Accordant and Citrix Make Your Business Mobile

Accordant Technology is proud to announce we have reached Gold partner status as a Citrix Solutions Provider. Accordant is the only gold partner based in Tennessee.
“Making the move from a Silver to Gold partner is a reflection of our commitment to Citrix by way of revenue and continued education for our staff, ensuring we are always working to receive new technical certifications with the software provider’” said Tim Tyler, President, Accordant Technology.

What is a Gold Partner?
Being a Gold partner allows Accordant to bring more value to the market as our Citrix knowledge and working experience continues to grow. This is very important to us as this status does not simply state that mean that our team can sell Citrix products, it means that our team can provide Citrix professional services along with those products, and that is something we take very seriously.

So why Citrix?
Accordant is a professional IT service provider, and it is our choice as to which IT solutions we sell to our clients. We choose to sell and service Citrix because we believe it to the be absolute best of class for desktop and mobility virtualization. No matter if you compare Citrix to its competitors based on performance, scalability or cost, we think they are superior.

Citrix allows Accordant to help our clients balance their work and personal time. We live in a mobile world, and people demand access to anything from anywhere in order to work and live better.  Citrix is a catalyst to mobility as it allows people to be productive while achieving work/life balance. This helps our clients recruit and maintain top talent by being flexible, mobile and current.

Mobile workspaces are not the future, they are here. Let Accordant and Citrix make your mobile experience seamless.

2015 TECH TRENDS

Advances in technology have taken the workplace to levels most of us never imagined possible. And with changes happening on an almost daily basis, it’s important to have an IT provider that keeps your company ahead of your competitors. So, what’s happening in technology in 2015? We can expect to see:
Small Businesses and Cloud Technology
Small businesses are increasingly utilizing Cloud solutions instead of investing in office hardware and purchasing software. Companies are developing office infrastructure on the cloud which cuts costs and makes the workplace accessible remotely.
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
With workplace software and data accessible via Cloud, offices are becoming more flexible with where and how employees work. BYOD policies, which allow employees to use their personal mobile devices, will continue to evolve, as companies save on the purchase of expensive office machines.
Wearable Technology
Fitness bands, smart watches and activity trackers will continue to proliferate in 2015. We’ll also see smart jewelry, wearable cameras (move over, Selfie Stick), and more companies attempting smart glasses and eye ware — the demise of Google Glass is not stopping anyone.
Mobile Payment
With the launch of Apple Pay in October 2014, the mobile wallet race is underway. According to Emazzanti Technologies, “More than 20% of worldwide payment transactions are made with a mobile device.” Look for competitors such as Google Wallet and Paypal to up their mobile payment capabilities.
Demand for Internet Anonymity
Though the failures of “anonymous” apps and social media services such as Whisper and Snapchat were well publicized in 2014, developers will continue to create more secure networks and messaging services in 2015. The demand for anonymous communication and behavior on the internet is still great, given the “identity fatigue” many feel from dealing with traditional social networks.

DO YOU HAVE A BYOD POLICY?

Offices employing a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) approach are on the rise. Companies can cut down on the cost of providing laptops and mobile devices by just making the personal devices of employees work-friendly, allowing access to company networks and information remotely. Employees gain greater flexibility with how and where they work. Here are a few benefits and concerns regarding BYOD policies.
BYOD PROS
Saving Money on Devices and Hardware
Employees may prefer to use their personal devices for familiarity and ease of use. A pro for companies is the cost savings that come with not purchasing numerous devices and other equipment like laptops and tablets. Your more tech-savvy workers who frequently purchase the latest smartphone and tablet technologies won’t feel like they’re held back by office distributed devices they might consider out-of-date.
Flexibility
The most obvious benefit a BYOD approach is increased flexibility, for both employee and employer. When employees can perform company tasks remotely, their overall productivity can improve. This flexibility also tends to yield greater job satisfaction (and better work/life balance), as workers feel less tied to their desks.

BYOD CONCERNS (When You Need Professional IT Services)

Security
Offices have sensitive information that requires protection, such as financial information, HR records, confidential legal documents, and client lists. An employee working remotely might compromise this data by carelessly using an unsecured network or participating in file sharing networks. A professional IT Service Provider can help keep your data safe.
Device Loss
When an employee loses a device containing company information (which could be sensitive), this poses a security risk for the company — particularly if the device is stolen). It is important that all devices, company or employee owned, that house your companies information, must be kept safe. This is entirely possible by adding such security measures with fingerprint access and regularly updated passcodes.
Employee Privacy Issues
Companies want to monitor data on devices so that security issues do not arise. Employees want to use their own devices without feeling like they’re being monitored. They may not trust employers with access to their personal data and correspondences (pictures, texts, etc), worrying that personal information will be used against them.
Get your Legal Ducks in a Row
If you do go with a BYOD approach at the office, just make sure you have a sound BYOD policy. Ensure that your employees are well-informed about privacy issues and the security of company information. Be sure and review the latest in legal issues surrounding BYOD, security and privacy.

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