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Dangerous Digital Business Myth: We're Always Connected
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jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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1/2/2014 | 1:18:22 PM
Re: A very real problem
It was only until the last year or so that my neighborhood in a nearly urban area got a strong enough Verizon signal for my phone to work routinely using 4G. I still default to WiFi whenever I can, but the fact remains that businesses need to plan for low or zero bandwidth for their employees.
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1/2/2014 | 1:09:25 PM
Re: A very real problem
Very good point on the tension here between access and security. And you don't have to venture into "very" rural to lose cellular connectivity. Plenty of pockets of merely suburban neighborhoods don't have strong enough cellular coverage to do data work. 
RobPreston
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1/2/2014 | 12:17:30 PM
Another Chump
Yeah, I'm one of those chumps who still feels a bit guilty using my iPhone to check competitors' prices and offerings while shopping in a store. But stores better start targeting the non-chumps with in-store online promotions and other incentives to get consumers to show up in their stores. 
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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1/2/2014 | 12:09:21 PM
A very real problem
If CIOs or other leaders haven't experienced this, it probably isn't easy to remember that connectivity in the US not only lags other highly connected nations, but is still fairly well limited to major population areas and transportation avenues. When you work with folks in very rural parts of this nation, this problem is very real. When you travel to less developed countries on a regular basis, this problem is very real. Herein lies the dilemma around VDI and not storing data on the mobile device. If your employee doesn't have network access, they are not able to work if there's nothing cached locally. When building a mobile strategy, security of the device must be balanced so that productivity isn't completely hampered in the quest to keep data safe and secure on the server.
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