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10 Apps Blocked By Enterprises
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Mathew
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Mathew,
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11/22/2013 | 7:04:55 AM
Re: IOS and Android Enterprise blocking
WHT, I think service and manufacturing topped the list because those industries deploy a large number of very locked down systems, for example for their field force or in manufacturing environments. 
wht
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wht,
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11/21/2013 | 4:44:06 PM
re: 10 Apps Blocked By Enterprises
IT should not be expected to provide alternative sites in most cases...IT is not the creator of these lists in most cases, it is management, auditors, external audits, or regulatory requirements that drive the block lists.  For most of sites blocked there are no alternatives.  For example: we block Pandora to eliminate streaming excessive data to each employee.  A separate network or access method can be used to stream Pandora to a common music system in the office if desired. That does not degrade our Internet bandwidth for non business purposes. We could use the same method for Netflix in conference rooms, but not to desktops.  We do provide more secure data storage alternatives other than dropbox, etc. for sensitive data. 
wht
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wht,
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11/21/2013 | 4:28:55 PM
IOS and Android Enterprise blocking
I was surprised to see the article state that Manufacturing and Service industries topped the list.  I would expect Financial services to top the list, but perhaps they do the blocking internally as our company does.  Every financial firm I know of has sites and groups/classes of sites blocked from their networks and cell phones. The blocked site lists are what I know to be the typical ones.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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8/13/2013 | 9:25:54 PM
re: 10 Apps Blocked By Enterprises
I'm sure Angry Birds kills a lot of office productivity. But if I wonder if its creators feel sort proud when it appears on these sorts of lists. No other game tempts you to waste more time at work-- it's almost a marketing slogan.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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8/13/2013 | 8:31:13 PM
re: 10 Apps Blocked By Enterprises
I like the idea of turning on app-blocking when in proximity to the office. But many work remotely so maybe that same restriction can be set to block certain apps when an employee is connected to the VPN. Quick sidenote: Why would you blacklist Google+?? It's not as if it's fun or distracting a la Facebook. Having a thriving Google+ company page makes business and marketing sense. It has proven to help customer engagement and search engine ranking.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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8/13/2013 | 7:03:18 PM
re: 10 Apps Blocked By Enterprises
If IT is going to ban, it also needs to provide rapid, adequate support for alternatives. Telling people they can't do something without offering a compelling alternative is not conducive to employee compliance, satisfaction or, ultimately, retention.
RobPreston
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RobPreston,
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8/13/2013 | 6:30:20 PM
re: 10 Apps Blocked By Enterprises
IT Enemy No. 1 is Dropbox, but most employees use that for work purposes, not to futz around. There are few if any viable work uses for the likes of Angry Birds and Google Play Music, but Dropbox and Sugarsync are two different animals, even though there are legit security and compliance concerns about those apps.


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