October 29, 2013

Join Syncplicity by Axway and EMC Isilon for a Live Webcast on November 5, 2013

On November 5, 2013 Syncplicity by Axway will announce new and significant features in a live event from key executives at Syncplicity by Axway and EMC Corporation. As Syncplicity by Axway redefines how you share and store files, you’ll want to hear what the future of online file sharing will look like across your enterprise. 

During the live event we are announcing:

•    New mobile solutions that allow data access on EMC Isilon storage
•    Enhanced data compliance, privacy and security controls
•    Next-generation frictionless user interface and experience 

Participate in the question and answer session during the webcast event and get answers from our team of Syncplicity by Axway customer success, product marketing and system engineering experts.  Start engaging in the pre-event rumors, chatter and leaks when you follow @Syncplicity by Axway and @jpatel41 with hashtag #EMC. 

Join the live event on November 5, 2013 T 8:00 AM PST. 

October 28, 2013   |   by Kristie Conner

Syncplicity by Axway and OneLogin Deliver Free Active Directory Group Sync

Syncplicity by Axway has joined forces with OneLogin, a leader in Identity and Access Management, to provide our customers with a solution that makes it easy to integrate to Active Directory. For users, this means little or no steps to get started – no new accounts or passwords to create. For IT, this means ensuring password policies are always enforced and the risk of manually keeping track of multiple employee accounts are eliminated. Better yet, this is available at no charge for any Syncplicity by Axway customer.

A few months ago we released easy and secure user provisioning. This allows companies to quickly on-board large numbers of users while ensuring files don’t fall into the wrong hands through automated account disablement, deletion, or remote wipe of data from departing employees’ devices.

Today, we are excited to announce the availability of Active Directory group membership sync. This allows IT departments to use AD groups to manage their Syncplicity by Axway group memberships and continues to allow AD to be the single source of truth for assignment of all a user's entitlements. Companies can leverage their existing AD group memberships to facilitate sharing folders and files that are relevant to roles within the organization. Furthermore, as Syncplicity by Axway groups can be used to assign storage quota to users, IT administrators can now use AD groups to control how much storage is allocated to users based on existing organizational structures.

OneLogin and Syncplicity by Axway Webinar

Register to learn more about Syncplicity by Axway, OneLogin, and the benefits of cloud identity management on October 23, for a 30- minute webinar with Leonard Chung, Syncplicity by Axway Co-Founder & Chief Product Strategist and Mario Tarabbia, Onelogin Director of Business Development.

October 28, 2013

Closing the Gap between Desktop and Mobile

In 2003, BlackBerry turned the cellphone into the first generation of smartphones by combining email support with cell phone technology—one device functioning as both PDA and mobile phone. In 2007, Apple created the second generation. The iPhone took the market by storm with its touchscreen and streamlined user interface. It merged the smartphone, camera, and music player into one powerful and unified consumer device, elevating smartphones to new heights.

The Gap between Desktop and Mobile Platforms

In less than a decade the smartphone has become ubiquitous, and now the third generation of mobile devices is evolving. The Galaxy S4 has a 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, 64 GB of flash storage, and a 1080 x 1920 pixel screen resolution. Comparable with today’s mid-range laptops and desktops, that’s enough computing power to meet the needs of most business users. As much computer as phone, it is an essential business tool, operating in tandem with PCs, enterprise software systems, and networks. But a gap exists between desktop and mobile platforms. We bridge it as best we can by carrying multiple devices and using desktop and mobile software to access content and applications at work and on-the-go.

However, the gap between the mobile and desktop experiences also presents opportunity. Two very different companies are using two very different approaches. One is taking the desktop paradigm and adapting it to mobile. The other is starting with mobile and morphing it to the desktop. Both mark the evolution of the third generation smartphone.

When it released Windows 8, Microsoft came under fire for making radical changes that left its core user base bewildered. Nevertheless, reconstructing Windows for mobile was a bold and challenging move. The new release has remnants of its classic desktop, and version 8.1 will bring more of those back, but Windows 8 has made meaningful progress in integrating the keyboard and mouse metaphor with the mobility metaphor. In another few years, it will be totally optimized for mobile.

Ubuntu a Linux-based operating system, began with mobile. Ubuntu phones can provide a full desktop experience simply by docking with a monitor and keyboard—they describe a phone running their mobile OS as a “superphone that’s also a full PC.” Only ten years after the introduction of the first BlackBerry smartphone, we have the hardware and software to replace a PC with a pocket-sized phone.

Impact of Third Generation Mobile Devices

The third generation of mobile devices will have a profound impact on software development. As the gap between mobile and desktop closes and people begin to use their smartphones as their primary computing device, operating systems and applications will become ambidextrous. A smartphone will have to act as a desktop when plugged into a keyboard and monitor, and then seamlessly switch to the mobile paradigm when unplugged. Software applications will present a user interface and experience that is optimized to the modality under which the device is being operated. It is this ability to adapt to multiple modalities that will transform today’s software applications and power the next generation smartphones that double-up as computers that fit in our pocket.

While Microsoft is redesigning the desktop for mobile, Ubuntu is morphing the smartphone into a desktop. How long will it be before we have fully functioning third generation devices that close the gap? And which approach will get us there first?

How does this impact how we think about mobile and desktop development here at Syncplicity by Axway? That will be the subject of my next blog. Stay Tuned!

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