Brian Katz

Brian Katz

Brian is a director at pharmaceutical company Sanofi, where he manages mobile initiatives, including mobilizing the salesforce, building best practices for developing apps, handling BYOD initiatives, enabling new devices and form factors for success, and looking at ways to innovate in the mobile space for Sanofi. He started his career working with a multi-national New York financial company as an email architect, designing and maintaining their email and communications systems, which also involved supporting their mobile computing platforms. He later moved to Sanofi where he led the x86/Microsoft server group for many years before moving into his current position. He blogs on mobility, consumerization, and user-oriented computing at A Screw's Loose, where the original versions of his posts are published.

Stop treating mobile as a cost center

You won't net much savings for your company if you don't consider mobile's value along with its costs

How a trickle of BYOD costs can turn into a deluge

A few dollars in excess usage here, a few in overseas roaming there can make BYOD a pricier approach than it's worth

Forget tech strategy: Business strategy is what matters

Technology strategies are often useless because they're not expressions of a business strategy

The 10 plagues of mobile

The Passover story is an apt parable for today's office workers yearning to be set free

IT versus Angry Birds: Time to stop being the pig

The productivity police role is wrong for IT and wrong for encouraging real productivity

BYOD is a four-letter word for too many

'Bring your own device' needn't be 'bring your own disaster' -- it can be a productivity dessert instead

Buzz off: Fixing mobile's interruption culture

Checking your email and responding to every alert at dinner, in meetings, and so on is simply bad etiquette

Fearmongers miss the point on mobile security

Mobile security is too focused on securing the barn doors after the horses have gone, not about protecting the horses

An ode to BYOD

Forget all the nonsense about cost savings and productivity -- true as they may be, the real reason for BYOD is personal

BYOD, MDM, COPE -- don't drown in mobile's alphabet soup

All those acronyms represent solutions seeking a problem when the real goal should be to satisfy users' needs well

Stop monkeying around: Devices aren't the secret to mobile productivity

Merely giving people iPhones and Androids is like giving monkeys typewriters -- you need to focus on business needs

Building great mobile apps has nothing to do with the language or IDE

Skip all the noise about HTML5 versus native, and get away from monolithic app design to avoid crapplications

BYOD vs. COPE vs. provisioned: That's the wrong question to ask

If you start with the answer, you'll force-fit the real needs into it, which is a surefire way to not address those needs

Sorry, but a VPN is not the only secure mobile connection

Black-and-white thinking on security leaves organizations blind to gamut of secure but enabling approaches available

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