Rob Bamforth

Rob Bamforth is a Principal Analyst working with Quocirca Ltd, focussing on business communications, with particular emphasis on where communications impacts people and things through mobile, social, unified and machine-to-machine (Internet of Things) communications. His overall experience combines sales and marketing, with an in-depth understanding of technology development and deployment.

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Email security retrospection

Posted by Rob Bamforth on May 9, 2017 10:51:27 AM

Keeping anything safe and secure involves multiple considerations. Avoid putting yourself in danger, put up a protective ‘shield’, detect when that is compromised, take mitigating action.

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Topics: email, security

Collaboration – Where AV And IT Meet?

Posted by Rob Bamforth on Mar 2, 2017 9:38:02 AM

There were plenty of amazing products launched and on display at ISE2017 in Amsterdam in early February. But in the background buzz there was a common theme of an industry in transition. While many talked about convergence between AV and IT, some fear the risk that it will actually be more of a ‘collision’. This will have a consequential impact on jobs and revenues.

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Topics: mobile, IoT, IT, AV, ISE2017

Durable and circular for more a sustainable mobile device strategy

Posted by Rob Bamforth on Feb 23, 2017 10:15:22 AM

Consumerisation of mobile technology has had many benefits. It has driven down the prices of devices, improved the user experience to the benefit of non-technical users. Plus, awareness and crucially acceptance, of mobile devices, has soared. All of this might seem good for the business, but there is a significant drawback. Consumer attitudes to technology can lead to a throwaway culture, with the obvious impact on wastage. This is not sustainable.

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Topics: mobile, Mobile Device Strategy

Mobile Devices At Work – A More Sustainable Approach

Posted by Rob Bamforth on Feb 21, 2017 9:38:22 AM

Mobile devices put access to IT right into the hands of people while they are out and about performing their work tasks. For many this is not just about ‘being in touch’ or getting access to useful data. IT tasks performed using the mobile device are critical to the business process.

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Topics: Mobile Devices, Mobile Device Strategy

Cellular rises as a driving force for SD-WAN adoption

Posted by Rob Bamforth on Sep 12, 2016 2:46:07 PM

There is no doubting the impact that software defined networking (SDN) is having in changing traditional approaches to connectivity. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the WAN with software defined wide area networks (SD-WAN).

This combination of cheaper commodity line connections, fast and streamlined hardware, all controlled by remote management software in the cloud is growing fast. In part this is because it offers lower cost, while still being well managed and secure. It also delivers on the software defined potential for truly flexible connectivity and capacity.

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Topics: cloud, Software Defined Networking, Software Defined Wide Area Networks

Not set in concrete - tailoring IoT to the business

Posted by Rob Bamforth on Aug 22, 2016 9:20:33 AM

Tailored services and personalised advertising is great isn’t it? People and organisations are no longer bombarded by things they are not interested in or can not respond to, only those things that are relevant.

In theory that’s what all the cookies, search histories and other smart stuff on the internet delivers, especially with all the recent attention on the Internet of Things (IoT). The reality is somewhat more patchy. Getting the right data to tune, tailor or personalise effectively is not that straightforward, as many online advertising attempts and email blasts seem to indicate.

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Topics: IoT, Data Analytics, Big Data

Integrating IoT into the business

Posted by Rob Bamforth on May 18, 2016 9:47:57 AM

The Internet of Things is the latest tech sector ‘must have’, with some even claiming organisations need to have a CIoTO (Chief IoT Officer). However, this is unnecessary and completely misses the point. The IoT is not separate or entirely new (being in essence an open and scaled up evolution of SCADA – supervisory control and data acquisition), but it is something that has to be integrated into the wider set of business needs.

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Topics: IoT, IoE

Simplifying meeting room management - the AV/IT challenge

Posted by Rob Bamforth on Feb 27, 2016 9:29:20 AM

Can't get the projector or video conferencing working? Cables, adaptors or remotes missing? It is a common problem and it might seem like these issues get in the way of progress in most meetings, but spare a thought for those having to manage this environment. Being the over-stretched technical expert called in just to find a cable or click a button for those unwilling or unable to follow an instruction sheet (which was probably tidied away by the previous night's cleaners...) can be a bit of a thankless task. 

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Topics: Microsoft, IoT, Overhead Projector, IT, AV

Connected To The Mobile World, But Not To The Room?

Posted by Rob Bamforth on Feb 21, 2016 11:52:07 AM

Mobile devices provide a mix of connectivity and compute power on the move for most employees, and with the huge upsurge in adoption of tablets and smartphones thispersonal power can be used anywhere and remotely from other colleagues. However, it is still important in most working environments to get together, share information, make decisions and assign actions - i.e. have meetings.

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Topics: BYOD, mobile, tablet, mobile convergence

Mobile - shifting from 'enabled' to 'optimised'

Posted by Rob Bamforth on Oct 30, 2015 6:39:51 PM

Rob Bamforth is a Principal Analyst at Quocirca.  This article is reprinted with permission, copyright Quocirca 2015

Workers have used various tools to access IT on the move for some time, but much of it was simply shifting desktop applications onto laptops and it took the arrival and massive success of smart phones and tablets to really get the mobile application sector moving. This in turn has created mobile app marketplaces and an opportunity for developers. 

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Topics: Apple, mobile, Android, 4G

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