Working On The Go – How You Stay Productive and in Control

working-on-the-goAs manager of Univention North America, I often find myself working on the go. While free WiFi and mobile Internet are slowly bridging the gap between the office, airport lounges and hotels, connections are often slow and congested whenever many people are congregating.

While many office documents can still be worked on when on the go, synchronization with the office and collaboration with coworkers are still difficult, especially, if you have to consider questions like data and transmission security, including secure access to the company network, travel across time zones or, oh horror, the date line and slow connections.

Of course, travel needs are not the only reason, why you would want to look at these applications, for synchronization and collaboration can also greatly benefit teams that work at multiple locations or colleagues frequently working from home. In the end, nothing is worse than finding out that an employee has uploaded much of the companies confidential knowledge base to a cloud service, because tablets, smart phones or collaborations are words that the IT office can’t be bothered with.

Free UCS Core Edition rapidly boosts popularity of Univention Corporate Server

Bremen, 1st July 2015 – Univention (www.univention.de) is amazed by the positive feedback that it has received on the free Core Edition of Univention Corporate Server (UCS), which has now been available for two months. The popularity of this Open Source server solution optimised for the operation and management of IT infrastructures and server applications as well as identity management in companies is growing at lightning speed. The integrated App Center with a constantly increasing number of enterprise applications has also contributed substantially to this success.

Identity Management – What you Need to Know

Identity management (IdM) in essence refers to the management or administration of individual identities within a system, such as a company or network.

Within the corporate world, ID management refers more specifically to providing IT managers with a centralised administrative system (Identity Management System – IdMS) where company users and permission restrictions to applications such as ERP, CRM, e-mail client etc etc can be grouped together and managed collectively. The principle objective behind IdM is to improve security and protection for sensitive company data and systems, whilst simultaneously improving productivity as well as reducing costs, downtime and repetitive time consuming tasks. [1]

Example Set Up

What makes Identity Management Systems such as Univention Corporate Server (UCS) so useful is that they can be integrated into a whole host of systems including for example corporate phone systems like pascom’s mobydick VoIP Communications Solution as illustrated by the following video.

Should QNAP servers be expanded with UCS and Zarafa or is it technical overload?

QNAP LogoIt’s not just in our working lives that digitalisation is constantly gaining ground; the number of digital devices we use at home is also increasing on a daily basis. A family of four or a shared flat can easily boast a formidable number of different devices and applications. It gets even more interesting when friends come to visit and want to play a movie on your television or use your printer. And it gets downright complicated if all these digital devices have to interact with each other too! In such cases, the requirements are often hardly any different from those of a small company, and the need for more comprehensive functions soon arises.

Many people already have a small home server at home, even if they don’t realise it. Boxes like QNAP, Synology and the like are often used for central file storage and as media servers, and these little boxes can really do much more than you’d think. So why not tap the existing potential?

1 Year Univention North America: The Move across The Pond

140826_Kevin_Dominik_KorteWhen I started at Univention’s Professional Services in Germany, one of the questions I was asked was “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”. Being prepared for the interview, my answer was a mixture of showing my idea of working with customers, my understanding of the technologies of UCS as well as my personal goals and dreams. Looking back to my answers in our HR folder, I have to admit that life has taken many turns that I didn’t plan for. Today, I’m no longer working in Professional Services. For a bit over a year, I’ve been Univention’s North American Operations dealing not only with technical projects but also with Sales, PR and Management as a whole.

What better chance is there to look back at the challenges and opportunities our move to the US has presented to us at Univention. I will look at the problems we could solve for our customers, the technical challenges UCS has mastered and how it changes us as a company when striving for perfection. For this reason, I’m happy to introduce this short series of blog posts looking back at the past and giving an outlook into the future: