OPINION!plus Skype General Manager Andrus Järg: Cloud as the safest method of consumerization

Andrus Järg is General Manager of Skype Estonia. And find: The Future is in the cloud. In an interview, he explains what that looks like in concrete terms. Skype, which is now part of Microsoft, is considered the Estonian flagshipCompany: The software was developed by Estonians Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu and Jaan Tallinn.

Skype: further than many others

Employees no longer get a company cell phone, but use their own smartphones, emergencyebooks and tablets at work too. So far, Skype employees have been given company devices, which they can use to log into the company network at any time. For Andrus Järg, General Manager of Skype Estonia, the future clearly lies in the cloud: it has to be like this for sure that it doesn't matter from which device you access the data.

Järg is further along than many other company leaders - and that also applies to them Work organization. For example, Skype in Tallinn has a sauna with WiFi, and Järg himself says: “We have an open one here Office , no closed rooms, and I also work in an open office. That gives me a very good one Communication with my employees and also strengthened the cooperation with each other. The best Motivation for me are others People. So if I notice that my productivity is dropping, I seek dialogue with my employees and we try to find solutions together Problem to find."

Freedom of choice increases productivity

The danger of mixing between Job and privacy? According to a survey by ITcompany Citrix Systems, 31 percent of the companies surveyed worldwide already have bring-your-own-device guidelines with which they regulate how employees can also use their own end devices for work. Another 37 percent to plan Implementation in the next two years. This is not only cheaper for the company at first glance, the employees are also happy:

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A multi-year study conducted by TNS Global Research on behalf of Dell and Intel shows that freedom of choice in the Technology Employee productivity increases because employees are more aware, freer and more flexible on their needs adapted for a terminal decide.

So far: strict separation of work and private

In fact, consumerization, as the trend is also called, raises a number of technical and legal issues in this form Ask on: Above all, work and private life must be strictly separated on the end devices.

If, for example, professional data is synchronized with private contacts, calendars or cloud services, company data is at risk, and vice versa, privately used applications pose a significant security risk for ITSystem of the company.

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Different user profiles required

Various technical solutions are available for this problem: To install an application on the devices, which manages an encrypted data container with all business data and accesses. The Frauenhofer Institute has developed such software with BizzTrust.

Another option is to install different virtual machines. However, this requires deep interventions in the operating system that void the manufacturer's warranty and require special drivers that are not available for all devices. Finally, newer smartphones have them Solution already on board: Here you can easily switch between different user profiles.

Alternative Cloud?

Another option is to keep the company data on the company's servers during processing, or store the data in a cloud that is secure. This is also the solution that Skype Manager Järg suggests.

However, a working Internet connection is always necessary, which can not be guaranteed in rural areas or abroad. In addition, there are still concerns about data security.

Skype Manager Järg therefore has a simple answer for people looking for the risks ask: “That people Anxiety to be ahead of new developments is natural. It was the same with the computer – and it is normal today. It will be the same with cloud computing.”

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Andrus Järg on personal productivity

Here is a short interview that I had with Andrus Järg about his personal productivity:

What do you do first when you start your working day - at home or in the office?

I usually start my work in the 8.30 o'clock office, but it may happen that I start at home because we work as an international company in different time zones. First, I check the different communication channels and edit eg all of them eMails, which have accumulated overnight - of course, there are also many messages that arrive when I'm not working.

What distinguishes your working style?

Perhaps the most important hallmark of my work style is that I enjoy communicating with other people. I like it, Feedback and I always try to make decisions Team to fell.

How - by which tools and methods - do you increase your productivity?

I use video conferencing as often as possible. Even if the other party doesn't turn on video, I always start calls with a video. For us, a video call is something very natural, we also lead job interviews via Skype. Because we develop software, we also use numerous web development tools.

What do you do when productivity drops?

The best motivation for me are other people. So when I notice that my productivity is slowing down, I'm looking for an exchange with my co-workers and we're working together to find solutions to the problem.

Where do you work most productively?

I enjoy working in our office. We have an open office here, no enclosed space, and I also work in an open office. This allows me a very good communication with my staff and also strengthens the cooperation with each other.

Is not such an open office disturbing the concentration?

Of course, there are times when you're going to be specific Tasks must concentrate. We have special rooms for this or we can work from home - we don't have specific office hours, but people can work where and when they want.

How many hours do you sleep per night?

To be productive, I need my 8 hours of sleep. Of course there are situations about by Meetings or business trips where you have to make do with less. However, I have found that it is necessary to separate work and private life in order to Balance to get. I am a family man and have two children, to whom I try to devote as much time as possible and to whom I also want to set an example of a regular rhythm of life.

What else do you think about productivity?

It is sometimes difficult to keep the line between work and private life. But I communicate to my coworkers that they only disturb me in my spare time in emergencies. Of course, there are also weekends to work on, that can not be prevented.

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