Mobility in business has transitioned from the exception to a widely accepted and desired expectation
Smart phones, tablets, and laptops have become tools for the modern worker to remotely access documents, files and get work done from anywhere. Workers striving for better collaboration, such as receiving an electronic signature or editing a document on the go, are key drivers behind the adoption of mobile technologies in the work place.
But it’s not just mobile devices with email that are making more collaborative work possible. These tools, in conjunction with access to cloud-based technology and mobile apps, are contributing to a surge in productivity and business growth. This is the essence of mobility: a secure and common work experience on any device that empowers the modern worker to do better work, whenever.
Increased productivity and streamlined processes ranked highest among the reasons business owners and managers provide mobile options for their teams.
Thomas-Aguilar, “2015 State of Business Mobility Report”
Though research shows 80–90% of US employees want mobility in the way they work, it is not just about improving employee satisfaction (1). Research indicates that increased productivity and streamlined processes ranked highest among the reasons business owners and managers provide mobile options for their teams (2). Adopting mobile technology will have an intangible impact on your business, as well.
These range from:
- Providing a more responsive service to your clients
- Being able to hire specialized and soughtafter talent otherwise unavailable
- Having reassurance that your technology is there to support you, your managers and your team
It’s in these ways that businesses can see the ROI measured by the benefits outlined in the rest of this paper.
Improve Speed and Efficiency: The increase of speed and efficiency that result from adopting mobile technology shows itself in your team’s productivity and self-satisfaction. For example, a recent study revealed organizations that implemented mobile technologies saw a 50% increase in productivity for their team and a 39% increase in employee morale (3). Not only do mobile technologies and cloud-based services provide a unique and flexible way for employees to manage their own workflow and schedules, it also provides a way for smaller IT departments, or even individual IT roles, to manage and support the entire team using less time-consuming and more cost-effective measures. 60% of companies in a recent Harvard Business Review survey said that the cloud has improved employee productivity, mainly through the simplification of operations, better delivery of internal resources, and improved ways for employees to collaborate.
"Mobile technologies contributed to a 50% increase in team productivity and a 39% increase in employee morale."
Tchkotoua, “3 Advantages of Enterprise Mobility Management for SMBs”
Secure Process and Collaboration: Relying on a trusted set of mobile solutions is imperative to your entire team’s ability to collaborate effectively and efficiently. Knowing client data is safe and secure on any device gives everyone on your team the reassurance to keep work moving, whether in the office or in the field. When you proactively provide the mobile technology that you want your employees to use, you can create and enforce new standard operating procedures that will reduce confusion between employees, increase productivity, and provide transparency. In fact, 54% of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are already supporting access to business data on employee’s mobile devices, and 42% of SMBs are already supporting tablets (4)...
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1. “Latest Telecommuting Statistics.” Global Workplace Analytics. 2015. http://globalworkplaceanalytics.com
2. Thomas-Aguilar, Blakely. “2015 State of Business Mobility Report.” VMware Air Watch. 11 Nov. 2015. http://blogs.airwatch.com
3. Tchkotoua, Chalva. “3 Advantages of Enterprise Mobility Management for SMBs.” NaviSite. 11 Jan. 2016. http://www.navisite.com
4. “Businesses Embracing Mobility Are Averaging 150% ROI: VMware.” Datamation. 11 Nov. 2015. http://www.datamation.com/