Agile working through Mobile Technologies

The advances in mobile technologies have changed the way that we work, live and interact with each other, mobile devices are more and more moving away from just being a phone or just a business device and are fast becoming a communication hub that is an integral part of our daily lives. We now use smartphones to keep contact details of our friends and families and update them about where we are, send and receive emails, play games, pay for good and services and even interact with our environments through near field communication.

Because of this technological and cultural change we have also started to see the move away from the traditional desktop based computer towards a more flexible based systems so that we can quickly and easily communicate with our family and friends without having to move from our favourite arm chair, in fact we now have the freedom to connect anywhere that we can get a network connection.

The traditional sales man who is out on the road for a few days at a time and then has to return to the office to update his manager is slowly dying out, each salesman can now potentially work more efficiently from a laptop or tablet computer anywhere where they can get a wifi signal and be in touch with the office at a moments notice. They are able to join in meetings without having to miss a sales call and can be updated about orders when with a client or respond to potential leads very quickly.

In the conventional office working environment a power cut would lead to a potential disaster situation with your staff being unable to work if the power went out and the data could potentially be lost or corrupted if you are halfway through a transaction. In the new agile working environment this loss of power just means that to connect to your companies data all your workforce as to do is to relocate to somewhere where they are able to get onto the internet (unless of course your software as a service providers powers goes off as well)l.

Smart devices such as tablets and mobile phones allow users to interact with each other with ease from wherever they are located, your workforce is not now chained to the office and are able to arrange their working life more freely around their private one.

Video conferencing allows remote working staff to keep in touch with each other whether they be in the office or out in the field and can also allow you to talk face to face with your clients creating a more open and interactive feel to your business.

Remote Collaboration allow for your staff to work together on documents at the same time without having to be in the same location as each other, so your finance department could work with your legal team and your developers to quickly create a quotation that could have taken a lot longer had they worked on it separately or even to help to solve a problem that may have occurred on a site hundreds of miles away from the office.

Putting your data in the cloud could help you to save time and effort by being more agile by  being able to have access to your business data from anywhere so that you are able to work from wherever they are located and have the latest information from your business available to them instantly.

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