The Benefits of adopting mobile devices within the workforce is becoming extremely popular as businesses are striving to find innovative ways to increase employee productivity. This can mean employees working more flexibly in a highly dynamic business environment or responding to real-time information at the ‘wisp of a wand’. The devices available to achieve such things are mainly dependent on individual business needs, nonetheless, still remaining accessible to all. With this being said I have listed 10 ways in which businesses can mobilize their workforce using technology.
1. Tablet PC’s – These devices are similar to notebooks but their wireless capabilities and intuitive touch screen user interfaces make you feel right at home. For the real business savvy, tablet computers are no stranger to fully functional operating systems such as Windows and being highly compacted are adaptable to your work-space layout.
2. Laptops and Notebooks – Another great addition to office mobility, offering powerful alternatives to desktop computers with excellent software handling capabilities. Laptops come in a huge variety of sizes, specifications and designs which you can use to your advantage.
3. PDA’s – The Personal Digital Assistant or PDA could be thought of as the predecessor to the modern day smart phone. PDA’s often pack large screens operated by their stylus counterpart and are capable of running limited versions of office software. Additionally the PDA’s offer remote access to email, schedules and documents through WIFI or Bluetooth connectivity.
4. 3G Phones – 3G stands for 3rd generation and currently dominates contemporary mobile broadband connectivity. The main benefit of 3G devices are that they are always connected to the internet and offer quick access to web pages.
5. GPRS – The General Packet Radio Service is the predecessor to 3G technologies which also allows mobile phone users to connect to the internet on the move. GPRS devices are an alternative to 3G as they are normally a more cost effective way to communicate business initiatives between employees.
6. WIFI – A name given to given to a group of standards, which governs the use of wireless technology and effectively revolutionising how we communicate today. WIFI technology offers users super quick access to the Internet and is widely available to the public through the development of WIFI hotspots.
7. Extranets – Essentially this is a private network in which businesses can operate using a standard Internet browser. The information included on an Extranet network may include product information, pricing and payment processes. Obviously concerns about network security may be an issue but Extranets combat this with password protection and structured levels of permeable access.
8. VPN –Virtual Private Networks offer a secure way to deliver remote access to private networks. Again, security threats are stabilized with high end encryption which leaves you to concentrate on collaborating with your virtual workforce.
9. Bluetooth – Bluetooth wireless technology uses radio waves to allow instant connection with other Bluetooth compatible devices. The great thing about this way of communication is that no phone or Internet connection is needed. Therefore activities such sharing contact information and mobile printing becomes as easy as can be.
10. Cloud Service Providers – These are companies which manage an online infrastructure where clients have the ability to manage, create and share information through a range of web based applications.