Using mobile devices to work productively

Monday 31 December 2012

The world of business is rapidly changing, as access to new technologies and solutions revolutionises processes and functions throughout the enterprise.

Companies are looking for new ways to empower their workers, and give them the tools they need to be more productive, more of the time.

The role played by the internet cannot be underestimated - access to the web enables workers to access programmes, files and documents from any connected device.

And increasingly, they can do so in any location - not merely at their fixed workstation in the office.

As mobile devices have become connected, and more sophisticated applications and tools have been developed, businesses are embracing enterprise mobility en masse.

They are changing the way they work to account for mobile working, and the vast range of benefits it offers to their people and the organisation as a whole.

Using mobile devices to work productively

For too long, employees have been required to have a presence in the office to work productively.

This is where their managers and colleagues are based, where they can access documents and resources needed to do their jobs, and where they can get online using a desktop PC.

But with the advent of mobile broadband, and the increasing penetration of mobile devices, the tie between a physical presence in the office and employee productivity has been broken.

Whether people are collaborating with their colleagues, conversing with clients, working on new projects or completing administration tasks, location is no longer seen as a constraint.

Business leaders and employees can use smartphones, media tablets and dongles to get online on the move, ensuring they can carry on working wherever they are.

So if they are required to travel two hours to a meeting, they can carry on working on the train. Hotel rooms, aeroplanes and even home studies can become remote offices, simply by using a mobile connected device.

Improvements to mobile broadband

Mobile broadband has been around for some time, but it is only recently that the platform has become fit for purpose in terms of working effectively on the move.

In past years, professionals struggled with slow download and upload speeds, patchy coverage, low browser quality and small screen sizes.

However, developments in each of these areas means there are increasingly few advantages to working on a desktop PC with a fixed broadband connection.

The arrival of 4G services means smartphone, tablet and dongle users can now access super-fast broadband speeds on their mobile devices.

During 2013, 4G broadband will become widely available across the UK - it is currently limited to a handful of cities - and this will create new options for businesses.

Mobile coverage will exist outside the main urban areas, meaning professionals travelling on a train between cities should not lose their connection.

And businesses located in the countryside should also be able to use super-fast mobile broadband, some time before fibre network infrastructure arrives in their locality.

With smartphones and media tablets offering enhanced browsers and bigger screens and keyboards, employees can work more productively.

This means they are spending less 'dead time' during the working day, enabling employers to see more of a return on their investment - and hopefully increased output.

Posted by Alex Boardman