The world of work has undeniably changed. The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated that change, but its roots go back 20 years—to the early days of the Internet, to the early days of working from home, and to the rise of mobile data connectivity. Suddenly, people could productively work from almost anywhere, and many people began doing just that.
The problem? As mobile working and remote working has become mainstream, the business mobile solutions that companies deploy to support their mobile working and remote working employees haven’t necessarily always evolved as quickly as the world of work has changed.
The gap between the business mobile solutions that many companies have in place today, and the business mobile solutions that they should have in place is giving rise to problems.
Problems in terms of lost productivity improvements, impaired connectivity, device management, and cyber security.
The good news? There are also opportunities at hand. Improving your business’s mobile solutions can unlock those opportunities.
Let’s take a look.
Connectivity without compromise
Compared to office-based networks and Internet access, mobile working and remote working used to involve compromises. Compromises in terms of bandwidth, speed, and usage limits. Home-based Internet access, or 3G-based mobile access, just weren’t as good as their workplace equivalents.
Today, 4G and 5G connectivity has revolutionised the art of the possible, with ever-increasing speeds, coverage, bandwidth, and usage limits. Forget connecting one device at a time—a laptop, say.
Today’s mobile workers and remote workers can connect multiple devices to their home office or remote networks, and do so without compromise. Laptops, IoT devices, smart watches, webcams, phones, printers, tablets: all seamlessly connected, empowering workers and dramatically transforming mobile worker and remote worker productivity.
It’s simply a better way of working—an enabled way of working.
Better device management
Think about those devices for a moment—those laptops, IoT devices, smart watches, webcams, phones, printers, and tablets. Once, the only devices that could connect to an employer’s corporate networks were the employer’s own devices. But that’s no longer the case.
In today’s modern workplace, BYOD—bring your own device—is commonplace. Some 82% of organizations today have an BYOD programme. Not because it’s fashionable or some modern corporate fad, but because employees are increasingly demanding it, wanting technology choices in terms of operating systems, technology brands, browsers and so on to be their own choices, and not those of their employer.
Apple or Android? Windows or iOS? Edge or Chrome? Dell or Lenovo—or some ‘power user’ brand, aimed at early adopters and high-end users? Such choices matter, both in terms of employee empowerment and user productivity. What’s more, they increasingly matter very much to millennial employees, who factor such freedoms and benefits into their choice of employer.
Managing this diversity need not be difficult. Not with a modern business mobile solution that is designed from the ground up to support it, centrally, and securely. The question: was your existing business mobile solution designed with that objective in mind—or is it a cumbersome afterthought?