Smartphones and tablets play a central part in our everyday lives. From voice calls and social media to text messaging and music, developers have somehow found a way to cram all the apps we’ll ever need into the palm of our hands. But that’s not all. Mobility combined with desktop virtualization or cloud computing can be a game changer, especially for small- to mid-sized businesses.
Most of the time, however, companies tend to overlook mobility and leave these solutions chained to office workstations, unable to truly realize their potential. Much like how a Ferrari is built to be driven fast, cloud computing and virtualization are designed to be mobile. If you haven’t embraced mobile accessibility yet, there are several compelling reasons why you should do so today.
Like it or not, employees can spend hours tapping away at their mobile devices. In fact, according to a Deloitte study, consumers check their phones on average 46 times per day. Most business owners will see this as a nuisance to operational productivity, but you should really consider it from a different point of view.
Thanks to advancements in mobile technology and mobile-compatible cloud applications, businesses can convert aimless phone browsing into focused remote working opportunities. Cloud applications like Office 365 are no different from the apps your employees download from the app store, but the applications can also allow them to co-author company documents, synchronize group calendars and Skype with their colleagues while they’re at home, on the road, or abroad. And, as a bonus, giving people the freedom to choose where they work boosts employee morale.
Collecting “big data”
Productivity isn’t the only benefit to mobile cloud computing. A decade ago, data collection and analysis meant remembering specific client information and transferring that data into an on-premise database. But not everyone has a memory like a steel trap. If these crucial client details fall through the cracks, your business can miss some great opportunities.
With mobile cloud tools like CRM or ERP software, companies can eliminate slow processes altogether. For example, sales staff can immediately update the database from their phones right after they’ve met with a client. In other words, your teams become accurate collection devices, allowing you to get a clearer picture of your business’s sales efforts, financial situation, and possible direction. Combine this newfound knowledge with your sales efforts, and you’ll see your sales conversion rates go through the roof.
More control, more security
Many business owners have reservations about bring-your-own-device or remote working strategies, and for good reason. The rise of Android and iOS hacks this year can frighten even the strongest advocate for mobile technologies. On top of that, there’s also the risk of connecting to unsecured public hotspots or unintentionally downloading malicious software. To put it bluntly, a lot can go wrong if all employee devices and software aren’t centrally managed.
This lack of control and security won’t be an issue if you use mobile desktop virtualization. Virtualization enables system administrators to control which resources or apps users can access. To this end, they can also virtually provision the latest security updates and network security software to mobile endpoints. And if employee smartphones, tablets, or laptops do get attacked, full isolation and encryption policies keep the damage contained.
Nothing is worse than a competitor beating you to the punch. If your business plans to stay abreast of the market, then employing a mobile strategy can give you an edge. For one, mobile cloud and virtualization solutions allow companies to serve clients on the spot, as opposed to having them wait in a long checkout line.
Just the fact that you have a mobile framework cements the perception that your company has its finger on the pulse of technological trends. This means you stand a much better chance attracting and retaining talent who want to use the latest iteration of the iPhone or Samsung for work.
Mobility is king
The truth is, cloud computing and desktop virtualization have several functions your company might not need. Mobility, however, is not one of those features. Purchasing a cloud or virtualization solution is pointless if you refuse to drive it to its limits. There is an urgency to get these technologies moving, and it’s because business productivity, device management, and flexibility are revved up to one hundred.
The proliferation of mobile frameworks in cloud computing and virtualization isn’t a fad, it’s a necessity. If your employees are still chained to their desks, it may be time to adapt these mobile-compatible technologies to move your business to even greater heights. Get in touch with us today to see how far our mobile accessibility and security framework can take you.