By the end of 2014 it’s expected that there will be 7.2 billion global mobile connections, that’s a connection for every person on the planet! There’s 3 times more mobile devices than there are working TV’s! With such an explosion in mobile technology the world has changed forever. The convenience of mobile technology is already taken for granted but has allowed us to achieve things in seconds that only 10 years ago would have taken hours or even days.
There are apps available to assist us with every aspect of our lives, there’s even apps that help us with things we didn’t realise we needed assistance with! Communication, collaboration and personal development are just some of the topics that apps are available to streamline and make easier.
Not so long ago if you needed guidance to a certain location you had the following options:
- Use a map (book)
- Buy an expensive sat nav unit
- Head in the general direction and hope for the best
Now you simply use Google Maps or a similar map app on your phone, the only charge is for the data being used.
Employers are now starting to implement strategies to allow employees to use their own devices to carry out business processes and tasks. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) has many benefits over traditional company provided hardware, these include:
- Lower business costs
- Familiarity with technology
- Increased productivity
- Lower running costs
- The latest technology at employee’s fingertips
- Choice of technology
Until the advent of mobile technology employees were simply unable to use their own devices anywhere but at home. Now there’s a choice of laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, phones or even watches.
It’s all in the cloud
Ensuring that apps and software are aligned to the mobile way of thinking has led developers and app providers to supply their software entirely online, in the ‘cloud’. Businesses and individuals now understand the benefits of subscription based payments rather than a large up front cost, automatic updates and access 24hrs a day, 365 days a year.
Cloud software also means that there’s less of a requirement for businesses to acquire hardware to run resource hungry applications, meaning that IT departments can concentrate on proactive matters rather than the administration of running a bank of servers.
There’s no need for brands to invest in virtual private networks to allow their employees access to internal business systems, this can all be done, as standard, using cloud based solutions.
Touch screens are ‘the norm’
Swiping and tapping with our fingers are now a normal way to control apps and software. Turning the screen and expecting the orientation of a website or app to change is nothing unusual, in fact if the app can’t work in portrait and landscape we complain!
Laptops now come with touch screens as well as the traditional keyboard and mouse, probably meaning that these peripherals will be faded out and obsolete in a few years.
Working with a colleague or team is now something that doesn’t rely on everyone being in the same office.
Remote workers and telecommuters can talk, share their screens and see each other from pretty much any location. Employees are keen to use and learn the latest technologies on their own devices, meaning that the solutions they use are always up to date.
There’s such a variety of collaboration apps available that, no matter what your requirements, there’ll be an app or mobile site that’ll meet your needs. Businesses utilising mobile technology and BYOD are saving time and money, as well as increasing engagement and productivity, every day.
Wireless is available everywhere
With the growing expectations of free wifi in public places, most businesses now cater for mobile devices, allowing their customers to connect to the web via the connection they provide. This enables people to communicate and collaborate from coffee shops, planes, trains, hotels and pretty much anywhere else where we spend any amount of time.
There’s no escaping though
Being contactable anywhere, and at any time, means that we never really switch off. Many of us check our phones shortly after waking up for updates on the various social networks they participate in or the latest news? We get emails at any time of day, wherever we are. We even get reminded by our devices regarding any appointments we have in our online calendars, from our pockets!