Thinking of smartphones and tablets as consumer-focused devices or not fit for professional environments may have been common as recently as a few years ago, but is distinctly out of date today. Whether organizations are handing out hardware or taking the budget-conscious move of allowing to workers to bring their own, offices and traveling employees are connecting via both phones and tablets. This means mobile content may be exceptionally useful in empowering workers, whereas programs restricted to desktop PCs may seem incomplete.
In the past, it may have been worrisome that the mobile environment is split between Apple iOS, Google Android and several other operating systems. After all, corporate content taking app form would have to be developed several times over, once for each platform. Today, however, reliable Web apps accessible through browsers have changed these requirements and opened up the possibility of software that counts both PC and mobile as supported platforms.
"Software for employee devices can sometimes fall by the wayside."
How mobility works
Becoming a mobile-enabled company means more than just setting up a few devices. As Computer Business Review recently pointed out, there are a few vital steps that ensure organizations are on the right path. The source explained leaders can turn to solutions that increase the productivity of their employees, especially younger workers. These professionals just need the right equipment and a framework to operate beyond the boundaries of the office, taking a great deal of tech support into their own hands.
When it comes to providing software for the devices employees are using, this important element can sometimes fall by the wayside, according to Computer Business Review. The source quoted VMWare's Alistair Wildman, who surmised that companies might decide that buying devices is the crux of the mobile strategy. This then leaves them with plenty of potential avenues to increase productivity, but no action on that front. An executive with an iPad can access a wide variety of applications, but unless businesses commission or develop their own software, the devices may not help with everyday work.
Velocity Director Stuart McDonald told the source there is plenty to be said for speaking with employees and determining what they want or need to accomplish through mobile hardware. Software to address these challenges is a great role for corporate applications, but to get this type of functionality, businesses will have to make the effort. Due to the large numbers of devices already present in the consumer sector, this part of mobility has become a baseline - adding the software is what makes companies excel.
Training on the go
One important corporate tool that can go mobile is eLearning. As Chief Learning Officer reported, a 2014 Gallup poll determined millennials have joined the workforce in a big way, making up one-third of U.S. employees in 2013. The source noted that reaching these professionals can involve switching eLearning to be more mobile. Furthermore, such a program should not be limited to the youngest fraction of the workforce. CLO explained there are now plenty of smartphones in use among baby boomers. Assuming these professionals aren't ready for mobile apps as a training method may be outdated thinking.