Businesses that have been organized around the structure of an office can be redeployed as a mobile workforce. Large organizations that use an “enterprise mobility” approach can realize significant productivity gains. According to a survey by AppsFreedom, “84% of all companies who view themselves as innovative in mobility report an increase in overall productivity as a direct result from incorporating mobile apps into their business.”
Here is how improvements in business productivity can happen using an enterprise mobility approach:
1. Improved Productivity of Individual Employees
The productivity of individuals often improves when they are provided with the right productivity tools. Around the world, employees are using mobile apps for their email, calendars, and contact lists, having them always at hand when needed. Custom productivity apps specifically designed for the needs of your business can improve work processes especially if it integrates them into the workflow of an enterprise. The Orlando Brewing Co. “experienced significant productivity and competitive advances through the adoption of a custom corporate application leveraging mobility and real-time sales and inventory information, according to company officials.” One study in the UK shows that providing productivity apps to workers can, on average, boost productivity by 34 percent.
2. Significant Cost Reductions
The cost of the infrastructure to support a mobile workforce can be considerably less than that of equipping an office with desktop computers, networking, servers, and printers, especially if you use a “bring your own device” (BYOD) approach. It reduces overhead because there is less need for office space. Allowing workers to access company information, including training materials, on their mobile devices can save huge amounts of cash regarding travel, accommodation, instructors, etc., needed for classroom-based training or for searching for company data at the office before visiting a client. And, the time saved in not doing these activities can fill more orders or make more phone calls.
3. Faster Business Processes
Equipping employees with mobile devices and productivity software can often mean speeding up business processes resulting in improved customer service, increased efficiencies, better communications, and faster workflow. It can do responses in real time, improving turnaround and service, as Air Canada recently found in replacing paper processes with interactive mobile devices for ground staff. Faster mobile computers, coupled with more data and smarter algorithms, can enable employees to work faster and improve productivity.
4. Better Sales Experiences For Both Customers And Sales Staff
Using mobile devices can lead to more immediacy and even intimacy between sales staff and their clients. Customers are often in a hurry and want information and service as quickly as possible. Mobile sales enablement software can make this happen, using electronic catalogs, mobile ordering and payment systems, and access to the most recent sales materials downloaded into mobile devices.
5. Reduction Of Errors
The impact of errors on freight costs lost customers, and labor costs to fulfill backorders. Vaidy Iyer writes: ”In the past, procurement, supply chain management, and asset management tasks could take hours from multiple employees, all handling their specific part of the process. Now, one employee is spending a few minutes on a mobile app and completing previously complex tasks in a matter of a few seconds. At the same time, the usefulness of mobile device capabilities is reducing human error and increasing the accuracy of data captures.”
The bottom line is that an enterprise mobility strategy enables workers to apply mobile solutions that increase their output because of improved returns on the utility of their labor. It creates greater business value in a shorter period, boosting measures of productivity. Removal of bottlenecks and other constraints through mobile collaboration means the improved execution of critical tasks by employees.
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