Going Mobile For Small Businesses

Posted by: Bart Bushong on August 22, 2014
Going Mobile For Small Businesses

More and more businesses are finding that mobility is the key to their growth and success. Forbes says, “Mobility combined with cloud computing is changing business – to make it more immediate, more relevant, and more intelligent.” From the minute you wake up, you can be connected to your business just as if you were in the office. Technology can take your business to the next level. Imagine if you could conduct your business from the doctor’s office, the auto shop, or even the beach. Well this kind of access to data and applications is now here.

Microsoft says:

The next wave in enterprise mobile will be about enabling a fluid, seamless mobile experience for users. Going mobile is no longer about carrying a single mobile device. Going mobile now means the ability for any user to pick up any device in the context of what they are doing, and have instant access to all of the “stuff”-settings, data, and applications that follow the user and flow seamlessly from device to device.

You may think this kind of access to your company data is only for big businesses, but with the advances that have been made in cloud computer and mobile apps, even small businesses may be able to take advantage of this kind of flexibility less expensively than you think. And doing so can positively impact your business’ bottom line. Below are some advances that are helping businesses go mobile:

  1. Cloud storage. Cloud storage is revolutionizing the way businesses keep data. Not only is it a great, distributed way to store data so that it can’t be lost in a disaster, but it makes all a business’ data available from any device.
  2. Mobile applications. More and more out-the-box software is changing to a more mobile paradigm. A lot of software is now web-based (rather than a program that is installed on your PC) or stores data in the cloud for access from anywhere. And many of these companies now provide apps for both Android and iPhone to allow you to access the software more easily while you are on the go. Search the app store for your most-used software packages – you may be surprised what you find.
  3. Bring your own device (BYOD) policies. Once businesses can overcome the security and compliance issues with multiple mobile devices, they can realize the benefits of a workforce who provide tablets and smart phones which they carry all the time.

If you aren’t sure how your business can safely and inexpensively take advantage of going mobile, contact us today. We’d be happy to consult with you and help you find the best fit for your business.

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