Tuesday 24 January 2017

How Can Your SME Go Mobile in 2017?

Eleanor Collier

Published 15/11/2016 | 10:14

Mobility is now the expected standard for work and life worldwide.

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Small to medium businesses are taking advantage of this trend and allowing employees to work from anywhere to accommodate different work styles and to save costs. 

So how can your turn your small business in to a mobile business in today’s connected world? What are the key factors of success? What changes and improvements will you see in changing the culture of your organisation?

An agile mobile workforce is a good option for Irish firms. The business case is very compelling. Here are the top 3 advantages of mobilising your business in 2017:

1. Anytime, Anywhere

A mobile employee is an empowered employee. To be able to attract top talent and stay competitive, it’s crucial for companies to be able to accommodate this new mobile work style. Companies can also increase their size without needing a bigger office space.

Studies have found that telecommuters are frequently more productive than onsite employees and tend to work longer hours overall because they aren’t struggling with long commutes. They have less stress and increased productivity and mobile working results in lower rates of absenteeism. 

The latest research on mobility is touching on a factor that’s vital to businesses’ success – how mobility impacts the workforce. Employee mobility leads to 30% better processes and 23% more productivity and 100% more satisfied employees.

Now with decentralised cloud-based services, employees and their files are no longer tethered to a single device in a designated workspace.  From video conferencing, to content sharing, shared calendars and document storage, teams can work together collectively and be nimble and responsive.

2. Reduce the Worry of Securing Data

Working remotely means being portable and working from multiple devices but with portability comes security risks. Data security is the primary concern of nearly every business when it comes to the subject of mobility.

Going mobile and taking advantage of the cloud, however, doesn’t mean reduced security; in fact, for many businesses it actually increases security by providing you with better, built-in security features. If you think about it, the Cloud is as accessible to the small SME as it is to the largest corporate or even government body, so the small SME benefits from the enterprise level solution. There are administrative controls that further help secure your environment, along with layers of security features and operational best practices.

Mobile device management is easier as it’s possible to take over and remotely manage mobile devices whenever necessary, for example they can be locked or restricted if stolen and if found, user names and passwords can be reset, to enable access once again. If devices can’t be located, data can simply be wiped.

Businesses can also be helped to manage compliance with controls, in tandem with current regulations and standards across their particular industry and region. Server maintenance and system updates can also be handled, so that services are always up to date.

3. Teamwork makes the dream work!

Do you want your team to be more agile and responsive? Employees can be freed from the traditional device and location constraints to work wherever they need to. Synching information to the teams devices leads to the team working even better together and getting more done in less time wherever they are located. Documents can be safely stored, synchronised and are shareable at a moment’s notice, making collaboration on the go much easier.

Do you want your small business to go mobile in 2017? A free e-book from Microsoft – ‘Mobilise Your Business’ – reveals the steps here and shows how easy it is to mobilise, improve and do more for your small business.

Don’t get your head stuck in the cloud – run your business in it and get more done in less time. Learn more about the productivity benefits of cloud-based mobility at office.com/business.

Sponsored by: Microsoft

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