The days when employees have to work from the same workplace, always, are now disappearing as the mobile revolution changes the definition of workspace.
Instead of a physical place, offices become virtual, supported by a mobile workforce that operates flexibly, where and when it makes more sense.
Even according to Strategy Analytics, the global mobile workforce will be 1.87 billion people in 2022, representing 42.5% of the total.
Mobility will be a big part of the office culture in the future, and being able to support moving work will be an important competitive advantage. This means, for companies of all sizes, that it is vital to make sure that employees are connected and productive even on the move.
Massimiliano Grippaldi, Regional Sales Manager of Pfu Italia, suggests three macro actions to be taken to make the workspace permanently mobile.
First move: Byod and Cyod without if and without but
The first step to enable a mobile workforce is to allow staff to use their devices: phone, tablet or laptop.
Embrace a culture Byod (bring your own device) and Cyod (choose your own device), according to which employees choose a device from a number of default options, helps to contain costs but The inclusion of different mobile devices on the network is in itself a challenge.
Companies must be able to manage a diverse range of devices and corresponding platforms including Apple iOS, Android and Windows.
Then, since most business applications run on Windows, the second challenge is to make these Windows-based applications available on mobile devices that employees choose, whether Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android or other
Finally, there is the challenge of compliance with safety and data regulations. With a mobile workforce, company data leaves the company every day and when a device is lost, the information contained is also. It would seem insurmountable, but fortunately they can be solved by migrating to cloud-based computing.
Second move: using the cloud
The cloud supports the productivity of a mobile workforce because it offers a platform for accessing documents and applications wherever you are.
One solution suggested by Grippaldi is the remote application delivery (RAS) with virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).
By hosting work resources, from desktop applications, files and business folders, to proprietary applications, in a central cloud-based repository, a company can make them available to remote users in complete safety wherever there is a
Centralizing application management with a cloud delivery platform facilitates IT administrators’ work, since, with the Byod, you can easily apply a rigid separation between personal and business data.
Providing cloud-based applications from a central location is easy for IT to back up endpoints, implement and maintain security, and meet compliance requirements.
Third move: digitize the paper
All good as long as it is a matter of using a mobile workforce for some activities, but what happens when dealing with paper documents such as receipts, contracts, or business cards?
No one wants to manually transfer texts and statistics from paper to digital, even if it’s easy to do so with a phone or tablet.
In order to be truly mobile, information must be able to move between the physical world, i.e. paper, and the digital world. By digitizing paper documents, the information contained becomes usable on a mobile device, a significant plus for the mobile worker.
The best way to do this, for Grippaldi is to use a mobile scanner that can bypass a computer and acquire directly on a mobile device, whether WiFi enabled, connecting with Windows, iOS or And
For Grippaldi, business leaders who want to boost productivity and reduce costs should consider all these three actions.