Mobile devices have become increasingly ubiquitous among the general population. According to recent studies, more than half of the U.S. population now has a smartphone, and that percentage is only set to increase in the coming years.

As mobile devices have become commonplace, business owners and executives are typically far more interested in the impact these devices can have in the workplace. Ultimately, the question for your company is whether or not enterprise mobility technology can be a viable replacement or counterpart to more traditional desktops and laptops.

Choosing BYOD or company-provided devices

The "Bring Your Own Device" trend has been growing substantially. The benefits of this policy to you are reduced overhead for the company and lower IT costs. Company-provided devices, on the other hand, allow for more control over your employees' devices and enable you to ensure that they are used strictly for business purposes.

At the end of the day, the most important factor is that employees have access to these devices, regardless of whether they are provided by the employee or the company.

Benefits of mobile devices for employees

There are a number of increasingly vital benefits that mobile devices can provide. While some of these advantages also pertain to laptops, mobile devices are better designed to be particularly effective at certain tasks.

Easier to collaborate and communicate

Mobile devices are, first and foremost, communication devices. However, those benefits extend beyond simply phone calls and text messages. Mobile storage services like Microsoft's OneDrive and video conferencing services such as Skype allow your employees to share information and communicate anywhere in the world that they have access to a cellular network.

Company information is more secure

While laptops can be mostly secured, ultimately they are still vulnerable to dedicated hackers and malicious code that can be inadvertently downloaded by your employees -- not to mention lost or stolen when employees take them out of the building.

On the other hand, mobile operating systems such as Apple's iOS, Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows Phone OS are all far more secure than Windows for PCs (and arguably even OS X). In addition, there are a number of third-party or proprietary applications that can be used to ensure that all of your company's sensitive information sent or received from your employees' mobile devices is secure.

The bottom line is that mobile devices make employees happier and more productive. Ensuring that your employees have the tools they need to maximize their productivity increasingly means embracing enterprise mobility technology.

 

Alastair Mitchell

Co-founder

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