Mobile and your Workplace of the Future

Transforming an organization’s workplace of the future to drive productivity enhancements, without a solid and forward-thinking strategy around mobile, is like putting 89 octane gas in a Ferrari; you’re just not going to get the performance you expect out of it.

When it comes to achieving dramatic gains in workplace productivity, through mobile enablement, most organizations are still at the beginning of their journey. Some believe that mobile starts and ends with delivering email and calendar to a mobile device (usually a smartphone). Unfortunately, for a lot of organizations, that is also where their ‘BYOD’ and ‘corporate-owned’ mobile program stops and ends; and typically only a small subset of employees ‘qualify’ for a corporate-owned device or BYOD. Mobile strategy can be so much more.

If your organization has not done so already it is time to expand mobility. A broad eligibility definition across BYOD and corporate-owned programs is required to get to the next level. This can be done inexpensively and securely. No employee should be left without access to corporate resources on mobile. Think about having the power of Google G Suite anywhere, anytime to create and collaborate with teams in real time! The productivity gains are huge.

Also, using larger form factors such as tablets and PCs should also be part of an organization’s BYOD model and road-map. New technologies are emerging, and rapidly maturing, that will allow an organization to meet its security objectives while expanding BYOD to larger form factors (regardless of platform). It is also critical that a modern BYOD program focuses on being device agnostic; organizations must stop trying to limit to a single platform e.g. Windows…this battle has been fought and lost. iOS, Android, and ChromeOS are becoming as or more important than Windows.

Lastly, when it comes to mobile, organizations should also be thinking about the role mobile plays in attracting the next generation of workers. Baby boomers are beginning to retire in big numbers. I can guarantee you that your organization is not going to look attractive to the next generation of talent if ubiquitous mobile isn’t a core aspect of your workplace strategy. The same also applies if your organization isn’t offering G Suite to recent grads. It is extremely important not be on the losing end of shifting demographics. Without the ability to attract new talent, your organization’s business is at risk. 

In conclusion, let’s put some 94 octane gas in that Ferrari…or better yet, upgrade your mobile strategy to a Tesla or any EV, for ultimate performance (and help save the planet at the same time)!

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Colin Woodford
Managing Director, Consulting
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