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5 Key questions SMBs must consider before acquiring mobile devices

Jul 15, 2016 | 42Gears Team

5 Key questions SMBs must consider before acquiring mobile devices

Mobile revolution has boosted the growth of small- and medium-sized businesses. Integration of mobile devices has helped businesses become more efficient. It has given businesses an exceptional level of connectivity between employees, vendors, and customers. Instant sharing of information and accessibility leads to quick turnaround time which is important to stay ahead of the competition.

Small and Medium-sized businesses (SMBs) should consider these following questions to maximize the benefits of their mobile devices.

Can organizations ensure company information security?

Data security continues to be the principal concern for many organizations when it comes to mobile devices. A lost mobile device filled with confidential information could be huge concern for an organization irrespective of its size. A distinct approach is required to keep mobile devices secure and safe . Mobile security strategy must include a mix of tried-and-tested mechanisms. For example, firewall, malware protection and anti-virus protection and modern safety measures such as device lockdown and device management.

Can mobile devices replace laptops?

Organizations must ensure that employees who work on laptops are also comfortable with mobile devices. Mobile device features also affect mobile workers from performing their tasks efficiently. Planning carefully will result in a strategy that is flexible to meet the company’s needs today and in the future.

Can mobile devices accommodate changing needs?

With the wide variety of choices in mobile devices available for organizations, the right device must be prudently matched to particular employees and tasks. But what if tasks become too diversified or needs change? Using convertible devices that combine the features of tablets and laptops, organizations can remain flexible. For example, there are hybrid laptops where the screen of the device can be detached entirely from the keyboard.

Can organizations choose a single mobile platform and brand for their employees?

Organizations need to know whether they expect the employees who own mobile devices to use their own or company-owned. Companies also must consider which operating system and which brand of mobile device has to be given preference over others for employees to use. For example, big mobile brands like Samsung provide their partners with inexpensive mobile devices with business-friendly features like Samsung KNOX.

Can organizations rethink what tasks mobile workers can perform on mobile devices?

When businesses provide mobile devices to employees, they often want them to be able to access email and data anywhere. In the future, businesses can give employees access to a wide range of applications and empower them to expand their vision. For example, an organization can move beyond the basic requirements for a mobile device if it deems necessary. The organization can make a decision on allowing employees to use features like video conferencing that cut costs and enhances employee productivity.

Mobile devices help small businesses grow in numerous ways. Almost 80 percent of small business owners say they use their mobile devices even when desktop computers are close by. As a result of this all-pervading nature of mobile devices, it is important for businesses to have the answers to the above questions before taking the decision on choosing the mobile device.


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