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Integrating Mobile Devices into the Workplace

By Nextrio on October 26th, 2014 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmailby feather

172587852The use of mobile technology in the workplace is on the rise. Encouraging the effective use of mobile devices can improve communication and productivity regardless of your industry. Whether you choose to issue company-owned devices or encourage employees to use their own mobile technology for workplace benefit, effective technology management is an essential step in integrating modern technology into your business.

Device Distribution

There are two major methods of mobile technology integration into the workplace. Companies can choose to purchase equipment for use by employees, either on an individualized basis or to be signed out and returned as needed. Alternatively, companies can encourage the use of personal devices for workplace purposes, called Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). While the second approach can be less costly to your business, it does raise issues of security with regard to information exchange. If you choose to encourage a BYOD policy, it’s important to develop usage policies and maintain secure network access requirements.

Device Syncing and Cloud Storage

Device syncing and cloud storage can improve workplace productivity by maximizing the unique benefits of mobile technology. These practices allow for the instantaneous transfer of information among two or more devices, which allows information and applications to be “carried” easily from place to place. In some cases, software applications allow syncing regardless of the brand of device being used; in other cases, brands such as Apple allow easy syncing among all devices they manufacture. Cloud storage is often more versatile in terms of device brand, but requires the use of an outside server to host documents and information. The applications you need to make available to your employees may in part play a role in determining whether company-issued technology or a BYOD policy is best for you.

Mobile technology integration could enhance your business operations and improve employee productivity. Let Nextrio help you integrate devices and more into your workplace today—visit our website or call (520) 519-6301 to find out more about our information technology management services.