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Mobile Devices for the Workplace

 

A hand holding a smart phone to show one of the mobile devices for the workplace

As new technology enters the market place, there becomes more options to save money and get information to your prospective clients. The largest push has been mobile devices such as tablet PC’s and Smart Phones. Why should you invest in these types of mobile devices for the workplace and your company?

Let’s take a look back to how you used to do business or currently still are doing business. Paper products were, (and is in some places still are) a way to store information for a meeting with your own employees or prospective clients; storing old documents on paper in file cabinets to refer back to; paperwork for new hires.  These are just some of the ways paper products are used for the business environment instead of mobile devices for the workplace. And in the past, this was the only way to record and store company information.

Lucky for companies, advancement in mobile devices and tablet PC’s can minimize corporate spending on supplies such as pens, pencils, paper, highlighters, notepads, binders, folders, staples, and paperclips to name a few. By purchasing tablets for their employees or utilizing an employee’s personal cell phone, you can save money in the long run. Those new tablets out there have the ability to take notes in a corporate meeting without using all those supplies as they are built in to the tablet electronically. Taking notes this way gives you the ability to share your thoughts and ideas with others by e-mail.  Also, tablets let you show video, or in some cases hook up to a projector to present your slideshows about your company to clients, or corporate models in a company meeting.

Having mobile devices for the workplace like cell phones and tablets, allows employees to check important e-mails, and add calendar items with reminders. This way you do not have to take the time and burden the hassle of writing down important notes on paper to either get lost or damaged. Another advantage is having your work computer sync the information to your cell phone or tablet to have the information readily available wherever you are working.

There are also disadvantages to having tablet PC’s and mobile devices over carrying around a laptop with you. The price of a tablet PC or cell phone can be more costly than a laptop in certain instances. But as more companies start selling tablets the price begins to come down.  The screen size of laptops can be larger to show presentations than viewing on a tablet. But as the technology evolves, showing a presentation using a cell phone or tablet that hooks to a projector is becoming more common.  Typing on a tablet can create a disadvantage over a laptop. If you have troubles typing on a laptop, the tablet is much smaller which could increase problems in typing. However, there is voice recognition  software  and the use of a stylist to give  the ability to write using a tablet. The problem with these is they do not respond to all voices and writing styles.

I believe the advantages of using mobile devices for the workplace outweigh the disadvantages in moving your company forward with mobile devices. Whether you are a call center,  or any other company who wants to succeed, the use of technologically advanced mobile devices for the workplace will be an extra tool to gain and serve those customers you need to survive.

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About Mark Hill

Mark Hill joined Sound Telecom in 2009. During his tenure, he has overseen every position within Sound Telecom's Information Technology Services group. Mark is now Sound Telecom's IT Supervisor. Mark oversees the company's entire IT infrastructure on a 24/7/365 basis. This includes the Spokane, Seattle and Denver facilities. Mark began his career in project management. He completed his IT degree in Spokane as an ITT Technical Institute graduate where he received a Bachelor of Science in Information Security Systems along with a minor in Networking Infrastructures. Mark is also a United States Navy veteran. He is a regular weight lifter and bodybuilder and enjoys spending time with his family.