The business world is a place that changes quickly. Information technology and communication continue to set the pace. New advances in technology are changing the way we all work. Not only on the desktop, where else can you do in one day, in less time than ever before, but also on the road and out of the office.
The need for mobile solutions for a growing number of companies is recognizing the need for mobile data solutions. Usually, there are two options:
> Hosted exchange solution where everything is handled for you and your people. All we see are the messages, email database, reports and content delivered to your PC or mobile device online as part of their hosting agreement.
> A mobile information server, which is a complete, managed within your company or by a hosted provider. For a monthly fee simple plus airtime, you get everything you need, including all hardware, software, installation, training, and support.
Most small businesses that have invested in mobile solutions are reporting significant productivity gains.
What’s out there?
Wireless systems bring huge benefits. No cables to worry, you can easily add new users to the network. You can download files and print documents from your portable device or handheld computer without any hard connection. And you can move around the office to remain online as you would on your desktop.
systems can exchange data and synchronize calendars between infrared-enabled devices such as mobile phones, laptops and personal digital assistants (PDAs) without cable connections. Shorter operating ranges.
Bluetooth-enabled devices also communicate wirelessly. They do not need a line of sight to operate. Bluetooth PC, laptops, PDAs, printers and mobile phones can talk to each other over a short-range – up to 10 meters – without wires. Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) is the wireless technology of the moment. Fast, reliable and secure, offering a range of up to 550 meters.
GPRS (General Packet Radio Services) is a wireless communication service that allows continuous connection to the Internet for mobile phone and computer users. It allows users to participate in video conferences and interact with multimedia websites and similar applications using mobile handheld devices and laptops.
The next generation of next-generation mobile phones adds more functions every day, allowing users to surf the Internet in full color, make voice calls, send text messages and emails. It can also function as cameras allow users to take and send photos with voice messages attached. 3G (third-generation) mobile phones transfer data faster and allow them to be shared in real-time between multiple users. They also offer video conferences and allowing access to documents, databases and work schedules stored on company intranets and secure websites.
In addition, there are powerful handheld computer devices now available, including PDAs, smartphones and Tablet PC.
What does this mean for me? Mobile options give you and your people speed, freedom, flexibility, and resources to work anywhere, anytime and in any way. The technology may allow you to:
* Increase productivity
* Save money on office rental costs
* Increase employee motivation
* Optimize the flexibility of trading hours (the staff can work outside of office hours)
* Reduce stress levels of employees
* Save the cost of hiring a central office
* Reduce business travel costs
* Improved resilience of their business from weather or transportation problems
* Reduce travel time of employees and costs
* Hiring qualified personnel, regardless of location
* Offer an attractive proposition when using the new recruits