About a year ago, we published a post about office mobility in 2016. Now that 2017 is upon us, it applies more than ever.
Until fairly recently your office was a fixed existence. You went in. You left. And that was it. If you wanted or needed to get work done you had to go "into the office." Sure, if you were an executive, maybe you had a dedicated "home" business phone line but even that was separate from the office. Maybe too, you had a "work" laptop that you could drag around with you. But even with those two things, the fantasies of working while at the beach were, well, just fantasies.
The idea of being truly business-capable from anywhere, at anytime, during times and places of your choosing was a dream. And then this happened...
←This slick thing changed everything.
Okay, some might argue that it was the Blackberry that started this revolution. But once the so-called "smartphone" was completely re-invented, it began to fulfill the destiny of what the term smartphone actually was supposed to mean. Apple, followed by Google shortly thereafter, created a foundation upon which current businesses could extend their capabilities and new businesses would sprout-up to define and re-define what those capabilities actually were.
And suddenly, fantasy became reality. But beyond the fantasy of working on the beach came the monumental change in how business was conducted, from the "anything from anywhere" to the "anyone from anywhere." Communication and collaboration, from a global standpoint, is now the standard. As is the search for talent. No longer is it necessary for businesses to hire local or even pay extraordinary relocation costs when employees can be hired from and work from literally anywhere.
Just as Blackberry revolutionized the mobility of email, today's smartphones have brought voice to the same level of ease and clarity. It's as easy to have a conversation with someone in Hong Kong, minus the time difference, as it is in the office next door. Throw in some voice and video conferencing, and the sky's the limit. And with today's seamless technology, such as LunaTech's Mobility feature, using a simple app on your iPhone or Android phone makes communication now a four-letter word: easy.
Thinking Outside With...
Of course, the mobile office goes beyond voice and email. In today's world, just talking about those two things could be considered downright...quaint. Whether it's data, files, presentations, or other vital documents that are important for running your business, the cloud has made accessing them on your phone, tablet, or laptop just a couple of clicks away. Services like Box not only make it simple to store and manage files, but they offer a level of security unmatched anywhere. You can contribute and share from anywhere and even work offline (i.e. if you're on a plane to an important meeting in London and are traveling on an airline that hasn't gotten the whole wifi thing yet).
Also gone are the days of the old-school VPN just to access or retrieve a file. You know, the one where you would cross your fingers the connection would work, then got some coffee, maybe even microwave some popcorn, all the while waiting for a file to download or open on your computer.
Now, your one mobile phone combines your personal and work phone, has your work email, and allows you to securely access to your work documents. You literally have your business in your pocket.
Increased productivity, lower costs, and a bigger bottom line are among the key reasons more and more businesses are adopting a mobile workplace. If you want to learn more about how your business can benefit from mobility and be keen in '17, give us a call. We'll be happy to facilitate a plan to fit your business needs.