The increasing mobility of small and medium enterprises is creating new kinds of challenges. The clarion call is for companies to get involved more with their mobile processes and the future of their mobile workforce. Integrating the mobile workforce is a necessity and not a luxury any more. This requires more than effective HR practices. It requires the use of efficient and effective technology systems.
Traditional mobile workforce integration processes demanded complex coding projects and dedicated server set ups that were expensive, time consuming and often fallible. They provided a limited reach and functionality and forced the mobile worker to become immobile while connecting to the network or obtaining data from the central data repository. Modern day, cloud based mobile computing services are managed services that provide a no coding approach to mobile work force integration using pre-built integration templates that connect and translate between the enterprise and the mobile worker.
The service saves time and money and eliminates up front investments in expensive Virtual Private Networks and dedicated servers. Cloud services now provide global delivery solutions that can be rapidly deployed and completely controlled without deploying any additional hardware or software.
Software as a Service (SaaS) providers empower their customers with an integration tool. The central Administrative and management portal delivers a number of operational efficiencies as it integrates the mobile workforce with the organizational policies and procedures via simplified graphical user interfaces. A single window view gives access to the mobile environment from the central console and IT Admins located at the headquarters can configure the mobile systems to business strategies and policies by specifying operational rules and enforcing them automatically.
The mobile work force with data access can demand and obtain data using context sensitive data interfaces that are created for mobile devices. The web browser based interfaces can be deployed from anywhere, anytime and give a uniform experience to the mobile user wherever they are located.
Remote and selective wipe services can be kick started from the central management console if the mobile device is stolen or lost. This can save the enterprise a packet in litigation and also prevent the misuse of corporate information by competitors and rivals. Costs can further be saved by enforcing usage norms for browsing, email or SMS. Alerts can be generated for mobile activities that compromise the security and safety of corporate information.
Enterprise mobile work force integration strategies may make or mar the success of the enterprise as the future seems to lie in greater and even greater mobility for businesses.