Everyone dreams of a job where they can work from home or while sitting on the beach enjoying the sun. For many people, that dream job is now a reality. Mobile technology has reached the point where many work tasks can be done from almost anywhere in the world. The only requirements are reliable Internet connection and a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet. With advances in WiFi, cloud computing, and smart mobile technology, remote working has become a dream come true.
Not so long ago, the restrictions on a mobile workforce chiefly lay in the limited battery power of laptops, a lack of specialized software, and the low bandwidth or unreliable nature of WiFi networks. All of these drawbacks have disappeared as mobile technology comes into its own.
The Wide Adoption of Smartphones
Phones today do more than connect people – they act as mobile computers that can download and run applications as well as perform work-related functions such as e-mailing reports or scanning barcodes into inventory. These pocket-sized devices improve productivity by allowing a full range of tasks to be done throughout the day from wherever a person needs to be – remote facilities, client locations, conferences, or traveling on the road. It’s not uncommon for mobile employees to do days of work without ever checking in at the office. In fact, many companies are creating or purchasing specialized apps that help employees do their jobs on the go.
Tablets Becoming More Mainstream
More people are gravitating from smartphones to tablets in order to boost productivity. Often, tablets are used in a highly efficient pairing with smartphones to create more computing power, while the phone continues to serve its role as a communication device. Tablets have more memory, larger interface displays, and a full keyboard to provide more functionality in word processing, graphic arts, or other applications designed specifically for tablets. Additionally, tablets share the smartphone advantages of portability, WiFi connectivity, and video capability.
Mobile Cloud Computing
The data limitations of smart devices are easily overcome through cloud computing. The Cloud gives users access to huge amounts of storage space and impressive computing power. With cloud computing, vast quantities of data can be searched and analyzed, and it can be done from any place with a mobile hotspot or other Internet connection. The results are a rich user experience that results in unrestricted functionality, storage, and mobility.
More employees will grow empowered as these three technologies come together. It makes sense that employees who need to work remotely should not be tied to a desk, especially if there is no sacrifice in communication or productivity. It might even be beneficial for employees to work from home as it saves the hassle of the daily commute. There are also employer benefits such as reducing office space, utility bills, and minimizing the problems of tardiness and downtime. As mobile technology expands, so will the mobile workforce.
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