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Mobile Device Management Improves Productivity, Lowers Costs

When it comes to mobile devices such as a smartphone or tablet PC, the lines between personal use and business are becoming blurred. There are more remote and mobile workers than ever before, and regardless of where we work we’re relying more heavily on mobile devices to get our work done.

We love our smartphones and tablets because we can stay in touch and do more, faster, from anywhere. A growing number of employees prefer to use their own equipment at work, because they’re more familiar and comfortable with it. This trend has produced an emerging, very different business model known as “bring your own device,” or BYOD.

For some companies, and some types of employees, BYOD offers distinct benefits. The trend toward at least some level of BYOD acceptance means it’s imperative that employers devise a mobile device management plan to successfully integrate personal devices and business work – and clearly identify where BYOD does not work for you.

BYOD can improve productivity – to a point.

Studies have shown that allowing employees to use their own tablet PC or other mobile tools keeps them happy and focused on the job. For your people who work in the office, travel to meetings or provide customer support, using their own smartphone or media tablet PC for any number of light-duty business applications can help them work more efficiently.

rugged tablet pc transportation logistics supply chainHowever, when it comes to the sales floor, the production line, the warehouse or over-the-road logistics, consumer-grade products just don’t cut it. Your drivers and other personnel definitely need in-hand mobile computing and communications capability for peak performance, but they work in conditions that are often less than hospitable. If their equipment gets dropped or wet, then what?

They need a truly rugged tablet PC they can rely on, no matter what. Rugged tablets are specifically designed to facilitate and streamline on-the-fly work, especially with integrated functions like barcode scanning and signature capture. With a rugged tablet PC, your workers have everything they need right at their fingertips to quickly locate the right merchandise, perform vehicle inspections, etc. and produce reports, invoices or other documentation.

BYOD can reduce costs – to a point.

Companies are going mobile wherever they can because so many jobs can be done faster, more accurately and more cost-effectively with a tablet PC in hand. But outfitting your entire team can be expensive. Happily, an increasing number of employees are willing to purchase their own devices so they can work at peak technological efficiency.

Savvy managers are capitalizing on this trend because BYOD can enhance company performance, too, putting the latest technology in your employees’ hands without the associated capital and maintenance costs. But savvy managers also understand that using the right tool for the job is the most cost-effective solution. That means making sure your “rugged job” workers have a dependably rugged tablet PC at hand.

Successfully integrating BYOD requires a mobile device management plan.

There’s no question that with thoughtful planning and the right policies in place, BYOD can be a real boon.

But it’s important to clearly define how and where your employees can feasibly use personal mobile devices to perform their work. How that looks will be unique to your company’s structure and workflow needs – where and under what conditions your people work, what they need to get done.

You can choose to allow BYOD where it makes sense, and take steps to provide a company-owned rugged tablet PC to those who need the extra power and durability. A well-planned and coordinated approach will ensure your transition to BYOD is smooth and successful.

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