Mobile Computing and How It Can Help SMB Workers

Paul Mah

Given the disruption that mobile computing can inadvertently create, I wrote recently of three methods that can be used to increase productivity at work. Due to the interest generated by it and my recent series of blogs pertaining to the topic of BYOD (bring your own device), I thought I'd highlight three ways mobile computing can help employers at SMBs.

Stay informed of important developments

Unlike the dreary days of rushing back to the office to see if an awaited-for email has arrived, or arriving back from a trip to find one's inbox inundated with messages, mobile computing makes it possible for workers to keep abreast of important developments wherever they may be. This could take place on the way to work, or when traveling between meetings.

Personally, I make it a habit to scan through my BlackBerry smartphone first thing in the morning. Though I don't even open most of them, there are usually one or two messages that I consider to be important. Staying on top of important developments early allows me to formulate a response in my head even as I go about preparing to start my day.

Take advantage of low-cost communication

Remember text messaging? This expensive medium that charges for each message has been largely replaced by data-driven messaging clients such as WhatsApp and iMessenger. In addition, mobile messaging clients have also improved so sufficiently that they can be enabled throughout the entire day. And if that's not enough, social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook can be accessed on literally all smartphones and tablets to further connect us with friends and colleagues.

Given that most users pay a fixed monthly price for a data plan that typical communication activities will not exceed, mobile computing through the use of smartphones and tablets have effectively thrown open the door to low-cost communication.

Access the Internet everywhere

Finally, the proliferation of mobile devices makes citing the unavailability of Internet access look like an excuse. Even at locations without Wi-Fi hotspot access, it is easy to tether one's laptop to the Internet using one's smartphone of choice. Moreover, tablets also make it possible to browse the Web without having to find a table. The result is that users can quickly access company CMS systems or check out some facts on the Web without missing a beat.

Feel free to chip in with your own thoughts on how mobile computing can be tapped into to help SMB workers.

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