Travel has become pretty commonplace for businesses, and today, business travelers can do more than ever thanks to dynamic mobile computing tools. In this month’s newsletter, we will outline some of the most important mobile technologies available to help serve a business while its people are on the move.
The most important piece of technology is one that is also considered problematic by many business leaders. Today, nearly everyone has a smartphone on their person most of the time, and while mobile users can spend a lot of time and effort not doing their work, these tools also provide the best option when it comes to mobile productivity. Not only can you accomplish most correspondence tasks on a smartphone, but you can also do quite a bit with it as a center for other computing.
For example, if you are traveling for work and there is a need for one of your traveling employees to complete a crucial task as a part of a project or sale, they can typically use their smartphone as a mobile hotspot in which to connect their computer. The smartphone effectively becomes a modem and router and enables traveling production teams to handle their business without having to connect to any dangerous networks. Of course, this can inject quite a few alternative costs, but if you need to produce on the go, the mobile hotspot through a mobile device can be a great tool.
Virtual Private Network
On the other hand, if mobile data costs are an issue for your business, one of the best ways to ensure that your team isn’t putting company data and credentials at risk is to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). There are definitely different levels of VPN available, and some are more effective at keeping data secure for businesses. These business-specific VPNs can handle more users and are designed to accommodate the data protection necessary for whole organizations.
The VPN effectively opens up a direct pathway between the business’ network and the mobile user, and using encryption, jumbles the data so that if it is somehow intercepted, it is nearly impossible to use. By encrypting all data in transit, you don’t have to worry about the extremely insecure connections people usually have to use when they are on the road, or working remotely.
One of the biggest hurdles to a business’ mobility is access—access to the data and software needed to complete its objectives. At least, that used to be the case. Nowadays, cloud services allow effectively any business processes to be carried out from anywhere that a reliable Internet connection can be obtained. Minutely scalable and fully-featured applications, accessible data storage, and more can all be provided to your users through the cloud. Plus, the subscription-based nature of cloud services is simpler to budget for, as costs are made more predictable on a month-to-month basis.
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