They’re everywhere and anywhere; consumer mobile devices have been integrated into the workplace and that’s nothing new. It has become automatic to consider the smartphones and tablets that have been used outside of the office as a easy integration into the workplace from a user experience perspective because, after all, we all use cell phones and know the OS. We have all evolved from the noble beginnings of Apple’s earliest offerings – whether ever owning an iPhone or not since keeping up with the times and the latest and greatest technologies required it. Slowly, the application of smartphones into our workday meant more than just phone calls, emails and text; it included document manipulation, signature capture and data entry, among others. They help the not-so-tech savvy worker be just that; able to be tech savvy, yet mobile.
But, there are some serious questions to ask about your true ROI and value when you get a consumer device over an enterprise grade device:
- Do your consumer devices truly unlock the potential to work on-the-go, meaning at what capacity can you actually complete tasks, from start to finish, in whole?
- Can these devices stand the test of time physically and last longer than a few plummets out of your pocket?
- Does your consumer device include the technical functionality typically seen in enterprise positioned, mobile devices, such as barcode/RFID scanning and/or push to talk communication?
- Battery life important to you? How long does your phone or tablet last when constantly operating it?
- Security of devices and securing your critical business information – is this a paramount concern of yours?
- What about workforce applications and data collection programs that make work simple – are your phones compatible to enterprise management systems, capable to automate operations, run your ERP’s and more that make your business run?
This last question, in combination with the others likely can be summed up this way: You’re not able to do your job the same way as you travel as you would be at your office, at your industrial worksites, and/or wherever fixed steps of your business processes live – Your #1 reason for likely dropping the ball as a business if cell phones and consumer tablets, like iPads are the chosen path for mobility.
The total cost of ownership for a consumer device versus an enterprise mobile device is actually worse. Enterprise mobile devices are purpose built to do more for all areas of your business – from manufacturing and warehousing, to corporate offices and workers in the field, they have the agility and flexibility to do more. And, you would be surprised at how easy it is to use enterprise focused mobile devices vs those that fear change or struggle with the tech they (somewhat) know. In most cases, the enterprise device operates nearly the same, especially that now many operate with the most updated Android OS at the time of deployment.
With the idea that so much of what we do daily can be connected through the strengths of the Internet of Things (IoT), the extremely powerful wireless networks of today and workforce specific software solutions for integrating all facets of business and data collection together, you need enterprise-grade mobile technology that meets this reality. If you’re not, your completion just might.
But, don’t take just our word on the power of enterprise mobility. This short video and Zebra’s dedicated webpage can shed more light: