If you look up the word “mobility” in the Oxford Dictionary, one of the definitions is the ability to move, or be moved freely and easily. When it comes to mobility in the workforce, this definition couldn’t be more true.

As companies rush to become mobile, it’s important to understand what it means and how to achieve it. 

Mobility goes beyond just working remotely and providing access to company email. A true mobility platform allows employees to “easily” access all their company data, apps and even desktops, while being “free” from any restriction of where they work or what device they use. If implemented correctly, the benefits of a mobility platform are many.

Being mobile means giving employees the freedom to work from wherever they feel most comfortable and productive.

This is increasingly important as companies compete to recruit the best talent in the workforce and create greater employee satisfaction with the employees they already have. For IT, a properly implemented mobility platform facilitates the delivery of apps, desktops and services seamlessly to any user, on any device, over any network, while securely centralizing the data to help establish greater control and compliance.

By achieving true enterprise mobility, the organization as a whole gains new levels of agility and performance, helping companies of all sizes become global and have a competitive edge in the market. 

But while it’s clear that mobility helps companies grow and be strategic on a business front, it’s also helping certain industries have an impact on people’s lives. This is clearly seen in healthcare and education. Hospitals across the globe are implementing technologies such as virtualization to provide doctors and nurses with easy access to patient records, regardless of what device they may be using, allowing them to make better decisions and immediate diagnosis from wherever they may be. Schools are providing students with easy online access to school materials, customized learning solutions and new technologies that provide an equal learning experience — all with the goal of improving education outcomes and preparing students for the future.

Mobility in the workforce is not a passing fad, it is here to stay and has become a necessary reality. Companies need to embrace this new way of working, but make sure they are implementing the proper infrastructure to support it. 

With more factors coming into play, such as IoT (Internet of Things), growth of the freelance community and millennials assuming more influential positions in the workforce, those companies that embrace mobility now will reap the benefits in the very near future.

In my next few posts, I plan to dive deeper into how some of our vertical customers are impacting their business through mobility.  Some of these customers have not only mobilized their companies and achieved great benefits, but they have transformed their IT departments into a revenue generating resource for their companies.

Stay tuned for more.