Make no mistake: mobile devices have revolutionized life as we know it. According to Pew Research Center, we’re always on our phones or tablets for various reasons:

  • 63% of device owners access the web.
  • 74% say they use a smartphone to get directions.
  • 67% of mobile users check their phones even when they don’t have a notification.

We hear time and time again that the PC era is over, but in reality, we’ve entered the most PC era. Our phones now serve as small personal computers, and we’re armed with them at all times of the day.

In the midst of a mobile takeover, what’s the business implication? By 2016, 350 million smartphones will be used for work, meaning there is no slowing down mobile business growth. Is your business ready for the mobile future?

There’s no shortage of competition out there no matter what industry you serve. For now, mobility is the key to staying ahead, and in the not-so-distant future, it will become the norm. Read on to learn why mobile-first solutions are the future-proof approach to streamlining your business.

Gain constant, continuous connection.

More than half of all U.S. businesses use the cloud, and more than 64% use video conferencing daily for meetings. If your business still relies on outdated computer servers and unnecessary, long meetings, simplify business pains with mobile apps.

For example, aligning teams across the country or globe for a meeting requires laptops, phones, and conferences services. But, what if the same meeting could be uncomplicated with a mobile device?

Imagine the day we don’t have to travel to sit through a boring quarterly meeting, but rather, can FaceTime in remotely. Or, let’s forget about the compatibility issues we’re faced with when we email files back and forth. In the future, we can rely solely on the cloud, where documents are forever stored without the fear that we saved it to the wrong folder.

Your team wants instant access to people, insights, and information.

Introduce instant, uninterrupted access.

Harvard Business Review says that because of data, “managers can measure, and hence know, radically more about their businesses, and directly translate that knowledge into improved decision making and performance.”

Businesses have entered the era of data-fueled decision-making and are using it to be more intelligent than ever. Don’t you want your team to have access to that critical data, even if they’re away from their desktop computer?

Introduce your business to mobile-first analytics options to enable on-the-go, uninterrupted access to data and reports. Empower your team to gain insightful information in order to make informed decisions ­­–– in the format they want to use, like an app.

A mobile-first analytics solution would also gives your team a way to communicate more efficiently and update reports quickly, resulting in improved productivity across employees.

Promote a streamlined approach.

Our personal lives are completely appified. We have 1.5 million apps available for gaming, entertainment, communication, fitness, and more. Why not appify your business, like you’ve already done with your personal life?

Embrace a mobile-first mindset by introducing your team to business apps. They’re already on their phones all day (the average person spends more than 8 hours a day on a device), so don’t you want them checking business-related information, too?

Create an appified business approach by whitelisting the best business apps, and encourage your team to download them. Use the power of mobile to streamline operations and stay ahead of your competition today and in the future.

How have you future-proofed your business? We’d love to hear your story! Use the comment field below to share your thoughts.

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