A lot has been written over the past decade about the need for companies to undergo digital
transformations within various workflows.
While the process has been credited with achieving a wide range of benefits, the one with the most
promise seems to be greater efficiency through mobile business technology.
What Is a Digital Transformation?
In recent years, the term “digital transformation” has evoked the idea of offices simply moving from
paper to digital files.
It’s coming to light that there is much more to it than that.
Digital transformations represent foundational changes to how companies operate and provide value to
their customers. It entails enlisting the latest business technology to achieve an organization’s goals,
usually by overhauling the traditional processes.
So, for example, if a company used to place orders over the phone, it’s not a digital transformation to
switch over to placing orders by email. The company has used technology to improve a system, but the
main parts are still in place.
One popular digital-transformation success story is that of bank DBS Bank. Like so many companies in
the financial sector, DBS was facing pressure to either adapt or lose out to emerging fintech
CIO David Gledhill took to the challenge by implementing a digital transformation that focused on
becoming “digital to the core.” Among other things, this involved holding multiple hackathons wherein
DBS employees learned how to code and create apps that would address the company’s biggest
problems. For example, the ATM team was able to develop a new algorithm that saved the bank $20
million by preventing unnecessary downtime.
How Mobility Is Making Companies More Efficient
That kind of transformation may not be realistic for most companies.
Fortunately, every business can still improve its operations by embracing the digital age.
For the vast majority of organizations, this will involve becoming more mobile, which also means
becoming much more efficient.
1. Carrying Out Important Operations from Anywhere
The most obvious reason we’re seeing businesses adopt mobile initiatives is because it lets their
employees work from anywhere in the world.
This is allowing many businesses to make the most of a remote workforce, an option that is becoming
more and more commonplace across all industries.
It also allows other workers to accomplish more while they’re on the road visiting client sites. They can
continue doing business from their hotel room, while they’re at the airport, or just about anywhere else.
Not surprisingly, the kind of agility that comes with mobile solutions is also a reliable method of making
employees much more productive. While, outside of work, many people associate mobile devices with
distractions, but it turns out that, in a business environment, they could become the reason employees
start reaching higher and higher levels of output.
2. Making Documents Available Through the Cloud
Of course, a lot of business technology has been mobile for quite some time now. Cell phones have been
around for decades. Laptops have been around even longer.
The problem with those devices is that they couldn’t accommodate remote file access. Even when the
Internet became widespread, even when Wi-Fi became the standard, workers were severely limited in
what they could do to what files they already had on their devices.
The only alternative was having documents sent to them via email, an acceptable solution for just one or
two but not for an employee who may need dozens or more. Emails aren’t always secure, either.
Thanks to cloud services providers, any company can offer their employees remote file access. Better
still, the cloud is extremely secure, so businesses can upload every single document if they want without
any fear that a cybercriminal will have no problem accessing it.
Even mobile printing is now possible without the help of any email-enabled devices.
3. Mobility and Scalability Go Hand-in-Hand
It used to be that scalability was something only startups and early-stage ventures needed to worry
about, but that’s not necessarily the case anymore.
Nowadays, scalability is important to every business. In the Digital Age, if a company is not able to grow,
and to meet new opportunities, the expectations is that a smaller competitor will – and may overtake
any competition in the process.
Similarly, being able to scale used to mean that a company was small and lean. For a long time, people
were probably “bootstrapping” most business practices.
Today, even corporate juggernauts can remain nimble thanks to mobile business technology. If a
company is looking for opportunities to expand, the answer may be a digital transformation aimed at
Enjoy Greater Efficiency Through Mobile Business Technology
The combination of mobile technology and cloud service providers have given companies of all sizes
more opportunities than ever before.
From remote file access to doing business on the go, the potential of this technology is nearly endless.
Best of all, it’s out there for the taking.
Contact us, and we’ll show you how to make it work best for your company’s unique needs.