Technology has created great opportunity for the office worker. Personal computers allowed us to do more in less time. Our productivity increased while lowering stress. Mobile technologies are currently doing the same thing. By allowing people to spend less time chained to their desk, we can free ourselves from the constraints of many of us face regarding our personal mobility. Being able to be in more places throughout the day and interact with our colleagues more means more productivity. The question becomes, how do you implement this mobility?
I heard a wonderful phrase the other day; B.Y.O. Device. The idea was simple, instead of using proprietary devices, or purchasing hundreds or even thousands of devices to issue to employees, companies can simply develop systems that are device agnostic. Web-based BI tools allow for anyone to use whatever device they prefer, as long as they can access the network. So the iPhone guys can use iPhones, Android guys can use Android, and so on.
Again, any operation can save thousands of dollars using a system like this in hardware fees. And supposing you have 1,000 people in your operation, you can easily save hundreds of thousands. This is to say nothing of the cost of repairs, etc. A hidden, but extremely important benefit of this system is comfort. I have big hands. E.T. big. So using an iPhone is actually extremely cumbersome for me. The screen and the device itself is too small for me to operate comfortably. It seems strange, but because of it's size, I actually find myself having to use two hands to use the device because I have to cradle it with my fingers. So I don't have an iPhone. I have a larger, meatier Android device that is perfect for me. It's also the OS that I'm most comfortable operating.
People can also chose to simply use a tablet instead. Sure, for some people, an iPad would be a hassle to lug around, but for some, that might be perfectly fine if they have a holster or open top bag they can easily access. And there are plenty of 7 inch devices that can actually fit quite well into back pockets. Giving people the option to use whatever device they prefer lowers adjustment time, there's little to no mistakes because of hardware unfamiliarity, and again, it saves money.
Really, it's sort of a no-brainer if you're using a web-based service.
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