Why companies should think of Mobile software for working-on-the-go
As technology innovation and adoption increases, it is apparent and not surprising
that the number of employees working remotely is continuing to follow the same
pattern. Increasing number of businesses are providing employees with the choice
of working outside of the office, using personal mobile devices. In 2011, there
were already around 1.1 billion employees globally using virtual desktops to work
remotely, which is predicted to rise to 1.4 billion, or 38% of the global workforce,
Companies in UK are embracing software mobility
70% of companies expect one-third of their employees to work on-the-go,
according to a study. This is down to the employers’ wish to take advantage of
workers who choose to work more flexibly. Around 92% of businesses said they
would gain more business agility, as well as 85% who would save money by
employing mobile workers.81% of companies also believed that implementing
mobile working for their staff would increase the overall productivity within their
It is evident that mobile working is accelerating at a quick pace, so it becomes
responsibility of the employers to embrace this trend and make sure they get best
productivity out of their employees. This necessitates software that is optimised
for mobile use. As cost to purchase a number of mobile devices from which
employees can work may be extensive; so many employers are beginning to use a
‘bring your own device’ strategy for employees who wish to work remotely.
BYOD ‘Bring your own device’ as a business solution
In a recent study done, 30% of the world’s population now own a smartphone, and
8% own a tablet. This implies that employees using their own devices are likely to
be more effective than employees trying to use unfamiliar devices provided by
This is also cost-effective for the business, giving employees flexibility without increased costs. It also means that employees are responsible for their own devices. If devices get broken, it is the employee’s choice whether they replace or fix them if they desire to work remotely. Many employees who use public
transport may choose to utilise their commute to work productively by working remotely.
Using BYOD not only improves engagement and productivity of the employees but also gives them flexibility when working. This becomes even more important for female and parents who have kids and family to fit around their work. BYOD may be considered as a step forward in the direction of employee loyalty in years to come.
Look ahead – Optimise software for remote working
This undeniable rise in the number of employees working on-the-go, it is vital that applications are responsive and suitable for mobile working. If you use or plan to use VDI or Virtual Desktop Infrastructures, software must be responsible and compatible to use, otherwise the ability for employees to work on a mobile basis is reduced.
For help with software optimised for mobile use, or working on-the-go, talk
to team ACL today.