Digital and mobile technology is fundamentally changing the ways in which we interact and how our businesses operate.
Harnessing the benefits of mobility is not just about business reinvention and disruption, but determining how to best use it strategically, says BlackBerry managing director Matthew Ball, speaking at a recent SmartCompany webinar.
“The capability and the level of smart computing power in your pocket is astonishing,” says Ball.
“If you rewind 10 years ago, mobility simply looked like accessing your email on your device. If you look now and beyond, mobility is the concept of being able to access your information anywhere and anytime.”
Mobility technology gives SMBs more options to minimise costs, ensure their data is secure and work anytime from varying locations, says principal director of Morea Architects Constantine Moschoyiannis.
He shares his experiences of how mobile technology is changing the was his business operates.
The impact of the cloud
“Our business is in its 30th year [and] we have been mobile with our clients, and with our work, for a very long time,” Moschoyiannis says.
As early adapters of cloud technology, Moschoyiannis says his business saw the efficiency and cost effectiveness the technology provided- particularly in terms of upgrading software and management.
“It even supported [greater] use of our mobility devices to deliver our services to clients,” Moschoyiannis says.
Managing and accessing your data
The cloud means you can access your data from nearly anywhere, a pretty handy function if you’re constantly on the move.
“The cloud makes access to our data easier, and manages and backs it up, making it easier to work away from the office while using our mobile devices,” says Moschoyiannis.
Old-fashioned paper remains a part of the business when working on site with tradesman and builders, says Moschoyiannis. But designs are mainly presented in a digital data format (such as videos and fly-through animations) and the cloud brings greater flexibility when presenting to clients, he says.
“We had once relied on computer equipment that was office-based, but connecting the data through the cloud means we present to clients on mobile devices on their TV screens knowing it’s secure.”
Live, real-time efficiency
Moschoyiannis says his team now has the ability to access files and conduct secure video meetings via mobile devices – and that’s vitally important when you’re trying to solve a problem quickly.
“We can be on site with the builder, speak to our architects in the office, and collaborate live within minutes without the need to generate paperwork,” says Moschoyiannis.
Some designers talk to other employees on the road and present that information back to the customer in a matter of minutes, he says.
“The historical concept would have meant lots of paper, pencils, and lots of down time,” says Moschoyiannis.
“The speed and efficiencies that mobility enables us now is so much more evolved than it was a few years ago.”