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"Over five million Australians now own a tablet device, and analyst firm Telsyte predict this figure will rise to seven million by 2017."

Find out what you need to know to make your business mobile.

Nowadays, you no longer have to be office-bound from 9am to 5pm.

Thanks to advances in technology, working from a remote location isn’t just for the self-employed. Businesses operating on a global scale and employers meeting the demand for a more flexible workforce are all using mobile technology to get the job done.

Here’s what you need to know to make your business mobile.

Tablets

Over five million Australians now own a tablet device, and analyst firm Telsyte predict this figure will rise to seven million by 2017. Tablets offer the convenience of a smartphone with the practicality of a laptop and are perfect for presenting polished pitches to clients at meetings or keeping up with the latest industry news on the go.

Tablet accessories such as plug in keyboards make this a real workable alternative to a standard PC or laptop.

Smart software

Workplace collaboration software allows multiple users to manage tasks, share files and have discussions. Software such as GetFlow can be loaded onto multiple devices, so whether you’re in the office, in a meeting or at home, users can log in using their PC, tablet or smartphone to access the most up to date information.

With GetFlow, each team member has their own separate account and tasks can be added and delegated to different members. Rather than a static list of to-do items, team members can comment on each task, with messages received in real time.

Smart phones

There was a time when putting up your ‘out of office’ responder on your emails meant you were literally uncontactable. But these days, smartphones let us make calls, check emails and search the web on the go which makes us wonder how we ever did without them.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) study found a 104 per cent increase in smartphone use in the 12 months to May last year, bringing the number of adult smartphone users to more than 8.5 million.

The Cloud

Cloud computing comes in many formats, but essentially it’s internet-based software. Where a document would once be saved to a specific device, it is now stored in the cloud where it can be accessed by other approved users and updated on the go.

AMI's World Wide Cloud Services Study predicts that by early next year small to medium business owners will spend almost $100 billion per year on cloud computing with many SMB’s citing cost reduction as being their primary motivation for moving to the cloud.

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