January 28, 2013

Road Warriors

I hear there's movement afoot to make another sequel to the Mel Gibson "Road Warrior" series of films. It is happening; they are in post-production as we speak with an expected release this summer. So what does this have to do with technology?

Well, the world of small and mid-sized business is full of entities with mobile workers. Every savvy organization wants to be agile and responsive to the needs of their customers, clients, and stakeholders. In 2013 we will see continued increases in technologies that will allow employees to be away from the traditional office-based employment model. Sure, the sales staff will continue to play the role of "road warrior" but will be joined by support staff, customer service, and other departments. Getting mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones is is essential followed by a mobile device management solution for both company owned and employee owned hardware.

If you have not already looked into mobile solutions for your organization, make sure you consider all of the ramifications of becoming decentralized. While there are many positives, there are potential pitfalls around security, data integrity, and employee management. Had Mel Gibson been more focused on at least one of these, his recent off-camera foibles could have been avoided!

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