A great deal of mobile technology is marketed directly to consumers. Web interfaces are ubiquitous these days and increasingly so in business technology. Both have a lot to offer businesses, however, and are worth considering in any software.
Mobile technology provides a way for employees to keep in touch with work when they’re out of the office. This doesn’t always have to have the negative connotations that some will have likely read into that sentence, however.
Business software that allows users to take advantage of a mobile interface is the key to making this a good arrangement. Software that is used for business purposes alone can be left closed when an employee is supposed to be off-duty. When they are on-duty, however, it opens up some wonderful opportunities.
Rather than having to check in at the office, workers who work mobile can check in wherever they are. This allows them to work from home or anywhere else and, right now, the prospect of being able to telecommute is very popular with professionals across a range of different industries.
People who work better at night can track their hours on a project at 1am as easily as they could at 1pm, and that information can be instantly updated from a mobile interface. This allows workers to get to work when they’re the most productive.
Office culture is rapidly dropping off. While some businesses still sped a lot of money on office space, it’s not a necessity for every business out there. Not spending that money can increase profitability and, with employees being able to log into work wherever they are, they can realize a freer and more enjoyable work life.
There are some commonalities between the various sites that users commonly visit on the web that can be leveraged for better business software environments. Doing so makes it easier for employees to use the software and also makes it easier to integrate the software into their workday.
For example, tabbed interfaces are everywhere online. Everyone understands them. Having business software, such as time trackers and other resources, that use similar interfaces can make it a lot easier for workers to find their way around software that they’ve just been introduced to. With most users being so familiar with this technology, it’s easy for them to get started on their own, in many cases, skipping expensive training.
Web interfaces are also very streamlined, the result of well over a decade of development at this point. Over time, most websites have come to have more in common with one another than they have in contrast. This standardization ensures that, when it is ported over to the business software world, training requirements are minimized.
At one time, adding any IT resource to a business meant adding a new server or other hardware to accommodate it. At the very least, it meant that the business would be responsible for maintaining, updating and upgrading it on their own equipment.
With web based services, these difficulties are eliminated. The service runs off of web servers that allow the company to take advantage of the service without having to host it. The maintenance and other issues are taken care of behind the scenes and the company doesn’t have to worry about them at all.
This makes it very easy to adopt new technologies. Rather than having to train IT professionals to do complicated new tasks and to maintain expensive software, the company merely subscribes to the service.
Web services are easier, faster and more reliable than installing software on on-site servers and running it from a company’s own facility. This makes them the go-to solutions to many business needs these days. Even complex office software is not being offered as a web service, expanding the potential of the software and, at the same time, helping companies to avoid having to constantly upgrade their own hardware to accommodate more powerful software.
Staying Ahead of the Curve
One of the most disappointing situations for businesses is when they upgrade to new software and, quickly thereafter, find themselves using something that’s horribly outdated. Advances in technology come unpredictably sometimes and, when a feature that would make a huge difference in the business process isn’t available, it may make the investment not at all worth it.
With web services, the software is always current and updates become available when they’re released. This means that it doesn’t have to be reinstalled or patched by the end user and that can save a huge amount to time and money. It also means that the data is preserved and doesn’t have to be reloaded after the upgrade or the patch.
The best examples of all of this are found in software that is designed to foster collaboration. For instance, time tracking software can use a web interface to make it easy to use and be made available on a mobile device, allowing employees to clock in whenever they wish, wherever they happen to be. Projects can be tracked in great detail, eliminating situations where one vital piece of information isn’t available when someone needs it, as it’s all available on the collaboration software.
Integrating this type of software into business is vital toward success these days. Without software that is easy to understand and that make sharing information fast and convenient, businesses will fall behind their competitors for certain. This type of software, however, is easier to use and more affordable than it’s ever been, and the features are increasingly more powerful with every revision.
When companies integrate software into their business, it should not require vast training efforts and complications with hardware. Those days are fast falling into the past and there are better ways to do things today. With what well-designed and well-implemented software has to offer, and the fact that the software is available out of the office, businesses can be more flexible and profitable than they have ever been and enjoy a brighter future.