Tablet computers are quickly becoming commonplace in a business environment. Their compact nature makes them especially useful for mobile workers. When the road is the regular office for an employee, a multifunctional device that is small is very convenient. At the same time, it complicates mobile management because there are more devices in use and they are scattered throughout the country or the world.
The PlayBook from BlackBerry is one tablet computer designed with business professionals in mind. Multitasking is what it does best and with intuitive navigation, users spend less time learning how to enter a command and more time performing necessary tasks. BlackBerry Bridge brings the smartphone experience to the tablet, offering full email inbox functionality. Productivity apps enable users to keep pace with the constantly changing face of industry.
All of these business-focused apps make the PlayBook a popular choice with corporations that have a mobile workforce. Rather than lugging around a heavy laptop, workers can take their PlayBooks and keep in touch with business contacts throughout the day while performing essential work-related tasks. Both owners and workers love the additional technology but those in charge of device management often shudder at the thought of additional devices in the mobile inventory.
Mobile management allows companies to keep PlayBooks and other mobile devices in use while at the same time managing costs. Companies often do not realize that they are spending too much on telecom and data services until they undergo a communications audit. Once they realize the cost savings, they want to continue managing their communications but often do not have much time to do this themselves. Vendors that provide complete management services for mobile devices may be the answer.
These providers offer expense management software, some of which is proprietary, designed to monitor telecom expenses. Usage reports are popular outputs and some vendors provide usage alerts that draw the attention of the telecom manager to areas that must be addressed. Reports can also segregate top users by usage type such as data, telephone, and time of day. Those in charge of cost control can increase or decrease telecom and data plans to avoid overages in specific areas. If management of mobile services is too large a task for one person, segregating reports by team or manager allows each to take responsibility for their own staff.
With mobile management, drilling down is helpful but a birds-eye view is also sometimes necessary. Reports that provide a snapshot of all locations and all costs are useful for budgeting purposes. Companies can quickly identify where they must allocate additional funds and where cost-cutting should take place. Intuitive point and click reporting features make identifying this data more efficient.
As a company increases from a small operation to one with several hundred mobile devices, mobile management becomes more complex. When they find themselves faced with increasing costs, multiple locations, and several carrier relationships, businesses often must consider using expense management software. When they contract with a vendor for this service, they may receive access to proprietary software that has several flexible features.