By 2015, market researcher IDC reported late last year, more U.S. Internet users will access the Internet through mobile devices than through PCs or other wireline devices.
This kind of mobility in business is unquestionably a game-changer . And the fact is, it can’t happen without a Cloud infrastructure. And once mobility and Cloud infrastructure team up, the effect will — and, indeed, is fast becoming — far-reaching.
Here’s what I see coming fast:
End-user mobility increases dramatically because each end-user can access their personal desktop image/profile for use on a wide range of devices from anywhere within range of a 3G wireless network.
Thus far-flung end-users and offices can be connected easily and in ad hoc ways to function as a cohesive, responsive unit. And end-users can share and synchronize emails, files, and calendars.
Wherever they are, then, end-users can collaborate far more effectively and creatively with each other and interact with customers more efficiently, since they can access and work with files in real time without the hassle of endless emails and attachments.
Employees can access apps and data and do their work without needing to be at their desks in the office. And once your employees are untethered, it’s a whole new ballgame…
- Businesses need less office space, so office costs can be reduced,
- Less time gets wasted on commuting to offices employees no longer need means more time for work (and family and play…),
- Mostly this adds up to more positive and profitable interactions with customers and prospects…
- Because Cloud Computing enables even the smallest business to employ home-based workers, afford small branch offices, and deliver seamless customer service, and
- Cloud Computing means all these capabilities can be achieved without significant (or, in some cases, any) capital investment.