Your People are Mobile, Your Cloud Should be Too
Mobile devices have become mainstream tools in a wide variety of industries. Whether it is a sales team working from their cars to bring in new business, a worker telecommuting from home, or an executive reviewing information between meetings, mobile devices have changed how business is done. Finding ways to allow everyone access to the information they need, while allowing new data to be input into critical systems on-the-go, requires a solution as mobile as your business.
This is where the mobile business cloud enters the picture.
What is Mobile Business Cloud Computing?
Mobile business cloud computing allows your employees to access certain tools and resources through cloud-based mobile apps instead of relying on apps native to the device. These web apps connect to cloud services, allowing the user to remotely access the applications they need through their internet connection.
As with other web-based solutions, users must often be authorized as subscribers, ensuring only those who should have access to the applications do. Your business benefits by providing a higher level of access to mobile employees through various tools, including tablets and smartphones, while centralizing the data collection. Additionally, it helps lessen the amount of critical data that is actually stored on the devices physical memory, which can be seen as a functional benefit as well as a security benefit.
Why You Should be Interested
The mobile cloud allows your employees to access feature rich applications that are well beyond the computing capacity of their mobile device. Even as mobile technology evolves, a smartphone does not have the processing power of an actual computer. Mobile cloud applications allow the power of the server to be leveraged for backend processing, with the mobile device simply providing a portal upon which that power can be accessed. Concerns about available storage on the device can be eased, as well as the limitations of the browsers available on the device.
From a security perspective, the mobile cloud helps limit the amount of critical or sensitive data that is actually stored on the device. With many mobile devices, and smartphones in particular, the risk of loss or theft is much higher than their larger, desk-based computing counterparts. With some additional security protocols in places, such as mobile device management and proper authentication requirements, the likelihood that any data will be intercepted or compromised can be significantly lessened.
Even if the device isn’t lost or stolen, mobile devices are also more likely to become damaged simply through the way they are handled. While a desktop tower would only be damaged in fairly extreme or highly unlikely circumstances, mobile devices are more often subject to being dropped or handled roughly. With the mobile cloud, a damaged device does not mean the data is lost. Instead, the data is safely stored in the cloud, as the device only acted as an interface.
The Future of the Mobile Business Cloud
The mobile cloud is generally still considered to be in its infancy. As the demand for more feature rich applications to be available in the mobile workplace, development in the area may be swift. If you think your business could benefit from mobile cloud services, consider working with a consultant to see if your ideal mobile solution may already exist, or if it is just on the horizon. By integrating the mobile business cloud into your business model, you can be prepared for the demands of tomorrow today.