The consumer demand for the iPhone continues to grow so it’s no surprise that there is now a raft of applications being developed for its potential use as a corporate mobile device.
There’s stiff competition in this market with BlackBerry and Microsoft Windows Mobile-enabled devices offering innovative and effective corporate solutions. It’s now up to IT managers to work with business heads to filter through the range of products on the market and work out which ones will actually help team members be more productive on the road.
Regardless of the device being used, what technology providers such as ourselves are promoting is that successful mobile working is now not just about communication when out of the office, it’s about collaboration.
Computing in clouds
Cloud computing is one technology that is really starting to drive this move from mobile computing being simply an email communication tool, to a live mechanism for team members to amend, update and comment on documents being produced by others in the same network.
We’re seeing major advances in this technology; for example Microsoft’s Azure platform and its Live Mesh project enable users to synchronise information stored across domestic and work desktop computers and mobile devices. Equally, here at Genesis, we provide our clients with cloud computing-based solutions which enable secure access to CRM systems and customer information when out of the office.
Soonr has brought its cloud computing technology to the iPhone in its latest application to do just that. Its iPhone application enables team members to create their own personal ‘cloud’, which can be accessed securely by workers on the move. When a user logs in through their iPhone, they can view all of the team’s files, see who’s made amends, or uploaded new information, and also amend and share their own input into various documents.