From Environmental Resilience to Support, Make Sure You Choose the Device That Works for Your Enterprise Mobile Solutions
If your company is in the process of adopting a new strategy for mobile device management, or otherwise incorporating enterprise mobile solutions, then you already know the challenges that come with this process. Finding a device that does the job, stands up to the demands of use, supports the right enterprise mobile apps, and more is no easy feat. But it is a worthwhile investment when it comes to empowering your workforce to deliver better results and stay up-to-date with important information. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick-reference list of nine critical considerations that should be made when choosing a device for your workforce that complements your enterprise mobile solutions.
1) Your Employees: These are the people who will be using the devices. Listen to them and find out what their needs are, and enlist their help when it comes to mobile device management. The information you’ll get will be invaluable.
2) Environmental Factors: Where are these devices being used? Significant contributors to device malfunction are environmental conditions —extreme temperatures, moisture, and being dropped.. If these are typical risks, opt for enterprise-grade rugged devices.
3) Enterprise Integration: Do your employees in the field need access to up-to-date information on inventory, invoicing, warranties, order status, or other company databases? Especially important for couriers and service technicians, this consideration should never be overlooked.
4) How It’s Used: Do you need enterprise-class levels of performance for applications such as data capture, mobile computing, and use of specific mobile apps? If you’re planning to use the device to read barcodes or RFID tags, or to take mobile payments, make sure it has the processing power to perform these tasks quickly and efficiently.
5) Mobile Device Management and Support: Does the device’s provider offer in-field device support and trouble-shooting? Do they offer long-term support that factors in your potential corporate growth or provide applications to track mobile assets in the field?
6) Flexibility: Future-proofing your investment is important. Make sure that your devices can stay up-to-date with industry changes and updates to software and mobile apps.
7) Industry Standards and Certifications: Any device that you deploy should always meet, if not exceed, industry standards for mobile network connectivity and security of encrypted information.
8) Power: Depending on how the device is being used, it will consume a lot of battery power on a regular basis. Rugged devices have a longer life between recharges. Always make sure your device can last an entire shift, and look into how quickly it recharges, how many charge cycles the battery is good for, and that the charging peripheral prevents overcharging (which can become potentially dangerous).
9) Accessories: The final consideration for your enterprise mobile solution is your device’s compatibility with accessories and peripherals such as RFID readers, barcode scanners, point-of-sale accessories, and anything else your employees may need in the field.
And now you’re ready to make an empowered decision regarding your enterprise mobile solutions. You can fully employ a mobile device management strategy and equip your workforce with a device that meets their needs and will perform in the field time and again. Go out there and utilize your fully mobile-optimized workforce!