“There’s an app for that.” Apple’s 2009 tagline is even more relevant today. Smartphone usage has risen since then, with over three quarters of Americans reporting that they own one of these hand-held miracles of innovation in a 2017 survey. Consumers are using smartphones to order food, access their financial records, find a ride home, and more. But what about businesses? As smartphones continue to do more, what industries can benefit most from ditching the monitor for a mobile device?
As a global app developer with a focus on workplace efficiency, we found that the most likely beneficiaries of the “BYOD” (bring your own device) trend are industries that get bombarded with paperwork and need more effective document management systems. They also have on-the-job responsibilities that require immediate attention. Here are 10 that we think are most in need of better workplace mobility:
1. Law Firms
Lawyers and other legal professionals need to stay up to date with all materials pertaining to a client and/or case. Smartphones enable them to have instant access to files. They are beginning to embrace the convenience of using apps to send, receive, sign, and store various documents—all at their fingertips!
Working in the financial sector, such as for insurance firms, banks, credit unions, and so on, has historically meant lots of paperwork. While the forms aren’t necessarily going away, offices are getting more productive as technology progresses, and document management and document sharing apps help financial institutions reduce the burden of paperwork while keeping digital data secure.
With lives are potentially on the line, few industries (or consumers of an industry) benefit as much as healthcare providers from the improved workplace efficiency that comes from using a mobile device. Everything from accessing past records to exchanging new information as quickly as it comes in produces life-saving results.
Educational institutions are starting to notice new benefits, like more engaged students and improved peer-to-peer communication when they integrate technology into the classrooms. Educational games/apps that are effective with all learning styles, electronically submitting homework, and collaborating on projects over devices is becoming common practice in physical and digital classrooms alike.
BYOD in the retail industry means staff members on the sales floor and traveling sales reps will always be able to access the company’s online store and other product information when assisting a potential customer. Digital document solutions also let representatives on the road share things like receipts or order forms with their co-works in the office, making regular work processes much more efficient.
Hotel employees can instantly access information stored on a company-wide cloud, allowing for more efficient digital guest services, which in turn improves customer satisfaction, and ultimately, the bottom line. Allowing employees to BYOD also means having access to this information even while they are away from hotel computers.
Truck drivers and other professionals up and down the supply chain are constantly on the move. Bringing a smart device lets them to check transport information, sign orders, and send receipts via document management apps.
Workplace mobility is revolutionizing the manufacturing process. Different note-taking and other digital content creation apps allow managers to design workflows and instantly distribute these documents with their employees. Employees can also log work digitally and update other records using apps that let users access, annotate, and store documents.
Many of the best-written articles and most well-researched stories come from media professionals who gather their information in person. This first-hand experience can be easily transcribed, recorded, and stored by using a myriad of different application options while out on assignment.
The development of new life-saving medications is much more efficient when employees BYOD, as it allows them to collaborate with team members around the globe. Additionally, analyzing data from drug trials is easier than ever thanks to apps that make collecting, storing, and accessing files a secure and efficient process.
At Kdan Mobile, we believe in helping improve the efficiency of enterprise workflow. We deliver content creation and document management applications that are supported on all platforms and devices. If you work for one of the industries above, or you are searching for mobile solutions for your company, visit Kdan Creative Store to find out more!
Also published on Medium.