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Unleashing the Power of a Mobile Workforce

Unleashing the Power of a Mobile Workforce

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No longer are information workers confined to the four walls of the office building. The combination of high-speed wireless networks and powerful mobile devices such as laptops, smartphones, and PDAs has made it possible to work from pretty much anywhere. Today, the “office” can be a conference room, a café, a hotel room—or even the front seat of a car.

By 2013, more than one-third of the world’s workforce will be mobile. And by 2014, more than 130 million enterprise customers will be using mobile-cloud based applications. No wonder more than half of all companies—54 percent—cite effective management of remote employees as their biggest concern in managing a mobile workforce. 

As the office extends to an ever wider range of work locations, it’s important for IT administrators to keep their workers productive, while still maintaining the security of their data. Tasks like opening a document on a mobile device, collaborating with team members, or checking a calendar need to be a seamless extension of the tools workers already know to use. At the same time, back-end processes like security and identity management should extend from the core enterprise platform to the mobile workforce without requiring an entirely new infrastructure. 

During the month of September, we’ll be focusing on how the Microsoft productivity platform addresses the needs of an increasingly mobile workforce. We’ll show how to simplify management by integrating all workers into a single, unified system. We’ll also discuss how the productivity platform enables the enterprise to boost employee productivity without compromising security or infrastructure reliability. Finally, we’ll highlight organizations that have found innovative ways to improve the productivity of their mobile workers, while effectively managing security and identity management.

In the meantime, we’d like to hear from you. Is your staff becoming increasingly mobile? What opportunities and challenges does a mobile workforce present for your organization?Please share your experience by leaving a comment here. 

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