Top 3 Need-to-Haves For Field Mobility

MobilityBy Jennifer Birch

Across the world, industries are witnessing a push to make full use of the conveniences afforded to us by advancements in mobile technology, weighing risk versus reward in an effort to keep up with the times. Financial, medical, and government industries have all embraced mobile technology, and the field service industry hasn’t been left behind.

Time is money; so is speed. When working in field service, having the right mobility solution is as vital to an organizations success as the technicians in the field.

Imagine being able to connect with your colleagues and the rest of your staff from any site, communicating in real time on dedicated servers. Imagine having software that allows you to see available personnel on a virtual map and assign tasks and clients to them right on your phone. These scenarios are now completely possible with some dedicated apps. The question remains: how do you choose which service to use? Here are some things that you need to look for when choosing a mobile service to invest in.

  1. Security
    Since field service personnel regularly deal with the personal information of clients, it’s of utmost importance that apps come with secure encryption. However, it’s also important to note that one of the appeals of mobile business solutions is the ability to get your work done right through your own device, and striking a balance between securing your company’s data and allowing your personnel the privacy they need is essential to using mobile technology successfully. Many of today’s mobile business solutions have been able tosegregate the personal data of employees from corporate data, making it much easier to manage the security of clients’ information.
  2. Ease of Use
    Investing in mobile technology is useless if your employees can’t use them. The features of mobile apps are more important than the simple interfaces and fast controls. The basic requirement is that personnel should be able to readily access information, but they should also be able to capture high-quality data while at sites and upload that data to the company’s cloud servers.Cloud services have transformed the way we share data, and it’s essential to have an app that makes full use of this feature.
  3. Accessibility
    Because field service personnel regularly travel to places where there is very limited connectivity, it’s essential that your mobile service solution be fully functional even when offline, synchronizing with servers as soon as connectivity is regained. It’s also important to invest in an app that functions across all devices so all members of your staff can have access to both the app and the information they need.

Mobile field service solutions are still relatively new, and many companies are able to function without dedicated apps for their businesses, relying on the built-in features of mobile phones and tablets to get their work done. Today’s generation of mobile phones makes this much easier. Specs on O2 say that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – the latest in Samsung’s flagship series – now comes with an even better, more refined S Pen stylus and Snap Note, “which lets you take photos of text and images and convert them into editable documents,” making it a great tool for data collection while out on sites. Despite their convenience, using built-in features of phones can pose quite a security threat to companies – a threat that dedicated apps can get rid of quite easily. As early as now, begin looking into the possibilities of taking your business mobile and see just how you can benefit from apps dedicated to the field service industry.

Do you already use mobile field service solutions? Which apps do you prefer to use, and what made you choose them over the other apps in the market?

 

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About the author

Deanna graduated from Marist College in 2010 with a double major in Political Science and Journalism. Her journalistic experiences include covering the 2012 New Hampshire primaries, acting as a field reporter at OWS, and working behind the scenes as an interactive producer at News 12. Prior to joining to WBR as Digital Content Manager and editor of the Field Service Blog, she worked as a journalist for Policymic.com, Talk Radio News Service, WNBC News Channel 4 and News 12. She will be writing about what's happening in the Field Service industry, and educating her readers about best practices employed by the leaders in the field, bringing their words and advice straight to you. When not at work, Deanna enjoys drinking wet cappuccinos and dry humor. View Deanna Gillen's profile