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Pros and Cons of using Smart Mobile Devices for your Business



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Smart mobile devices have become a standard piece of office equipment in some industry settings. Of course, just because everyone else is doing something does not mean that it is the best idea for a particular business. There is often a societal expectation for companies to stay technologically-advanced and people have often convinced themselves that they must stay on the "cutting edge" in order to survive. However, there are still some "old school" methodologies that allow people to conduct business and be successful. With technology there is training, adjustment, and cost. Therefore, organizations need to decide whether certain devices are a good fit for their business model. Here are a few pros and cons of using smart mobile devices in business.

The good stuff

The smart mobile device allows professionals to stay in touch with colleagues, customers, and the home office. In addition, the smart device gives people access to information such as email, which can include certain key attachments. The smart mobile device also gives some people Internet access, which allows them to do research, search for information, and access sources while on the go. This can be extremely helpful for people who may not have regular access to a computer or other resources in an office setting.

The challenges

Smart mobile devices have a lot of potential, but they also have some drawbacks. Mobile companies are usually happy to sell their devices at affordable prices, but the service plans can be fairly expensive. If a company is considering getting mobile devices for a number of employees, they may be incurring a large monthly cost that can have a strong negative impact on the budget. In addition, some applications on mobile devices can be suspect at times. Some networks are slow or do not provide certain services. In addition, people may be able to access information, but seeing it on a tiny screen can sometimes be annoying or downright impossible. Smart mobile devices may be intriguing, but companies have to decide whether people actually need the technology to do their job.

Overall, companies have to decide if a smart mobile device will make them more productive or whether it will just be expensive "eye candy." People like toys, and sometimes employees may lobby for a device because it seem "cool" to carry around. The reality is that people can still do jobs even without some of the latest technology. Advanced electronics can do some amazing things, but companies still need to measure the cost.

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