The next wave of business mobility is here and it's happening inside the office, a new survey conducted by FileMaker has shown. The survey was conducted with 499 FileMaker customers, as well as an analysis of 102 mobility case studies.
According to the survey, the mobility trend is not just in the hands of "road warriors" but also "productivity warriors", who use their mobile devices in the office.
The survey shows that many businesses are now using mobile devices to automate inside their buildings and they are also building custom solutions to automate and "mobilise" processes in nearly every department.
“The next wave of business mobility, fuelled by iPad and iPhone-equipped ‘productivity warriors,’ is delivering real ROI by automating processes in the building and on the company campus,” says Ryan Rosenberg, vice president of marketing and services for FileMaker. “Of course we see many traditional road warriors using FileMaker, but we were surprised to find how much use was actually occurring inside the building. We were also impressed at how frequently businesses are replacing paper-based processes with iPads and iPhones, thus automating areas of their business not practical before.”
The survey and research revealed that FileMaker mobile customers use many ways to connect workers to their servers, but the most common method, occurring 59 percent of the time, was direct connection over local wireless network to an on-premise server. The survey found organisations also are creating solutions that connect workers to FileMaker servers when out of the office. Popular methods include remote connections via the Internet (35 percent) and connections via a VPN (21 percent). More than half (51 percent) of the mobility case studies involved replacing paper-based processes. The survey found that organisations are “mobilising” many traditional business tasks, not just “mobile” tasks.