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Mobile devices have become a normal tool used in our daily lives. Not only do we use these devices constantly in the home to check emails, visit social media, and make bank transactions, employees use these devices to make their workloads easier to manage. With six billion smartphone users in 2021 according to Statista, the potential to improve work performance and boost productivity has been a driving point for companies to successfully deploy mobile devices in their enterprises.
A key aspect to consider with successful mobile device deployment lies in how user-friendly the web application or native application will be to use on a regular basis. Many employees may bring their own devices into operations or use familiar third-party applications to perform work, which could lead to serious security issues for the company.
Seeking automation for mobile device management ensures that workers use mobile devices within company protocols and policies, whether working within the office environment or using the devices to work in remote locations. Here are three top reasons why automation is essential to mobile device deployments.
Mobile device deployment may occur in two different ways. A company may issue their owned devices to employees, or they may allow employees to bring their own devices into operations.
For both instances, the mobile device must be configured to have authorized access to the centralized network and provided applications. In addition, proper configuration ensures that apps will work when mobile device manufacturers roll out upgrades to operating systems (OS).
Automating the device configuration process ensures every mobile device, no matter where it is located, is configured with current specifications and protocols consistently for however long the employee uses the device. This automation ensures that mobile device deployments always have the latest configurations so that apps work properly with systems and have the most up-to-date information.
Even if an employee has a mobile device to use for work, they may still turn to manual means to complete tasks if the mobile device application is not responsive enough to their productivity goals. If the employee must constantly switch from the device to manual work, they may eventually give up using the mobile device.
Automating as many aspects of the device support processes as possible ensures that the employee can leverage the device effectively at the best times while getting the help that they need. In addition to the staging process, automation may benefit the following processes: during shipping and shipment tracking, during device assignment, and when handling repetitive reporting tasks.
One of the key benefits of mobile devices is that they can provide a huge amount of data that a company may gather and analyze to improve work operations. Automation for mobile device deployments allows your company to set the reporting parameters to document processes and activities. This automated process ensures the right data that is most important to the company is gathered for increased accountability.
Also, automating processes forces your company to look closely at the steps needed to finish a specific task. It breaks down all the activities and shows the individual processes required. Then your company has better opportunities to further optimize or automate additional processes to make operations more efficient.
Mobile device deployment has many working parts that have to come together cohesively to ensure employees have the tools to complete their respective tasks. Automation is a helpful tool to make mobile device deployment and management easier for the entire company.