Could a mobile app help to streamline processes at your company?
Here on the SevenTablets blog, we have talked greatly about the pros and cons of different mobile platforms, the benefits of storing your mobile information in the cloud, and a number of other enterprise-mobile related topics that will help you get the most out of your app development. However, before you jump into the specifics of what features would make the most sense for your company’s mobile app, you first must decide whether or not an enterprise mobile app would be advantageous for your company in the first place.
There are a lot of benefits that an enterprise mobile app can bring to your brand, but you may not realize just how much one could positively impact your business until you step back and take a look at your current day-to-day practices. Therefore, to help you better understand whether or not a custom mobile app could help to streamline work at your company, here are three signs that you may need an enterprise mobile app:
1. Your employees are constantly calling the office when they are out, in order to get information from their computer.
When you have to leave the office for an appointment, a meeting or even to go to an outside job site, it’s hard to prepare yourself completely with all of the information you may need while you’re gone. Even if you print off contact details and contracts, a last minute change may occur that has you regretting that your computer full of information is so far away. However, with an enterprise mobile app, you never have to leave behind documents again. The full catalog of your office information, contracts and contact info can live right in your pocket on your mobile app, giving you full access to office information on the go.
2. Your employees struggle to collect enough data.
Have you ever returned from a job site or meeting with a client wishing you would have gathered more information? For instance, maybe you would have liked to take a photo of a new piece of equipment you are going to be working on, or wish you had recorded the exact GPS location of your upcoming job site. Luckily, an enterprise mobile app allows you to combine all of these mobile processes in one place, and can even sync tasks with the files on your network for your fellow team members to view in real time.
3. Data cannot be shared until an employee is back in the office and can input the information on the network.
When all of your files, documents and contracts live on your office’s internal computer system, an employee is often required to come into the office and input the information in that specific location before the rest of their team members can also access it online. However, this can be a huge waste of time, especially for projects that are urgent or need to be kicked off as soon as possible. However, when employees are able to upload data on their enterprise mobile app while in the field, your in-office employees are able to access that information in real-time and get started on new projects before the off-site employee even gets back to the office. Talk about a time saver!
Are you considering developing a mobile app for your business? If so, what factors are holding you back? Contact us today and let’s start the conversation.
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