The Desktop and the Mobile Device: A Case of Either Or?

Before its release last week, Windows 8 was already blazing a polarising line between diehard desktop-lovers and members of the mobile device movement. The first camp proclaimed there’d always be room for the desktop and that the mobile device will never allow for the level or productivity and task completion a standard PC does.Windows 8, the latter camp proudly cheered, will send the classic desktop to its deathbed as more employees give first priority to their personal mobile device.

As organisations consider how far to dip their toes into mobility, it’s important to remind them that at this point, both desktop and mobile computing are still theirs for the taking. There is no computing ultimatum right now, and there might not ever be. What makes more sense than choosing which side of the dividing line to stand on is determining how both computing styles can fit the many and varied needs of your organisation.

The mobile device fills the gap

Think of mobility as a way to ensure productivity continues even when your employees are away from their desks. A report from PricewaterhouseCoopers entitled “The re‑emergence of enterprise mobility” describes the mobile device as an “intelligent network node.” Specifically, the mobile device offers more modes of contact than desktops: email, phone, text, video, chat and social media. This increases the chance you will be able to reach employees in some capacity while they’re on the road.     

Sharing content between the desktop and the mobile device

There are tools and applications that enable you to share content across devices, making it easier to integrate mobility into your desktop strategy. For instance, organisations can share their SharePoint portals on tablets and mobile phones with mobile web apps and customised mobile solutions. Employees can then access the same documents and calendarsthey use on their desktops. SharePoint 2013 will offer even more options in the form of new mobile browser experiences.

The desktop and the mobile device: What works for your industry?

CIO Australia article from earlier this year suggests that certain industries may be more primed for mobility than others. These are usually organisations with highly mobile employees, remote employees and employees needing to share data frequently throughout the day. Supply chain processes, disaster recovery and business continuity capability and social networking are also good areas for mobile optimising.

Before you start letting a flurry of personal devices into your organisation, consult with an IT provider that can help your business plot its desktop-mobility strategy. Datacom experts can share insight on every aspect of your deployment, from hardware procurement for both the desktop and the mobile device through to licensing and security.

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