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CommonTime can help you save time and money with the right mobile working strategyIn today’s economic climate, public sector organisations are under even more pressure to make sure services are citizen focussed whilst also achieving productivity gains and efficiency savings. Flexible and mobile working is increasingly seen to help significantly in achieving these goals.
It is estimated that the adoption of flexible and mobile working can increase worker output by 20 per cent, reduce office and facilities costs by 30 per cent, improve staff satisfaction and reduce environmental impact.
A recent survey by the Mobile Data Association found that over 90 per cent of local authorities with mobile technology projects in place said that productivity improved as a direct result of mobile working. Despite this, only around 15 per cent of local authorities in England and Wales have mobile working strategies in place beyond the pilot or planning stage.
Mobile and flexible working
With visible pressure on all government departments to strive towards Defra’s green IT scheme and increased emphasis on reducing costs, the adoption of mobile IT hardware could be the answer. Environmental advantages of mobile and flexible working such as reduced office costs and travel emissions only add to the reasons why mobile working is the future for efficient and modern business practice.
With the number of companies offering mobile e-mail and PIM solutions growing, it may be hard to understand which is right for your organisation; offering the flexibility and control you need. However, to realise the true potential of mobile working, a solution that can deliver secure access to real-time, integrated, line-of-business applications on top of reliable mobile, e-mail tools really are key. Mobile applications that can be customised, built from the ground up and integrated into existing business systems means mobile worker downtime is reduced and real efficiency gains quickly realised.
Meeting current and future needs
With a wide choice of software solutions and devices to choose from, it is important that organisations factor in current and future needs of their mobile strategy to ensure practical elements such as data management, support and scalability are satisfied. With mobility comes investment and although nothing is future proof, detailed planning, understanding of business needs and end user inclusion will help ensure successful implementation.
Success of mobility is becoming more and more evident in a wide range of public sector organisations. A County Council that recently implemented mobile technology in Transport Teams reporting road and path repairs expects to save £120,000 a year due to more efficient data collection and process management. In addition, thanks to faster working practices and better communication, the Council has seen a £500,000 drop in successful injury claims from damaged footpaths or potholes. With savings of this extent in one department, the adoption of mobile working technologies across an organisation could see substantial savings in time and money, as well as improved worker productivity. Although mobile working strategies require some upfront costs, return on investment is generally seen within just 12 months of implementation.
For advice on what direction your mobile working strategy should go, CommonTime could help. Already trusted by many local authorities and police forces across the UK and over 16 years experience successfully implementing mobile working strategies, CommonTime will make sure you get the most out of your investment. With solutions for mobile applications and file sharing, device management, security control and mobile e-mail, CommonTime can help you understand what solution can benefit you the most.
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