Nowadays, every blog article or editorial you read is hailing the virtues of collaborative working and the tech that supports this. Somewhere along the way, we lost sight of the most versatile piece of collaborative equipment we own. The humble mobile phone.
The centre point of Hybrid-working
With millions of people now working from home on a permanent or hybrid basis, it would be easy to forget the role of mobile when it comes to communication. However, as we look to the future of work and businesses evaluate their needs to enable a more permanent remote working, mobile is an important part in facilitating this.
Adopting a "mobile-first" strategy gives businesses the perfect starting block to support work from anywhere model, particularly with the rich feature set that mobiles now possess. From emails to excel and everything in between a smartphone is easily as capable as a laptop for day to day business admin. Using a mobile is no longer a compromise, in fact, quite the opposite. Mobiles provide the freedom, agility and flexibility that allow users to work how they want, when and wherever they want without being dictated to by network constraints.
Mobile collaboration is robust and with technologies such as Microsoft Teams offering full and feature-rich mobile apps it's evident to see that mobiles are still very much at the forefront of collaboration. The ease of integration with emails, calendars and chat streams also makes "availability" easier to achieve - even on the fly. With most meetings now taking place remotely, it's easy to transition your work seamlessly from mobile, to desk phone or teams calling.
Mobile-first is user-first
By placing mobile at the centre of collaboration and indeed UC in general it offers a solution to the work from anywhere problem. However mobile collaboration solutions should go beyond just a traditional mobile handset, but should also include portable devices such as tablets and laptops.
Collaboration continues to be one of the fastest-growing parts of the communications industry and if we put the emphasis on mobile, rather than seeing it as an add-on it could be the catalyst for a modernised way of working. "Mobile-first" delivers a consistent way of working for users, so by "Mobile-first" we actually mean "User-first"