Just last week I blogged on the rise of the virtual office and the importance of apps to enable the workforce to have the same productivity tools while on-the-go that they’d have access to from the desktop. I hadn’t planned to write on mobility again so soon, but, having just read Matt Hamblen’s article at Computerworld, “Chief mobile officer: A job title now timely?” it seems equally timely to continue the discussion.
In his article Matt quotes a Forrester analyst, Ted Schadler, who said "Mobile is one of those things that bites you from behind if you aren't paying attention." He went on to reference the Forrester report:
The idea of a company having a chief mobility officer (CMO) isn't a new one. But as enterprises scramble these days to establish mobile strategies, having a CMO could be a key to success, according to a new Forrester Research report. …. One of the Forrester report's authors, analyst Ted Schadler, said “One of the reasons why a corporation would want to create an office of the chief mobility officer is to improve coordination of mobile initiatives. Without [such an office], firms will waste too much time and money…..”
Having all corporate mobile coordination done by a single chief mobility officer may still be a little far-fetched. However, the idea has been around for a few years now and as the economy improves (hopefully), and as the proliferation of smart mobile devices expands, the role of mobile for IT will only increase. Whether an organization has a Chief Mobility Officer or not, IT needs to fill the role with vision, strategy, and sound execution to meet the demands of their users while maintaining a secure environment.
As I mentioned at the beginning, to maximize productivity, the mobile workforce requires the tools to perform ALL the tasks while on-the-go that they can do within the traditional office space. This includes the ability to print from their mobile device. As a mobile-printing evangelist, I’m trying to spread the word about HP’s secure solutions for mobile printing. I reported last week about a recent survey on Enterprise Mobility done by Government Technology that revealed that only 18% of agencies identified having a strategy to address employees’ mobile printing needs and 57% of respondents either didn’t know that printing from a smartphone was possible, or thought that it was impossible.
It’s not only possible, it’s actually quite easy. Does your organization have a strategy for supporting mobile devices? Does it address secure printing solutions? If not, there are two solutions you should be aware of:
To develop a mobile printing strategy, use the ‘Lead Your Organization with a Mobile Printing Strategy’ planning template to guide you in developing a strategy to meet the specific needs of your organization.
To ensure that your organization always has access and visibility to the latest innovations in printing and imaging solutions consider HP Managed Print Services (MPS).