City of Copenhagen rolls out city-wide wireless network to allow employees to work on mobile devices

The City of Copenhagen in Denmark has recently announced that it has deployed a city-wide wireless network, based on technology from wireless infrastructure company, Aruba Networks, to enable its staff to work on mobile devices.

Although not the first project of its kind, it demonstrates a growing emphasis on employers providing secure mobile infrastructures to allow mobile workers to maintain office-level productivity when they are working on wireless devices, like smartphones or tablets.

Mobile working is set to become more popular over the next three years, according to leading independent analysts, like Gartner, as mobile devices become more sophisticated and mobile enterprise application platforms, like Azurati, allow mobile users to connect to their office systems securely on their smartphone or tablet device.

Being able to connect to core enterprise systems, like Microsoft SharePoint or CRM systems on a mobile device with mobile-rendered interfaces will transform the productivity levels of staff who are not in the office.

We recently came across a case where the field-based staff of a government agency were required to travel in to their office each day just to receive their work orders and supporting documentation for the day; even if this meant travelling extensive distances in the wrong direction to their work assignment.

How mobile staff like senior managers, sales and marketing professionals or field staff work during down-time (on public transport, in transit, at airports, etc.) when they are not in the office, will become the new benchmark for productivity and competitiveness.

If your business stops because you leave the office and are not available to review and approve documents, contracts or purchase orders; or if you have to wait until the next day when you are back in the office to follow up with a customer after a sales meeting, the chances are that in the near future, you are going to lose staff or lose business if your competitor’s staff are able to continue working as if they are in the office, when they only have a smartphone or tablet to hand.

To learn more about smarter and more productive working when you are on the road, visit www.azurati.com.

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