3 Key Benefits of Mobile Technology in Manufacturing

Under increased pressure to perform at higher outputs in shorter timeframes, manufacturers around the world are turning to mobile solutions—both on the sales floor and in the warehouse. Here are three remarkable advantages they can expect from incorporating mobile technology:

1. Time Saved. According to Mutual Mobile, mobile apps save the average manufacturing employee 42 minutes per day. This translates to increased efficiency and decreased lag in processing sales orders, retrieving data, and sending information to customers. As a bonus, reporting from the floor to upper management has never been easier (and vice versa).

2. Improved Management. Tablets and notebooks can help managers with everything from scheduling and assigning tasks to organizing their contacts for various projects. A study by Sage North America found that mobile business apps are instrumental in cross-department project planning and communication across company channels. Mobile technology also streamlines inventory management and supply chain processes.

3. Reduced Cost. An effective mobile strategy can cut down energy and travel costs significantly. Instead of digging through thick instruction manuals, workers can get the information they need from hosted content and video training guides on tablets, thereby eliminating the need for an in-house demonstration or consultant. Instant access to real-time information better informs decision-makers, who are then less likely to make costly errors.

These are only the tip of the iceberg. Mobile-minded manufacturers know that they can leverage new tools to drastically increase operational efficiency. But what about all of the time and money invested in existing enterprise servers and legacy software? Surely it wouldn’t be logical to toss all of those systems out the window. Indeed, it isn’t: The most effective mobile strategies integrate new apps and software into the company’s existing infrastructure. To learn more about how to accomplish this, check out our white paper, “Native Development, HTML5, and Virtualization: An Overview of Enterprise Mobility Strategies” here.

Why Schools and Workplaces Should Invest in Mobile Learning

According to a report by Ambient Insight, revenues from mobile learning will exceed $6.8 billion in Asia by 2017. Over the past decade, mobile learning innovators in Asia tapped into a market they thought was restricted to the classroom—and quickly realized the great potential of incorporating mobility into corporate offices. Mobile learning tools are now so widely successful in Asia that the continent alone produces nearly half of the world’s mLearning revenue.

What are the big advantages that have made mobile learning so profitable? Let’s outline some of the gains that students and employees alike have experienced:

In the Classroom

• Using tablet-based learning apps can help boost test scores—especially for students with learning disadvantages.
• It makes learning more fun for younger generations, and helps train them to be part of the 21st century workforce.
• Instead of replacing tried-and-true learning strategies, mobile learning complements established methods to make them more effective.
• Convenient automation can instantly provide scores (and plenty of other insightful data) to teachers.
• Students use devices to complete quick learning tasks or user-guided games, which gives them a sense of flexibility and control while helping them focus on specific material for set intervals.

At Work

• Mobile tools, when shared across multiple departments, can help bridge the information gap between, say, marketing and IT, or sales and executive management.
• Incorporating device-based programs can boost employee productivity, especially when they can bring devices home.
• Video training, which has a much higher retention rate, can make corporate communications more simple, effective, and engaging.
• Mobile apps speed up the sales process tremendously.
• Access to the cloud increases transparency and collaboration among employees while also fostering diverse, blended learning styles.

Each institution approaches mobile learning from a “What’s the actual ROI?” standpoint, so teachers and executives should aim for learning programs that directly address some problem or deficiency in their environments. But regardless of how we approach it, mobile learning is here to stay—the benefits are too great.

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