With the recent acquisition of Nokia by Microsoft, it brings the topic of mobility to the surface of conversation once again.
Whilst Microsofts initial intentions may be about expanding and rounding off their ecosystem, the concept of empowering individuals to remain productive and “always connected” remains key.
This does not necessarily have to mean extending the virtual tether of the office to your lunch break, rather providing access to key systems and perhaps more importantly processes for you to proactively keep on top of commitments.
In my opinion the reverse of the virtual tether is true; by providing enablement to individuals, people can leave the office more freely as they can continue to be involved in key decisions vs. having to be present just in case.
Talking about mobility as a concept is not new to many of us, but what does this transpire to practically? It’s easy to fall into the trap of helping technology find a need, but what if we look to extend business initiatives such as the paperless office to the project manager who enjoys sunlight and would prefer to eat their lunch away from their desk.
<enter my fictitious but not hard to believe scenario>
The business has a leave request system in place based on SharePoint and Nintex workflow. One part of this process requires the project manager(s) for a consultant to approve a leave request prior to the system accepting and processing.
Enter the eager consultant who has spotted cheap flights to a European destination and we have our first potential bottleneck.
Through the utilisation of tools such as Nintex Forms and Nintex Mobile, your organisations tasks can be completed within a mobile app for reactive work (eg approve a leave request), or perhaps more useful – lets imagine our consultant is not in the office but actually reading the paper on the train home and notices the “too good to delay” holiday offer.
Proactive participation in business processes can be achieved by completing electronic forms (leave request) published to your mobile device. No need to worry about that tunnel – with Nintex Mobile offline usage is supported.
What solutions like Nintex Mobile offer is a delicate but intentional balance between mobility aspirations of an organisation and support for BYOD (bring your own device).
If we consider the latter point, mobility as a concept has introduced organisations with governance considerations with regards to device compatibility for business applications. What a solution such as Nintex Mobile provides is a delivery platform for business forms (proactive forms initiated or reactive forms responding to tasks).
Consider a scenario where you may want to draw upon a temporary, burstable workforce. The example that comes to mind is those friendly people that want to relieve you of your Stirling for a good cause. Capturing survey information or registration information for a charity could easily be achieved with a relatively straight-forward SharePoint list which is extended with Nintex Forms and finally delivered with Nintex Mobile.
I can visualise the job advertisement now for a temporary campaign… “200 volunteers required for London based charity undertaking surveys for 3 days. Must have own iPad or Surface”.
Enter the BYOD dream, volunteer downloads the free Nintex Mobile application, IT provides a login, and the form output is automatically saved securely into a SharePoint list for follow up.
Nintex Mobile reduces the cost to market of surfacing your SharePoint forms either as stand-alone electronic forms (leave request, expenses, travel request) or workflow tasks that require detailed responses.