Mobility: From the 1940’s World War to SharePoint 2013

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Editor’s note: Contributor Himanshu Sharma works at Trigent Software Inc.

2013-06-19-SharePointMobility-02.pngWorld War II – Mobility & Motorola

The most notable impact of mobility in collaboration concept dates back to the 1940s during World War II when Motorola designed a two way walkie-talkie for the U.S army. Amid destruction and chaos, Motorola’s Handie-Talkie SCR536 portable two-way radio became an icon of the war.

Then, in 2007, the great Apple’s iPhone sprawl began with its easy to navigate, intuitive features powered by touch screen capability to mark a new wave of mobile apps that spearheaded the revolution of enterprise mobility. Today, mobility has evolved to an extent that an enterprise can’t afford to ignore it.

Mobility & SharePoint 2013

Mobility has become an inseparable component of collaboration across an organization. In fact, it has become a strategic component of many organizations as they are constantly exploring innovative mobile solutions that can drive their business revenue up by boosting workforce productivity. The importance of mobility is rooted in the fact that organizations want their workers to stay connected and operate from anywhere using any devices, thereby becoming more efficient and productive in managing their tasks. If mobility is the new mantra for business collaboration, how can a widely used unified platform like SharePoint afford to miss mobility in their concept of collaboration? Let’s see how the latest release of SharePoint 2013 helps mobile users.

SharePoint 2013 Features for Mobile Devices

1. Instant Business Intelligence insights on Mobile Devices
Business Managers can now view business intelligence reports right on their mobile devices without using desktops or laptops. This new feature also enables decision makers or business managers to view actionable insights on their mobile devices. A mobile user can also configure external access for his mobile to use features out of the network.

2. Enhanced Security
Security is one of the key challenges when it comes to mobility. In order to clear this roadblock, SharePoint 2013 enables mobile security through Exchange Active Sync that enhances security elements associated with mobile usage. For instance, using a remote wipe command, one can easily erase all sensitive data from a mobile device if it gets stolen or lost.

3. Microsoft Office Web Apps View (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
The latest SharePoint version enables mobile users to perform all functions related to Microsoft office suite like managing, processing or viewing documents in MS Word, viewing a live PowerPoint presentation or performing analysis on Excel. This extended support for all office applications helps users on the go save more time and become efficient at work from any part of the world.

4. Get Latest updates on the go
The most important aspect of mobility is to enable business people on the go stay connected and well informed. SharePoint 2013 renders push notification features that enable mobile users to receive various types of notifications. To use this feature, a mobile user has to register with a SharePoint site and get regular notifications as per their needs. Depending upon users’ needs, the mobile devices can be configured with SharePoint to get various notifications that interest them.