Mobile business applications from the cloud

Mobile working has become an indispensable part of our everyday business life. Now is the perfect time for this trend, which has gathered momentum in recent months, to be harnessed as an opportunity to advance digital transformation in your own company. Efficient networking of all mobile end devices in use – such as tablets, smartphones, and the increasingly popular smart watch – has a pivotal role to play. In fact, it’s the best way to facilitate barrier-free working and boost productivity in the company. Adopting a targeted approach to digital technology for in-house business processes also empowers businesses to serve their customers better and ultimately, to increase revenue. The prerequisite for this is a secure and central cloud platform for managing business data and documents.

Efficient digitalization and automation

Digitalizing and automating cross-company business processes is not only crucial for the future competitiveness of a company, it also makes it easier to respond rapidly to fluctuating conditions. Doing so leads to increased workflow efficiency and conserves resources. In addition, by integrating both in-house and third-party project partners into a cloud-based platform, collaboration is streamlined as documents are shared in a highly secure environment, avoiding the confusing sprawl of disparate document versions. Mobile applications based on a common cloud platform also make it possible to complete activities such as reviewing, releasing, and approving documents or work steps in an accessible and flexible way, even when you’re away from the office.

Handling business processes easily with a smart watch

In our information-driven society, making sure nothing is overlooked in the daily deluge of data, and keeping up to date on all the processes within the company, is becoming an increasing challenge. This is where the smart watch comes into play. Not only is it a real eye-catcher, it also displays tasks that still need to be completed as well as the current status of your personal worklist in the cloud. Such features save time and are a great way to finish time-sensitive tasks on schedule. Optimized presentation of the relevant work processes and a barrier-free user interface for all users are prerequisites for trouble-free handling of all applications on the compact display of a smart watch. With that condition in place, workflow activities like editing or commenting on texts or digitally signing and releasing documents can be performed swiftly on a smartphone or tablet.

Business cloud solutions ensure data privacy and data security

Security aspects are critically important for mobile applications. As a result, professional cloud vendors offer two-factor authentication and end-to-end encryption to ensure that data is never transmitted unencrypted. The relevant certifications are another significant factor. The Cloud Computing Compliance Criteria Catalogue – C5 for short – published by BSI, the German Federal Office for Information Security, defines the minimum security requirements that cloud providers have to meet. In addition, certifications such as ISO 27001, ISO 27018, and ISO 20000-1 provide information about information security and data protection as well as the quality of IT service management.

The bottom line

Although the use of end-to-end digital technology in businesses is largely still in its infancy, technological advances already offer virtually unlimited possibilities for mobile business applications. As the digital transformation of business processes progresses, the range of applications for mobile devices is expanding right along with it. This is clearly reflected in the rising popularity of smart watches, which serve as handy assistants designed to make everyday work easier and facilitate barrier-free workflows. Nonetheless, the growing trend towards mobile working will only translate into increased productivity in your own company if all your data is managed securely and efficiently in a professional business cloud solution.