Mobility & Productivity
This blog is just a random thought of how mobility truly increases productivity. I have been in SAP Mobility area for 8 years now (starting from MI to NW Mobile/ DOE, SUP) and I often wondered how mobility increases productivity of people. If you come to think of it, its like switching from the paper based era to PC era for performing tasks. so there you go Viola you have the answer to that question. But some times you really need a more personal story to embrace and truly believe that Mobility is here to stay and more and more people will adopt it to perform tasks and increase their productivity. Below are 2 personal stories that help confirm this fact.
If you have ever lived in Sydney you will know how difficult it is to get a place to live. (obvious market reasons less supply more demand & to top it if you have specific requirements then it gets harder) Every Unit/House/Apartment is open for 15 minutes of inspection (usually on Wednesday & Sundays) and you need to see the place and apply with all the necessary documents and depending on whether the landlord likes the application or not you get the place. To top this its even tougher if you don’t have a rental history (which was the case with me as I was new to Sydney).
So one Saturday (the inspection day) I made a list of all the places available for inspection and went to see them. I saved all this in my iPhone calendar with details of which train to take and the directions to see the place (of course using maps on the iPhone). I soon realized that I finished some inspections earlier than expected and had time to see other places. Luckily for me I had a mobile app which helped me look up places available for inspection and because I could see this data in real time and on the go I was able to reschedule my plan dynamically and be more productive and see more places than initially planned. Now imagine the above situation without a smart phone and a mobile application. In which case I would have a plan and would have to stick with it and might have missed out on opportunities to see more places. You bet I am hell a lot more productive with the mobile application available.
I recently joined a runners group in Sydney. After the run we went for a beer. I was casually chatting up with a Geologist and he mentioned that he uses the SAP applications a lot especially for Purchase Request & Approval. He wished that he had a mobile app to complete this process as that would entail him to be more productive to raise request and approve them there by giving him more time to focus on his core tasks which was trying to find Copper Ore 😆 . Its fascinating to be able to relate to how Mobility is increasingly helping people become more productive. I had the privilege of experiencing this first hand and also from the experiences of others.
I have met a few customers and often I see a lot of reluctance in adopting to Mobility, some of them want to take a wait and watch approach. All of them are valid and have reasons. However I strongly believe that the time has come to adopt Mobility and we will see more and more people using mobile devices to perform tasks. Mobility is here to stay, it will help make people more productive.
PS: Though its hard to find a place in Sydney eventually you will find one so stay put and keep trying. I found one after a month 🙂