Totally Mobile!

By Bob Larrivee posted 11-10-2011 11:04


Every time I hear this term “totally mobile” it reminds me of a friend I had in high school who was raised in California and moved to New England. He had been working on an old car his Dad gave him to use when he got his license. On that day, he showed up where we all hung out and yelled out “Dude, I’m totally mobile!” This of course was his way of telling me he had passed his exam and was now legally able to drive. Today the term totally mobile means something different but yet not so different.

To some, being totally mobile means we are no longer tethered to a particular place or space. In the case of my friend, it meant he was no longer dependent upon others to get him from place to place. In today’s world, it means you are able to do what you need to do from any place at any time. Think about this for a moment. You are now able to access information and conduct business 24/7 from any place in the world and at any time day or night. Using smart phones and tablets enables many people to conduct business remotely and even in transit. There have been many times when I too am online while flying to my next destination, answering email, updating files and doing many of the things I would normally do in an office.

There are even applications now becoming available with add-on devices that will allow emergency medical personnel to hook you up, monitor your heart rates and send the information right to the emergency room. In some cases, you may even see a video session using tools like Skype or other more secure means, from the back of an ambulance so the emergency room staff can view and even converse with the patient who is on the way to the hospital so they can gather information and prepare for arrival.

In my view, being totally mobile is a great direction to take in business. The increased flexibility and efficiency can provide huge benefit. The barrier seems to be one more of culture than technology. Can the human element trust enough that the work will be done? Is there proper governance in place to help make that transitional step? I think the time is no to plan and prepare for the era of mobility. As my friend would say, “Dude, it’s time to do it. Go totally mobile!”

If you are ready to move forward and are finding yourself stuck or unfocused and are not sure where to begin or what to do next, seek professional assistance and/or training to get you started.

What say you? Do you have a story to tell? What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you have a topic of interest you would like discussed in this forum? Let me know.


Bob Larrivee, Director and Industry Advisor – AIIM

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