In a world of go, go, go, everything from a Starbucks order to a plane ticket can be automated and ready to go with a click of a button. Yesterday, I was asked, “Are you a mobile order?” I thought to myself, “Well, am I?”
As it turns out, that day I wasn’t. I hadn’t preordered my coffee to have it waiting, piping hot, with my name on it and ready to go. But for someone traveling the world, continuously touching down in different cities and countries for business, I am always on the go. I need my business tools, applications and results to be just as fast moving and available, too.
Automating our businesses isn’t just about being mobile or easily accessible from everywhere, however. It makes solid business sense, too. With automation, less time is wasted, fewer steps need to be taken, and costs are drastically reduced as a result.
So what, exactly, can we automate in our businesses to thrive in a mobile world?
With portable training, vast amounts of information are at our fingertips. And these resources can always be accessed wherever the intended student is. With in-the-now access to lessons, updates, webinars and more, the training industry is being transformed by the ability to learn from anywhere in the world.
One thing about constantly being on the move is the need to access your files from anywhere, at any time. Just 10 years ago a file or document seemed doomed to exist on one drive, in one computer forever. That meant out of the office, out of luck. Yet a decade later, technology has caused us to embrace and trust “the cloud” putting our pertinent files into the endless depths of the internet to retrieve at any moment, from any device.
Nothing is more automation-favored than social media and the marketing methods behind it. With tools such as SmarterQueue or Buffer, companies can schedule and publish their social posts or ads once the initial setup is complete. Your work teams generate and create the content, scheduling it all in one day to be posted, without additional action required.
You have questions, and someone somewhere has answers. Real-time resources, much like training, is a priceless advantage for any business. From social media platforms, utilizing specialized Facebook groups and LinkedIn, to forums such as Quora, these in-the-moment jackpots of information give leaders and decision-makers instant access to some of the brightest minds at the click of a button.
Feeding our need for instant gratification, we demand results in real time with tracking by the minute and notifications of even minuscule changes in numbers and figures. Companies are taking full advantage of real-time business intelligence (RTBI) software and systems to not only collect, but analyze data from all over the world.
We are a culture of now, and we want our tools for business accessible in the blink of an eye. Social platforms embrace this, offering continuously updated analytics, apps allowing us to track our banking and investments by the minute and the never-ending beeping and buzzing of notifications from our smartphones and devices further proves our distance from the days when answers took time and a coffee had to be ordered in person.