By Cass Whobrey on 1/13/2016 8:00:00 AM
Mobile technology didn’t just spring forth out of the ether one day. From laptops to wearables and every device in between, it’s taken us years to develop the ever-connected world we now live in. Technology didn’t need to go mobile, we did. So why does your smartphone get all the credit for the work you do on the go?
The driving force behind the advance of mobile technology has always been you. As the needs of your business expanded, you embraced any technology capable of streamlining your processes.
Delta Airlines was already a decades-old success when mobile technology came into existence, but this champion of the skies knows an opportunity when it sees one. Driven by the needs of its incredibly mobile workforce, Delta set about replacing all of its manuals, schedules and point of sale (POS) solutions with lighter, cloud-connected devices back in 2013. Now, every Delta flight is outfitted with smartphones in the cabin and tablets in the cockpit.
The result: Delta Airlines has eliminated between 80 and 200 pounds of paperwork from being carried onto each of their flights, resulting in a fuel savings of 1.2 million gallons per year. The airline is also saving a ton on printing (and sparing innumerable trees) by moving these documents to the cloud.
Eliminating the excess baggage of outdated systems isn’t the only way businesses are driving technology. Sometimes the only way to work better is to work faster.
It’s hard to find a quicker-moving team than the crew over at Lotus F1, either on or off the track. With a production cycle shorter than two weeks and team members who regularly travel between the track and the office, the Lotus team has no time to reschedule even a single meeting. From design to production to taking the podium, constant communication is key.
The result: By collaborating via document sharing, chat, and video conference, Lotus F1 can rapidly develop and implement new parts and designs. By collecting and analyzing data from both in-house sources and the industry at large, the team knows when to replace each part and saves on production costs by building only what they need, when they need it.
Your needs are many and the competition is steep, but that’s why your company is the agile, streamlined force it is today. Of course, staying ahead of the pack means constant adaptation. If you want to make the sort of moves that have kept Delta Airlines and Lotus F1 at the top of their fields, we suggest a solution that can both meet your current needs and evolve to meet the unknown challenges of tomorrow.
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