The Mobile Workforce – Where We Are Going and How to Get There

This is the last of a three part blog series exploring the mobile workforce: the past, the present, and the future. A lot of effort and brainpower by a lot of different people has been put into guessing the next great mobile technology and how it will revolutionize our lives. Rather than focusing on what the future will bring in terms of devices and networks I focus my thoughts on how I hope the mobile workforce mindset might change. I believe, the next critical change in the mobile workforce won’t be some new widget or bandwidth solution, but rather new insight and vision into how to use mobility and what it can really do for us. (more…)

The Mobile Workforce – Where We Are

This is the second of a three part blog series exploring the mobile workforce: the past, the present, and the future. In some ways examining the current state of the mobile workforce is the hardest challenge of the three. While the past is easily researched and the future can be guessed, the present is a living, moving thing that isn’t easy to pin down. By the time you’ve think you’ve got a good handle on the situation you realize that things have already changed.

Rather than examining specific companies or devices, let’s instead take a look at trends: what do modern mobile devices look like, what do they allow us to do, and how are they being used today? (more…)

The Mobile Workforce – Where We’ve Been

This is the first of a three part blog series exploring the mobile workforce: the past, the present, and the future. I’m taking a risk by starting in the past and, combined with my last blog, this might make me seem like a old timer wishing for the good old days, but to understand the mobile workforce of today and tomorrow, you need to understand what it looked liked yesterday.

When I first left college, I took a summer job working as a field runner for a tomato cannery. My job, along with a few others, was to drive around from field to field, inspecting the harvesting efforts, taking samples for testing, and generally ensuring everything was going smoothly as the crops were picked, trucked, and delivered to the factory. Each of the runners was given a vehicle to drive, a Citizen’s Band (CB) radio, a pager, and a mobile phone. (more…)