Impact of mobile technology on mobility in business Perhaps more important than this world of informa- tion is the fact that you can access the bits which are really important to you, like your e-mail, ﬁnancial information, sales data or just about anything you’d like to take a look at while on the move. Mobility these days, says Sean Gansbeck, CEO of 7 Days Technology, is more than the idea of an executive with a notebook. "Mobility really is being unattached to your desk. Mobility is not necessarily a PDA [personal digital assistant], although this is often the preferred way in addition to a notebook,” he says. "Mobility means being able to access and perform office ﬁanctions even though you are outside of the corporate network away from the office. “This capability is a reality today and many companies, large and small, are taking advantage to make their businesses more efficient or more effective,” he says. The revolution has come about as a result of the incredible amount of power packed into a device roughly the size of a pack of cards. Your cellphone is no longer just a phone; it is a versatile computer which, in many respects, is far more capable than the PCs of the 1990s. lt Starts With Connectivity The major cellular networks all offer high-speed data connections, a capability which underlies the ability to extend your office on to the handset of your choice, in essence, the connectivity which is available (which includes 3G, GPRS and EDGE) extends the Internet to your cellphone or PDA, so any services to which you are accustomed can be delivered to your phone. Now you will need a handset that can take advantage of this technology. “The handsets coming to market today really put the capability to get started with a mobile office in just about everyone's hands,” says Justin Hume, marketing manager at Samsung. “Most people probably don’t realise that their handset can be used to connect to broadband lnter- net without any additional device; if you have a new handset, then chances are good that you are 3C- or even HSDPA-enabled.” Hume says it’s not just the handsets on top business packages. "The phone reallyshould be seen as an extension of the PC, especially for the small, entrepreneurial business owner who wants to be hands- on and in touch at all times,” he says. Equipped with a suitable handset, you are ready to get connected and start using a mobile service. Even though a ‘basic’ service, e-mail is widely recognised as possibly the most useful of them all. Getting your e-mail on your phone, then, is a good place to start. What you may not know is that your phone has an operating system just like a computer. There are basically two major platforms: the Symbian operating system, and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile Edition. While both of these operating systems have their strengths and weaknesses, the obvious advantage with Microsoft’s offering is that it will inter-operate with just about all aspects of your desktop PC.
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