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Is your mobile guru costing you money

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This white paper reports on how many business looks at how important training is to successfully deploy mobile devices in the enterprise and why without training any mobile plan is doom to fail and cost more money the longer training is not implemented

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Is your mobile guru costing you money

  1. 1. Is your mobile guru costing you money?By Howard LeeCIOWirehead Technology He seems to be in every office I go to when I start a consulting session with a client. In some cases he is the only one in the sales force who really understands how to use his mobile device [i.e. PDA, Cell phone, and Blackberry] and applications he needs to be more effective salesman. Sometimes I would end up talking to him about how mobility can help the company become more profitable if only he had that “killer app” that can help him beat the competition. But he is not part of the management, IT, or development team, he’s just the company’s “go to guy” or guru when it comes to mobility. I am sure you have one of them in your office. He knows how to use any mobile device with easeand in some cases he is your ad hoc trainer for everyone else who just can’t seem to getthe hang of their mobile device.You begin to think your saving a ton of money because he is training your staff on theirmobile device for FREE right? Wrong, in fact your mobile guru is costing you money. Buthow you say he’s training my staff for free? Let’s take a real look at you mobile guru. Ifhe is not part of your IT staff or application development team he is costing you moneyas I mentioned before your mobile guru is usually part of your sales staff now what is theprimary job of your sales staff it’s to sale your products or services to your existingclients and to get new customers for your business right? Anything that takes away fromthat means you are losing sales and existing customers are not getting their fullattention. It also means that your mobile application you spent time and money on is notbeing effectively used by your sales staff since only one or two people really “gets” howthe application is supposed to be used.Tell me if this is what’s happening in your office your guru is on the phone with a clientthen someone comes over to him because they can’t understand how to get email orwrite messages on their mobile device. So he cuts his call short to help his co-worker.“So what’s wrong with that” You say. Well here is what’s wrong by cutting his sales callshort your guru may have lost a client that’s revenue down the drain. Then there is theco-worker he is not only calling sales leads or clients he is proving that your mobilesolution is not making him more productive but less. So now you have three loses inrevenue all because your mobile solutions was not properly integrated into you companyculture.
  2. 2. So what’s the solution it’s seems rather simple but you would be surprised how manycompanies over look it when comes to mobility. That’s training, training, training mostcompanies maybe yours thinks becoming mobile means giving their staff a mobiledevice setting up a mobile network from a provider and presto we are mobile. Thinkinglike this is what cause most mobile projects to fail or never really live up to theexpectations of the company’s that deploy them.A recent Gartner Group report say’s that 12% of your company’s budget should go fortraining both your IT and end user staff on what your mobile strategy is for your companyand on the effective use of your mobile application and the mobile devices that will bedeployed by your end users. The report goes on to say that a fully trained worker canproduce $2000.00 more dollars in revenue than an untrained worker. Think about thatfor a moment when your sales staff stops and have to go to your guru. He is not makingsales calls to your clients. Your salesman is also taking time from his client to call onyour guru now you have two people not working losing money for every moment hespends helping others. While it maybe great team work it is not the team work you needto keep your business growing. Remember their job is to sell your product or serviceanything that stops that is a drain on your business.Mobile devices can be a great way to make your sales staff more productive. But only ifthey a are fully trained on the device and your application. So if you truly want mobility towork for your business fire your guru and give all of your staff the training they need tomake mobility a truly profitable part of your business.Howard Lee is CIO of Wirehead Technology a mobile technology consulting firm can becontacted at http://www.wireheadtec.com/Email :wireheadtec@gmail.comTel: 773-506-7215This article was originally published in Enterprise Management Quarterly 2009:Is Your Mobile Guru Costing You MoneyFollow Us On: http://www.twitter.com/wire123

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