In my last blog, I shared how mobile technology has made me a more productive person. Specifically, how Smartphones have made it easier to work while away from one's desk. Surprisingly another type of mobile technology has made a huge impact on my work life—the tablet.
I’m not the only one. Maintenance technicians have found the value of tablets for maintenance work, with more adopting this technology every day. A recent Software Advice study found 44% of those surveyed report using a tablet, versus 34% who use a smartphone. Another 21% use both.
Easy to Use
These findings parallel my own experience. I can’t go anywhere without my smartphone. But my tablet’s larger screen size is much easier on my eyes when I need to access documents or other detailed text. It’s also much easier for my fingers to work with buttons and drop-down menus on a tablet.
My tablet has a sturdy, waterproof case to protect it when I’m in dirty environments or inclement weather. Enhanced WiFi access and cellular service means I can use it almost anywhere. Plus, security features safely control access to my data, even when I’m not in the office.
All my work is connected between my tablet, my smartphone, and the computer network at the office—thanks to cloud based computing. Best of all, I learned to use my tablet in no time at all. Standardized application interfaces meant that I knew how it worked as soon as I picked it up.
The One Stop Shop of Technology
The combination of mobile devices with CMMS software makes a powerful tool to help you get the job done. A tablet replaces a lot of equipment that maintenance managers used to need, including:
- Video conference system
- Desktop or laptop computer (for many functions)
- GPS device
- Video camera
- And much more.
Fitting maintainers with mobile technology seems natural. With smartphones and tablets, you can obtain information on the spot—instead of jotting it down on paper to be input later. Mobile devices allow you to access vital information easily without calling back to the office or getting “plugged in.” The potential to enhance your maintenance team's productivity is massive.
This article was originally posted on mpulsesoftware.com by Steve Brous