Nearly 90% of companies rely on frontline workers, and in the U.S., 82% of workers are in frontline roles. It’s no wonder, then, that organizations are more laser-focused on the productivity of frontline workers than ever before.
By sharing devices among workers and shifts, organizations can boost employee productivity. Any worker can grab any device, login using their credentials and access the relevant apps and data for their role. Authentication ensures users can access the resources they need without having to sign into each application, alleviating the burden of having to remember and enter numerous passwords. This is a critical component when you consider that employees spend 36 minutes per month on password entry alone.
And if improving the productivity of frontline workers is critical, so too is maintaining data security and privacy. And once again, SOTI MobiControl’s shared device offering has the solution.
When workers log out of a SOTI MobiControl managed shared device and put it down, their information and data isn’t accessible or available to the next worker who picks up the device and logs in. Each user has their own set of credentials to only access the files and apps which are relevant to their role. Additionally, administrators can choose which apps have their data cleared when a user logs out of a shared device1 – or they can log users out remotely.
Productivity and security: two areas of concern for organizations which can be addressed by sharing devices.
There are more smart reasons to share devices among workers. Look at this infographic to discover the advantages of sharing devices.
Five Advantages of Sharing Devices
- Keep Workers Productive
With shared devices, employees can grab any smartphone, tablet or rugged device, log on using their specific credentials and begin work immediately. They will instantly have access to the apps, data and information that is specific to their role and responsibilities.
This matters in industries such as transportation and logistics (T&L) or healthcare where time is critical. Waiting for a specific device to become available in T&L can result in delayed delivery times. In healthcare, waiting for healthcare workers to arrive can result in a poor patient experience.
- Powerful Security
Shared Device Configuration protects the smartphones, tablets or rugged devices being shared. If a device is shared between a retail manager and a store worker, they would have access to very different apps and data. The manager would be looking at things like profit and loss statements and employee evaluations while the store worker would be viewing backroom inventory levels. Yet, with Shared Device Configuration, the manager and worker wouldn’t view each other’s data or use each other’s apps, even though they are using the exact same device.
And if a user forgets to log out of a shared device, SOTI MobiControl users can configure shared devices to automatically log out after a set period of time or inactivity.
- Save Money on Hardware and Software Costs
The fewer devices an organization purchases for its employees, the more money it ends up saving. If an organization has 1,000 employees and operates on a three-shift schedule, it can purchase 1,000 tablets at $332.95 (USD) each for $332,950. Or it could purchase 334 tablets and rotate them among workers throughout the three shifts for only $112,205.30 and save over $200,000 on CAPEX costs.
Then, there’s the software cost savings associated with Shared Device Configuration. If, for example, a particular app is required, the organization can purchase 334 instances of the app rather than 1,000 and deploy them accordingly. And instead of users signing into the device and then into their particular app, with Single Sign-On (SSO) for Shared Devices,2 users can log in once and access the device and apps they need.
- Manage and Support Fewer Devices
It’s much easier to manage, deploy, support and keep track of 334 devices rather than 1,000 devices.
Shared Device Configuration greatly reduces the pool of devices out in the field and on the front lines. It can also reduce the time required to push critical apps and content updates to devices. Instead of pushing 1,000 apps to 1,000 devices for 1,000 users, IT staff can push 334 apps to 334 devices – and still ensure that all 1,000 employees have access to them. This is especially helpful if devices are deployed in remote locations where bandwidth is limited, as fewer devices will require less bandwidth.
- Flexibility and Agility
By sharing devices at work, employees can access their profiles from any device at any time. This ensures critical tasks are done on time and with efficiency. No need to wait for a specific tablet, smartphone or rugged device to become available. If it’s set up with Shared Device Configuration, a worker can log in, get what they need and stay productive. Additionally, it’s easier, faster and more cost-efficient to add new users and profiles to a shared device compared to purchasing a new device, configuring it accordingly and then delivering it into the hands of the end user.
Discover Shared Device Configuration in SOTI MobiControl
If you want to see how SOTI MobiControl Shared Device Configuration helps with productivity and security – in addition to providing other benefits and value to your organization – here’s how: