by Katlyn G
Tues/ Thurs 930-1045
Smart Phones: What Do They Bring to the Business Table?
Smart phones are everywhere, it seems like a majority of the people walking down the street don’t even notice the other person is there; everyone has their gaze directly at their screen. Most people carry their whole lives on this tiny piece of technology and it has shaped the business world, as we know it today. Between being able to send emails and instant messages, these phones are now even able to do “video conferencing” conversations. However, are there any drawbacks to these phones? Are we as a country losing social skills on a one on one basis because of these new “technologic friends”? The business field seems to use smart phones as a tool, even giving them to employees for work use, it seems as though these new devices are changing life as we know it. Smart phones can help you from social networking all the way to unlocking your car with just a tap of the screen. It seems as though these phones can’t go wrong…but things might not always be, as they seem.
With the new smart phones being able to do almost exactly what a PC can do there is room to believe that our hand held devices will soon replace our desktop computers completely. With cloud providers “such as Google and Amazon they have refined access to their services from mobile devices, Microsoft and Oracle will soon follow suit with improved mobile apps” (Kontzer, 2010). With the popularity of such phones as the iPhone and Blackberry traditional IT companies are putting more commitments into cell phone companies. Laptops do have the capacity to have their battery last all day, however, smart phones have the capability to be charge in the car, or through a wall source; leaving someone with a computer at their fingertips at all times. Also most smart phones have” GSM Modules giving them access worldwide”(Hall, 2010). For most business people they have to take a lot flights, and a smart phone is great for that, they are able to play movies, shows, games, and even music. So when they want to pass the time before they board a flight their “work phone” becomes their own arcade. Another helpful benefit is that smart phones have GPS capability making it easy to search for the building your meeting is being held at in a city you aren’t familiar with. With the new Blackberry Torch it is even possible to carry “Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents right with you” (Cha, 2010).
Although access to the Worldwide Web is convenient to have in your pocket at all times, you are in more danger of hackers getting your credit card information, social security number, etc. Recently in the news it was reported that “a third of employees breach business smart phone policies” (Williams, 2010). With employees using these so called “work phones” for personal use there has been business data that was lost, stolen, or infected. If someone were to steal a smart phone that is being used by a business the security risk involved is great, especially if someone were to steal it. “Some big names in the IT industry are recommending not to download tremendously important documents on the smart phone, but instead to use a desktop” (Frye, 2010). Also, even though smart phones can do a majority of what a computer can do a few mere things make a huge differences; for example, the screen and keyboard size. Especially with the Blackberry, the keyboard is very small and can be difficult to type with if you are a man. The screen is also exceptionally smaller making it difficult to see exactly what it is that is being clicked on.
Yes, there are a larger amount of pros to the cons of the smart phone, however, the cons it does have our very important for business purposes. These phones can be great for emails, videos, music, games, and social networking; although, when dealing with important documents a good desktop cannot be replaced. If a person needs something for scheduling purposes a smart phone is also great, however, if they are needing to download a company database the security on a smart phone is not of high enough quality. Not only would hackers be an issue, but also losing the phone would be a huge problem. All and all, a smart phone is a very trendy and useful thing to have; yet, nothing can replace a good computer and a well-organized planner. A successful businessperson would have all of these tools in order for his or her company to run smoothly.
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