Okay, stop for a second. Take a step back. Think about your business.

Be honest. What are your strengths? Is it your people? Your technology? How about your company’s culture? Maybe your customer service? Even the job perks you offer?

What are your weaknesses? Any of those things listed above? Something different? Poor leadership? Lack of communication?

Every company does things a little differently. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses. And every company has something to learn from another. So what can you learn from other companies about information mobility?

Information mobility for the masses

Information mobility. We’ve talked about this concept before, but to put it simply, it’s about getting the most out of your people, your technology and your critical business data, so that your information works for you. In a new world of work that’s increasingly dominated by how well you make use of the information at your disposal, technologies that are changing the face of business every single day, and a workforce that is constantly in motion, it’s information mobility that ties it all together to create a business that can not only survive the 21st century, but thrive.

And if you don’t believe me, take it from your colleagues and competitors: in a study of more than 1,100 business leaders conducted by KRC Research for Ricoh USA, Inc., sponsor of WorkIntelligent.ly, 92 percent felt that information mobility wasn’t just good for their business — it was necessary.

But what’s less clear is exactly how you go about getting information mobility for your organization. It all sounds good in theory, but without some clear guidelines, it’s just another business buzzword. So what Ricoh did was bring together a team of top performing executives at their Customer Advisory Council — men and women from a broad range of industries and departments — and ask what’s worked for them in achieving information mobility for their organization.

Best practices for your business

Generation Gap InfographicTheir recommendations were illuminating, to say the least:

  • Realize that achieving information mobility is a long-term process, so don’t just look to solve immediate problems. Keep the long-term in mind, and be sure that any solution is appropriately scalable.
  • Don’t just buy technology because it sounds good. Understand what you’re looking to solve with that particular technology, whether it be data security, productivity issues or better information flow within your organization.
  • You need to sell your people on how new technologies and processes benefit their particular workstyle before adoption. It needs to be easy to use, or it won’t get used at all.
  • Audit your information workflows by talking with LoB users and see where the areas of greatest impact are across your organization. Those areas should be your targets.
  • Review, resolve issues, revamp your procedures and try again. Achieving information mobility throughout your organization isn’t some one-off thing — it’s an ongoing process you need to commit to.

So, now ask yourself, does your business have information mobility?