As a road warrior you know the routine, you are sitting at an airport thousands of miles away from your company office. You are trying to work on a slide deck and proposal for a customer presentation – and you need more data. It’s late and the office is closed, all of your co-workers have gone home for the evening. Does this sound familiar, if it does – then we need to talk.
More and more business travelers are relying on cloud and mobile based technology to act as an extension and supplement their traditional computer, notebook and phone.
Now with cloud based applications that can be accessed from anywhere and most often from any device, having access to information 24/7 is not a problem. Now WiFi, the Internet, CRM (Customer relationship management ), data files, accounting, marketing and customer sales portfolios are only a few keystrokes away from your smartphone, tablet or notebook.
“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off-balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” –Cesare Pavese, Italian poet and novelist
Secure access has never been easier. Just yesterday I logged into our company CRM and updated a customer project and created an invoice – all from my smartphone in a matter of minutes.
Two weeks ago my business partner had a recent unexpected trip to the East Coast. He was able to stay connected and plugged into the daily business while he attended to his travel needs. He was even working on and updating our website while on the plane flying to his destination. During the flight his only limitation was – battery life.
Today business travelers use technology as an umbilical cord and a critical connection back to the company office and their home lives. In a survey conducted by Cambria Suites, they show some interesting facts:
- 62% of business travelers expect free WiFi
- 23% of travelers say they now frequent less full-service hotels
- 21% of travelers state they are expected to produce better results from trips
- 79% of travelers state that personal meetings are still necessary
- 76% state that business travel helps their company grow
- 68% find it challenging to eat healthy while on the road
- 60% find it challenging to exercise while traveling
- 62% find it hard to sleep on a work-related trip
- 42% say they are missing important family events
- 66% state that rely on cloud and mobile apps to achieve productivity while on a business trip.
What we see in the above numbers is a struggle to find a balance between personal and work life. Business travelers are looking for ways to counterbalance their work and travel with their private family life.
What speaks volumes to us is the result that 66% of travelers view technology as a way to stay connect to both. Using cloud and mobile based apps allow opportunities that were unheard of just a few short years ago.
Road warriors can now use Skype to stay connected to loved ones, co-workers and customers alike. They can also stream and watch movies with apps such as Netflix to help unwind. As well they can connect to important company resources all in the comfort of the airport, airplane, taxi, conference and their hotel room.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowline, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –Mark Twain, American author and humorist