My first mobile phone, circa 2000. There was nothing “smart” about it: I used it to make calls, send incredibly short text messages and to play Snake.

My first mobile phone, circa 2000. There was nothing “smart” about it: I used it to make calls, send incredibly short text messages and to play Snake.

Productivity has become a buzzword for businesses of all sizes, with every organization looking for ways to maximize their output while managing their costs. It’s all for good reason, as the Conference Board of Canada suggests that productivity is the single most important determinant of a country’s per capita income over the long term.

One of the key ways businesses are increasing their productivity is through the use of technology, particularly one smart little device that most Canadians never leave home without: their mobile phone.

My first foray into “smart phones” with the Blackberry 7210, circa 2005. It was great for checking your email, calendar, making calls and it did help me become marginally more productive. And I loved that click wheel!

According to a Catalyst study, Canadian smart phone ownership is increasing 24% year- over-year. If you consider that in North America, mass smart phone adoption didn’t begin until the early 2000s, we’ve come a long way.

My mobile phone is probably the single most important tool I have in both my personal and my work life, and I am continually evolving the way I use it. It’s more than just about being connected or communicating, it’s an essential way of remaining productive in an increasingly mobile world.

In a normal day, I use my phone to do everything from planning an event, to submitting my expenses and run real-time reports. Apps like the Xerox Mobile Link, a personal productivity app, help me stay connected to the office even when I am not there, by connecting to our Xerox multifunction printers in the cloud to help me scan and send documents from anywhere.

And I’m not alone in relying on my mobile device to help me be more productive. Canadian businesses are adopting mobile phone use to better enable productivity across the map. For more information, check out this infographic for more mobile trends and see why mobile matters for your business.

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Source:: xerox news