By Brian Lincoln, senior product line manager, DocuShare Business Unit, Xerox

It’s a necessary evil: business travelers have to carry their laptops with them so they have easy access to the documents they need in airports, in-flight and in remote locations.ECM on the Go: A Day in the Life of a Working Globe Trotter

Much to the mobile worker’s relief, sleek, light-weight devices like tablets and smartphones have lifted some of the weight of heavy laptops off our shoulders. These devices offer more mobility for employees on-the-go, and are helping solve issues for many business travelers. Mobile apps that connect to enterprise content management (ECM) systems provide secure, digital access to documents while in the air and on the ground, alleviating any frazzled feelings working globe trotters may experience.

The headaches for traveling executives don’t stop upon landing. I know one personal worry is the thought of printing something sensitive – like a customer contract or proprietary information – to a printer back at the office, but not being there to pick it up. With mobile print options available today, professionals in all different fields can ease that tension by securely printing to a convenient location from a mobile print-enabled device. What’s more, meeting attendees in remote locations can be on the same page by obtaining a copy through cloud print. Having access to a document management system provides a convenient library to print from.

The globe trotter has had a successful meeting, but the document journey isn’t over just yet. The third leg of this venture is about to begin. Following the meeting, business travelers need to capture the materials shared during the session so that coworkers back home can access them. Many ECM systems, including DocuShare, offer a range of scanning and capture solutions to connect travelers and colleagues with a single step.

After a long day of document management, it’s now time to head back home. Instead of working – or worrying – the traveler can put the seat back, headphones on and watch the in-seat entertainment because any needs for mobile access, printing and capture were all taken care of by Xerox’s Mobile Client for DocuShare and DocuShare’s mobile-printing and cloud-printing support