Business checklists include inventory reorders and regular audits, but mobile management is not usually something that makes these lists. It should because according to some reports, as much as 75 percent of the American workforce will be mobile by 2013. Failing to manage expenses related to mobile devices can have a huge financial impact. As businesses embrace the concept of a remote workforce, they must also accept the ongoing responsibility of optimizing mobile plans.The Movement Toward Mobile Devices for Business Use Landline telephones are not yet extinct but fewer of them will be found in businesses in coming years. According to a leading telecommunications management research firm, approximately 26 percent of companies plan to decrease their number of fixed or wired phones this year. As the world goes mobile, businesses must revise their telecommunications strategy to include cost optimization for mobile devices and their service plans.Companies should embrace the mobile office because it provides increased freedom and productivity. New information regarding wireless platforms, devices, and plans is released on a regular basis. The mobile environment is constantly evolving and companies that do not participate in it will be left behind by their competitors that do. Mobile management is part of the movement toward a mobile workforce and should become a regular part of business operations.Making Mobile Management Regular PracticeStudies show that optimizing a wireless voice plan on a monthly basis results in a 200 percent increase in annual savings compared to quarterly optimization. Adding a mobile management plan review to the monthly to-do list helps companies minimize costs for mobile service. It also makes it easier to determine how many new mobile devices are needed based on employee turnover and obsolete products. Unfortunately, only about 25 percent of companies optimized mobile voice and data plans each month during 2011.Many companies make a point to replace mobile devices according to a pre-established cycle. However, 27 percent do not, resulting in inefficiencies and issues regarding cost containment. As the wireless environment changes due to new developments, companies realize optimal levels of performance from both operational and financial perspectives by establishing a monthly mobile optimization cycle. Joining the organizations that already do this puts a business at a competitive advantage, while the rest of the industry struggles to keep pace.Monthly optimization of voice and data plans is something that companies can do on their own. However, as an organization grows, this task can become burdensome. Many companies cannot afford to dedicate a single person to this job and having multiple people handle different aspects of it can result in redundancies and missed opportunities for savings.Many companies eventually outsource these responsibilities. A vendor that conducts ongoing comparisons of calling and data plans is able to pick up where the business left off, continuing the cost control efforts. The best vendor creates a transparent process so the business client can continue to view important usage statistics and make cost-control decisions whenever warranted, rather than relinquishing control to a third party.