Flexible mobile tech solutions can allow small business owners and their employees to work where they want, when they want. But, of course, security is always an issue. On Wednesday, members of our small business community joined in a lively Twitter chat sponsored by HP. They also invited me and Ramon Ray of SmallBizTechnology.com to participate. How Flexible Mobile IT Refreshes Small Business At one point, Ramon shared a photo of how one mobile warrior replenishes himself while on the go. want to see what a mobile warrior in NYC drinks ? #NewStyleIT pic.twitter.com/QM14OG9qgZ \u2014 Ramon Ray (@ramonray) October 16, 2013 Meanwhile. . . The community joined in for a question and answer session. The topics included how more mobile IT solutions can replenish all small businesses, making them more flexible and productive than ever before. Here are some quick stats from HP: 37% of the workforce will be mobile in 2015, & adopting mobile IT allows #SMBs to be more productive. #NewStyleIT http://t.co/x9HT5LZAT0 \u2014 HP for SmallBiz (@HP_SmallBiz) October 16, 2013 Ramon Ray also shared another way to look at those same numbers from a 2011 IDC study. And this infographic shows us mobility doesn't stop with your phone. Small businesses are moving toward mobile solutions beyond the smartphone. http://t.co/aCVMmprQw8 #SMB #NewStyleIT \u2014 HP for SmallBiz (@HP_SmallBiz) October 16, 2013 Mobile Technology and Your Business The community also discussed some big picture issues when it comes to small businesses and the mobile workplace. @HP_SmallBiz Q1. There's a lot of concern regarding security, privacy and having the right backup. Also, updates are constant! #NewStyleIT \u2014 Jen (@iDreamofJenn) October 16, 2013 A1: If I were doing a SWOT analysis, \u201cmobility\u201d is an opportunity. You can reach customers in new ways. #NewStyleIT \u2014 Anita Campbell (@smallbiztrends) October 16, 2013 A1 - @MommyBlogExpert NO in house tech support ? Rely on tech vendors to help, hire local help, seek online support svcs - #NewStyleIT \u2014 Ramon Ray (@ramonray) October 16, 2013 Another challenge with greater mobility is the security of your company's data. Here was the discussion in our community. @HP_SmallBiz for one, always use HTTPS/SSL for their websites. This ensures the data is transmitted securely #NewStyleIT \u2014 Marc Uydess (@muydess) October 16, 2013 A2. I put out a Monthly Company Newsletter, addressing issues within the company and IT landscape for my employees @HP_SmallBiz #NewStyleIT \u2014 Melanie (@LuckyMel8) October 16, 2013 Q2 iCloud #NewStyleIT \u2014 erica yingling (@runitbymom) October 16, 2013 A2 Integrate content access and communication abt content - affordable united communications platforms like Yammer exist #NewStyleIT \u2014 Pierre DeBois (@ZimanaAnalytics) October 16, 2013 Our community also had some thoughts on the kinds of technology small businesses should look at investing in to allow them to flex their mobile IT muscle. @HP_SmallBiz A3 Smartphones, tablets and the ability to print wirelessly from said devices #NewStyleIT \u2014 Karate with a Z (@KaratewithaZ) October 16, 2013 @HP_SmallBiz Tablets, social networking, secure connections like VPN gateways, web proxies, etc to stay secure #NewStyleIT \u2014 Marc Uydess (@muydess) October 16, 2013 Q3 Bluetooth enabled accessories & wireless printers #NewStyleIT \u2014 Janis Brett Elspas (@MommyBlogExpert) October 16, 2013 Other Thoughts Here are some other thoughts from our community on the world of mobile tech and how it can transform your business. @HP_SmallBiz Q6 immediate access! We could instantly have paperwork for clients and pictures, etc from restoration jobs #NewStyleIT \u2014 CammiH (@Cammi72) October 16, 2013 A6: it increases productivity, and in the long run it will increase profits. @HP_SmallBiz #NewStyleIT \u2014 Anita Utami (@AnitaUtami) October 16, 2013 What challenges/opportunities does mobile technology offer your business?