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More Mobile, More Performance: Blending the Right Form and Function

26 Apr 2016 by Susie Steckner

If you had a tech wish list for your business, it would probably look something like this:

Nimble. Flexible. Powerful. Productive. Secure. Mobile.

Definitely mobile.

You need to get there. But do you have to sacrifice form for function, or function for form?

The answer is no, of course. In fact, sacrifice isn’t what your tech-savvy workforce wants to hear. In their increasingly mobile worlds, they expect a wide range of function at their fingertips with devices that fit their needs whether at their workstations, meeting with clients or out on the road.

To get the right blend of form and function, you’ve got plenty of considerations: user needs, job responsibilities, mobility requirements and employee preference. The thread through it all is the need to drive productivity as well as meet security concerns.

To meet your needs, you will want to look at the most scalable options available that can enable a broad range of devices — mobile workstations, all-in-ones, laptops, 2-in-1s, tablets and even the smallest Intel Compute Stick.

“Businesses today have a wide range of choices. It can be overwhelming,” says Rich Nockels, Intel business client marketing manager. “They want form factors that meet the needs of their workforce, and those needs differ greatly depending on job function. They also want the best processors designed to meet form factors.”

Reaching your goals

Here’s what to consider to get that tech wish list and meet all your company needs.

1. What do employees need to accomplish?

Job function will largely drive the decision-making process. For instance, power users like graphic designers will have more intensive computing demands, with a need for greater power, larger screen size and more. Field workers will be focused on ease of use, predictability and durability. Sales people on the road may be after a lightweight and durable 2-in-1 with lots of versatility.

2. Where do they need to go?

Understanding employees’ degree of mobility is critical.

Maybe some spend the bulk of their time out of the office or travel frequently. They will want a thin, light and durable notebook, with a long battery life and seamless transition between the airport, hotel room and the office, such as HP’s EliteBook Folio 1020 G1. If other employees are mobile in the office and also out with clients, an ultrabook that is both lightweight and powerful with an all-day battery, such as Lenovo’s ThinkPad T460, might be the best solution.

3. Do they have a preference?

It’s a good bet that employees want some input when it comes to devices, and an increasing number of organizations are supporting the CYOD (Choose Your Own Device) trend. As many as 65% of North American and European users rely on CYOD tablets today.

“It makes sense to provide employees with choice and to engage them in decisions affecting their productivity and contribution,” advises Device Desk. “Engaging employees to choose the tools they need to be productive is also a great chance to promote the policies that govern the appropriate use, security and support of those tools in the workplace.”

4. What new experiences are important?

If your organization is ready to go to the next level? It looks like this: Logging into your computer with your face or having a personal assistant respond to your voice. New 6th Gen Intel Core-based systems can enable these immersive PC experiences at the lowest power levels ever. 

Finding your solution

The right device makes all the difference, says Kelsey Leukam, Insight manager, product marketing, Microsoft Surface and Surface Hub.

Consider the Insight client that relied heavily on air travel for business operations. Many of its employees hopped two flights a day. The sales teams were traveling with two devices: a tablet that lacked the necessary processing power crucial for business applications, and a heavy laptop that was slow to wake and constantly needed to be charged by a heavy charger.

Employees expressed concern about the toll these devices took on their bodies as they dashed through airports. Executive leadership needed a better solution. Intel’s 6th generation processors made the Microsoft Surface a perfect fit. Some of the organization’s frequent travelers took demos out on the road.

“It wasn’t long before the same employees who were concerned about the health of their bodies starting raving about the power, start-up time, sleekness and length of battery life that they were experiencing with the Surface powered by an Intel 6th gen processor,” Leukam says. “The entire organization has since shifted to Microsoft Surface.”

Did you know there are more than 500 million computers in use today that are at least four to five years old?  They are slow to wake, their batteries can’t keep up, and they don’t deliver all the new experiences available today.

Keep your organization in the game. Finding the right blend of form and function is closer than you think.

“6th Gen Intel Core processors deliver some of the most significant advancements in computing that we’ve ever seen,” says Kirk Skaugen, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group. “The combination of 6th Gen Intel Core processors, Windows 10 and beautiful new systems from PC manufacturers make this the best time ever to buy a new computer.”

As an Intel Technology Provider Platinum partner for more than 10 years, Insight has served clients in all industries, delivering massive networking mobility and technical solutions. Learn how to get even more performance out of being mobile by cutting the cords. Contact an Intel specialist for help.