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Managing the workplace of the future

As companies try to adapt to changing working behaviours – most notably the rise of mobile and flexible working – they need to ensure their hardware meets the increased demands this brings in terms of connectivity, mobility and security. With this in mind, devices such as laptops and 2-in-1s generally still serve as the starting-point for IT strategies within the business environment. A suitably portable and powerful device can act as the gateway employees need to access the data and apps, which are so important to mobile working. Hardware powered by the latest 7th gen Intel® Core™ processor is particularly capable of meeting these demands.

Portability and power aren’t the only considerations for IT managers – equally crucial criteria are cost, security, and reliability. Business-built laptops should offer organisations this winning combination of mobility and productivity within a single device, delivering a significant competitive edge over consumer laptops which may lack the tools needed within what is an increasingly demanding environment.

Meanwhile, the scope of the devices themselves also continues to evolve, and gives organisations something more to think about as they look to take advantage of the fast pace of technological innovation within the professional landscape. The rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) – and its touted impact on businesses and consumer alike – has arguably been the dominant topic of conversation over the past couple of years, and we are now beginning to witness this impact become a reality as various industries adapt to some of these eye-catching solutions.

One such example is the rise of M2M solutions – devices connecting, communicating, and working directly with one another – which brings significant potential to broaden business operations and bring about different ways of working to boost efficiency while on the move. Connected peripherals such as glasses are already drawing interest – and in use – in industries such as oil and engineering, where their hands-free capabilities offer safety and productivity advantages to workers. As IoT continues to develop, so will opportunities open up across other verticals – after all, Gartner predicts that 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2017, rising to over 20 million by 2020. This is the direction the workplace of the future will head towards, and IT managers need to ensure they are well-placed to embrace this trend and the subsequent capabilities and improved workflows it will enable.

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