Today’s business world is in the midst of a massive transition, with 78 percent of small businesses projected to have fully adopted cloud computing by 2020. To be sure, cloud technology has changed the way we approach business challenges, leading to new opportunities for scalability, cost efficiency and innovation.

The question is, how do you make the most of this opportunity? As your business grows and moves its operations to the cloud, you need the right device strategy to match — so what factors should you consider?

Hardware Challenges

Start planning your solution by answering these questions:

  1. How do you overcome the costs associated with legacy technology? While the initial purchase price of the device is one factor, you must also consider ongoing costs associated with maintenance, upgrades and the opportunity cost of sunk IT time.
  2. How do you keep devices secure for the long run? Does your business have the in-house expertise to proactively address cyberattacks or deal with the complexities of keeping a whole device fleet up-to-date?
  3. How do you scale successfully and focus time on driving innovation? As your business grows, so will your device fleet — so how do you focus on driving business value that is at the top of the “digital iceberg” and less on managing outdated systems and processes that lie beneath the surface?

Chromebooks: A New Type of Computer

If you aren’t familiar with them, Chromebooks, as part of the broader Google Cloud portfolio that includes G Suite and Google Cloud Platform, are efficient and secure access points that were designed and built with the cloud-connected world in mind.

Whether your teams are in the office, out in the field or working in shifts, Chromebooks can provide a secure, easy-to-manage solution for these “cloud workers,” providing fast access to their day-to-day business tools. And, with the addition of a Chrome Enterprise license, each additional device is just as easy to deploy as the last — and control at scale.

So, how exactly do Chromebooks meet the hardware challenges listed earlier? By presenting a new way to think about hardware, just as the cloud has given us a new way to think about operations.

Chromebooks can deliver immense value through low ongoing TCO. With regular automatic updates and lack of installation or upgrade cycles, maintenance costs and IT time spent dealing with device issues are kept to a minimum.

Likewise, these automatic updates mean that there is no such thing as an “out of date” Chromebook. Combined with verified boot, sandboxing and other protections inherent to every device, Chromebooks allow you to maintain and proactively manage threats to your business.

Chromebooks provide your business with an incredibly versatile and flexible solution. With more than 10 hours of battery life, the ability to run mobile applications from Google Play and offline access to G Suite, Chromebooks are a great fit for road warriors or remote teams — and cloud-based profiles mean workers can pick up any device, log in and get right back to work wherever they left off.

And with Chrome Enterprise, you get the central controls you need to easily deploy new devices, manage user applications, receive data on device security and health, and provide remote support, giving you more time to focus on driving better customer engagement, innovating on your operations or doubling down on analytics — whatever is strategically important to your business.

Learn more about Chromebooks and Chrome OS for your business.

 

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