The workplace is changing dramatically. For decades, work was a place to go every morning and come home from every evening, but those days are over. Now, we’re seeing an environment in which work is what you do, and workers want to be able to remain productive no matter where they are or what time it is.
Research indicates that 60 percent of people do some work after hours, and two-thirds do some work from home. Millennials are even more extreme. They want maximum workplace flexibility, and they demand technology that can support this goal. Further studies show that for millennials, technology is considered a differentiator and job perk. Indeed, 42 percent of millennials say they would quit a job over poor technology, and 82 percent say technology influences the job they take.
In years past, IT departments issued technology to users, who asked few questions and made few demands. However, personal technology has changed this dynamic, driving higher expectations among users and placing greater demands on IT teams. For organizations looking to hire and retain talented employees, providing users with the right technology is essential to success.
What Users Want
To meet the needs of the new workplace, modern users demand tools that are powerful, flexible and portable. As senior brand manager for Dell products with CDW, I’ve seen how Dell’s Latitude line of notebooks and Optiplex line of desktops meet these demands.
Both Latitude and Optiplex machines feature Intel processors, including new 8th Gen Intel Quad Core CPUs, that deliver the power and performance users need to get their jobs done. Whether users are videoconferencing with colleagues across the globe or sharing documents on a whiteboard, these computers support collaboration use cases.
Latitude notebooks also deliver the flexibility users need. They can go just about anywhere to help users remain productive. They even come in convertible models that allow users to choose among multiple work configurations, including laptop, tablet, stand and tent modes. Optiplex desktops also come in a variety of form factors, enabling them to fit into any office environment, including open offices and hoteling setups that are becoming popular.
Portability is another of the Latitude line’s most attractive features. Users don’t want to be weighed down as they make their way to a meeting or they’re on a flight across the country. An ultra-thin, ultra-light computer can reduce the burden on remote users. A battery life of up to 19 hours also makes this line well-suited to working on the go.
What IT Teams Want
The IT teams that support modern workers also will find plenty to like in Latitude and Optiplex machines.
Security is one of the key concerns for every IT department. Dell computers offer a total security solution in the box. This includes the Dell Data Protection Suite, a fingerprint and smart card reader, and Dell ControlVault, which isolates secure operations from the operating system and hard drive. The machines also are secured by FIPS TPM 2.0, which provides physical security mechanisms to make them tamper resistant, even against malware.
IT professionals also want to be able to manage their enterprise tools effectively. Dell Command Suite, which is installed for free on Dell computers, supports this goal by automating routine operations. This capability streamlines deployment, monitoring and updating, reducing the burden on IT staff while optimizing performance and reliability for users.
To meet users’ demands for more flexible, mobile and powerful computing, IT departments must deliver machines designed for the modern workplace, Dell’s Optiplex and Latitude computers fit the bill.
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