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Go Mobile: Get Your Organization Moving With These 5 Devices

19 May 2016 by Susie Steckner

One look around your office, and it’s easy to see the undeniable trend.

Ultrabooks, Laptops, 2-in-1s: Today’s workforce is more mobile than ever.

In fact, the global mobile workforce is predicted to increase to 1.75 billion by 2020, accounting for 42% of the total global workforce.

Organizations have their pick of devices to meet employee and business needs.

Sleek devices are available in a range of styles from clamshell, convertible and detachable to touch-screen styles. They stand up to employee check lists: ease of use, durability, exceptional battery life, lightweight, business-class performance and more. Just as important, they offer wireless tech, such as wireless docking allowing employees to get up and running faster.

Of course, the biggest payoff for organizations is efficiency and a boost in productivity. Six in 10 employees (60%) said mobile technology makes them more productive. That’s according to a new global study, “Mobility, Performance and Engagement” by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and sponsored by Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company.

Among the benefits of going mobile:

· Being able to work anytime, anywhere

· The ability to collaborate

· Access to mobile information

· Workplace freedom

The booming growth in our mobile and remote workforce is propelling organizations to support a broad range of mobile priorities as part of their overall corporate mobility strategy, according to Cisco. A top priority for many enterprises? Broadening the range of connected mobile devices. As many as 47% of firms are expanding the breadth or depth of connected-device support for employees.

But pairing the right device with the right employee isn’t always easy. Job function, degree of mobility and employee preference are all important factors in the decision-making process.

A no-wires workplace is no doubt important to your organization. Will the devices you choose enable employees to take advantage of wireless docking and wireless display?

You will also want to match the appropriate processor with the right need. For the road warrior who is always on the go but accesses everyday apps, a sleek and lightweight 2-in-1, powered by Intel Core M vPro, might be best. For the desk worker who needs a large display and also some mobility, the solution could be a high-performing laptop with Intel Core i5 vPro or Core i7 vPro.

Here are five devices to consider — all powered by Intel’s 6th Gen Core vPro processors — that can help your organization maximize going mobile.

1. Multiple modes — Lenovo’s ThinkPad Yoga 260, a 2-in-1 laptop, offers a lightweight design and a business-ready 12.5” HD or FHD display. Users can rotate this workhorse a full 360 degrees, allowing them to work in laptop, tent, stand and tablet modes.

2. Travel time — HP’s EliteBook 1020 G1 easily moves from field to office, thanks to its ultra-slim, lightweight design. Remote collaboration with colleagues gets a boost with features like an HD web cam, immersive DTS Studio Sound with stereo speakers, dual-array microphone and HP Noise Reduction Software.

3. Double duty — Microsoft’s sleek Surface Pro 4 is billed as the tablet that can replace your laptop. The mobile workstation, featuring a Surface pen for easy note taking, allows you to quickly move positions to meet myriad business needs.

4. Durability — Lenovo’s Thinkpad T460 ultrabook combines a durable chassis with a comfortable typing experience, plus up to 18 hours of battery life to get the job done.

5. Flexibility — Design and performance come together with the HP Elite x2 1012. This thin 2-in-1 boasts a sturdy kickstand, allowing the user the flexibility to shift into notebook, display and draw modes.

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 while cutting the cords in our first two articles in this three-part series. Contact an Intel specialist for help.