The shift to anytime-anywhere work has been gaining momentum for years, but grew exponentially in 2020 as COVID-19 made remote work the new normal. While the pandemic itself may be slowing down, the way we work and collaborate has undoubtedly changed forever.
With this in mind, organisations must make a conscious effort to facilitate our dispersed workforce’s need for mobility and encourage collaboration regardless of location. Putting the right devices in the right hands will be key to driving employee productivity and innovation.
But what do those devices look like? First, let’s look at some of key considerations in supporting a modern, dispersed workforce.
Enabling secure collaboration, no matter where employees are
With organisations facing the need to support more remote employees, there are several critical factors to consider in keeping teams working together effectively:
Access to the right tools
Videoconferencing, chat and cloud-based document-sharing are all essential for keep dispersed teams connected. Employees need to have access to the right apps (and be given the right permissions) to enable productivity. Managed devices also require the right policies for Wi-Fi, virtual private access (VPN) access and network certificates.
Robust security and encryption capabilities
With information-sharing happening across many devices and locations, security is a crucial consideration. Any devices employees use for work, including smartphones and other mobile devices, should be properly encrypted and secured using company certified security and antivirus software.
Up-to-date access policies
Existing context-dependent access policies (such as only letting certain employees access work email or documents outside of the office network) need to be revisited so that employees can use the devices, apps and tools they need when working remotely.
Finding the right devices for dispersed workers
To drive communication across remote teams and enable collaborative project execution, selecting the right devices is critical. These are some of the major players we recommend:
HP Elite family
HP’s Elite Family boasts the performance and portability to foster powerful multi-tasking and on-the-go productivity. Billed as “the world’s most secure and manageable PCs”, HP Elite devices are purpose-built for safe collaboration with security features such as HP Sure Start Gen self-healing BIOS, an HP Sure View integrated privacy screen and a variety of biometric security features.
Microsoft Surface family
Microsoft Surface devices deliver remote working solutions with thoughtful features designed to bring dispersed workers together. Studio mics, Dolby Audio and HD cameras bring meetings to life in secure calls with Microsoft Teams, while employees can collaborate in purpose-designed apps like Microsoft Whiteboard. Security is also assured with zero-touch deployment and one-click device management.
Dell Latitude family
Dell Latitude laptops enable all-day productivity with secure and manageable features. These versatile models are designed for remote workers who want premium materials and remote management and deployment capabilities all consolidated into a compact, durable system. Additionally, industry-leading battery life make these laptops perfect for working anywhere.
Lenovo ThinkPad family
Combining innovative technology with personalised features, Lenovo’s ThinkPad offering makes collaboration more productive and more enjoyable with smart devices that enable greater efficiency. Flexible across platforms and room sizes, ThinkPad devices are enabled with ThinkShield, Lenovo’s industry-leading suite of security solutions, to keep data safe. This laptop family also comes with various options, including a solid-state drive for faster access time and lower power consumption while on the go.
If you need advice on choosing the right collaboration solutions for your employees, get in touch with our team at Landmark Computers – Melbourne’s most trusted IT store since 1994.