Looking to equip your mobile workforce with new ultra-mobile devices?
With every new generation, ultra-mobile devices are getting lighter and more powerful. To add to that, the arrival of new standards like USB Type-C and Thunderbolt promises to revolutionize connectivity (while rendering your existing peripherals obsolete). In these changing times, with a multitude of options at one’s disposal, how do you actually choose the right device for your enterprise?
What does a mobile device need, regardless of its form factor? True mobility calls for a day-long battery life and an ultra-lightweight design. Design and ergonomics are important if a device is going to be carried around and used during the day and while travelling. For productivity, look for full-sized keyboard options. An anti-glare full HD display is essential for working just about anywhere – even in bright outdoor spaces. To keep up with the demands of video conferencing and online collaboration platforms such as Slack or Trello, you’ll need a full complement of connectivity options such as Wi-Fi, built-in LAN for the office, 4G/LTE and Bluetooth.
Performance and Security
Fast SSD drives mean faster boot times, quick application starts, and better performance for more productivity and less frustration when jumping between tasks. Mobile devices are more prone to loss or theft, and also more exposed to the potential risk of man-in-the-middle attacks on open public Wi-Fi networks. You’ll need both innovative hardware and solid software security features to protect your device and your organization’s data from unauthorised access.
How do you manage device obsolescence or very short product refresh cycles? For many manufacturers, this is a key aspect of their business model – but it shouldn’t be part of yours. Continuity is key: Look for a manufacturer that offers long product lifecycles – more than 12 months – and a guaranteed stable system roadmap that is consistent across generations, for better device compatibility and servicing over time. Can the battery be replaced? Look for business notebooks with user-changeable batteries and access to memory and storage to prolong their lifespan and make serviceability a lot easier.
Choose devices that can share accessories and peripherals. All devices from the manufacturer should share a “family concept”, providing a universal docking solution. This allows devices to be quickly integrated into a common infrastructure and creates a consistent working environment over several generations of devices. Not only does this reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), but it also results in a “flat” team hierarchy where everybody feels equally well equipped to do their jobs.
Docking solutions within the family concept should also support traditional interfaces in addition to new ones such as USB Type-C, which is not yet available everywhere. While this may become the future standard, you’ll want to continue using existing peripherals until they need replacing and not before.
What about the device itself? Whether you choose a tablet, an ultra-lightweight business notebook, or a 2 in 1 tablet will completely depend on its usage scenario. Consult our free eBook to guide you through the options and an insight into the FUJITSU family concept for long term TCO savings.
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