Since the massive shift to remote working, the way we define a modern business has fundamentally changed. Nowhere is this more evident than in the relationship between an employee and their technology.
The pandemic forced many companies to become more flexible in their approach to technology and empowering employees, in some cases beyond what might have been comfortable. Whether it was rolling out a patchwork of inappropriate laptop types, deploying makeshift IT support, or simply coping with the reality that most teams were now outside the corporate firewall, the urgent need to equip employees with the right hardware and so secure that businesses were inevitably pushed to their limits.
This disruptive short-term arrangement has evolved into what could be considered a new era of work, an era where the use of technology is dictated by the employee rather than the company. This bottom-up approach gives employees a greater sense of control over the technology they use. Not only do they want a device that allows them to become a more productive, more collaborative worker, but also a device designed to make their jobs easier. After all, a front-line store clerk will have completely different needs than an office salesperson, and assigning both the same type of hardware would be tantamount to ignoring their specific requirements.
This rebalanced relationship with technology has become critical to measuring overall employee satisfaction. Recent research, sponsored by Lenovo and Intel, revealed that most employees (77%) now view PCs and laptops as critical to their day-to-day work and collaboration with colleagues. The survey also found that, following a greater emphasis on tailoring technology to user needs, a majority of ITDMs (60%) reported a greater than 10% increase in employee experience scores.
Hardware fit for a new era
Obviously, when an employee is given a device that is reliable, powerful enough for business software, and designed to meet their needs, the overall wellbeing of the employees improves.
Adapting this approach can be a challenging adaptation for businesses, and it can be difficult to know where to start. Each employee will use their device differently; some will use advanced creative software suites or run large databases, while others will primarily use word processing apps and browsers. Some require laptops that are ultra-light and small enough to fit in a bag or use on an airplane tray, while others require a wide selection of ports and utilities such as bluetooth and network connectivity.
Once you start to profile your employees and understand how they like to use their machines, you’ll find that a single laptop type just isn’t enough. Fortunately, hardware vendors are starting to lead the way in this area.
Lenovo has partnered with Intel to create a fleet of business laptops that provide tailor-made solutions for various employee archetypes. Featuring Intel vPro®, An Intel® Evo™ Design, these laptops offer blazing-fast performance, smooth multitasking, seamless use of business applications and a wide range of accessories that can be customized to meet the needs of different teams in an organization.
The confidence to work anywhere
Lenovo’s X Series is the smallest line of laptops, built for a workforce that is constantly on the move and may need to get up and running as quickly as possible.
For all employees who spend more time traveling than a desk, the ThinkPad X13 Yoga Gen 3 is the right choice. The 13.3-inch 2-in-1 wonder proves that smaller laptops no longer have to compromise on performance or usability, with blistering speeds, over 12 hours of battery life, fast charging and support for the latest network technology. That longevity is particularly critical, as it gives much-needed confidence to those workers who don’t have regular access to a power source. The 2-in-1 form factor also means a tablet mode is available if needed, which is especially useful for workers who prefer to take notes with a stylus.
That said, if an employee generally prefers tablets over laptops, the ThinkPad X12 Detachable is the perfect package of laptop performance in a tablet form factor. Weighing in at 12.3 inches and only 840 grams without a keyboard, the X12 is designed to be that little bit easier to carry around, while also converting into a traditional laptop when needed.
Power at your fingertips
Not every employee puts flexibility above all else, especially when they spend most of their time working at a desk, at home or in the office. In these cases, having a smaller screen isn’t as important and they are less likely to need features like 2-in-1 functionality. When it comes to resource-intensive tasks, such as data analysis or computer-aided design, peak performance is much more important.
Lenovo’s P Series, featuring Intel vPro®, An Intel® Evo™ Design, is the company’s most powerful series, delivering the unbeatable performance of a business-class workstation, while still offering the portability of a laptop. These machines are built using the very latest technology, designed to handle anything an employee can throw at them. Each is ISV certified across all major software suites – meaning they are designed from the ground up to more than meet the needs of a wide variety of applications.
P-series laptops are particularly suitable for those in the creative industry, be it video production or graphic design. These kinds of users prefer to sacrifice portability in favor of pure graphics power, so the P Series instead features displays up to 17 inches, a choice of high-quality graphics options, and a host of additional utilities such as touchscreens and numeric keypads.
Lenovo’s X and P series laptops represent two extremes in terms of agility and performance respectively. It is likely that many employees in your organization fall somewhere between the two and therefore require a degree of versatility in their machines.
Lenovo’s T-series represents this middle ground, a flagship series that is the result of 25 years of design innovation. It combines a host of productivity-rich features suitable for most everyday tasks. This includes excellent utility in the form of USB-C Thunderbolt® ports, side docking options that let you quickly connect external speakers or monitors, and the longest battery life of the bunch. The T Series also features one of the widest selections of laptops, each configured slightly differently to meet the additional needs of a diverse workforce. For example, those engaged in more creative tasks might be better suited to the ThinkPad T15g Gen 2, which has a slightly larger-than-average 15-inch display, as well as a variety of graphical tools to customize the display. Likewise, those who prefer a little extra portability will feel right at home with the ThinkPad T14s Gen 3, which is not only one of the lightest in the range at 1.2kg, but also supports 5G connectivity.
Simply put, the T Series is probably the best option for most workers.
Businesses no longer have to compromise
As mentioned, each Lenovo series is supported by the Intel vPro®, An Intel® Evo™ Design platform, which helps create a combination of peak performance and design flexibility in any laptop.
But perhaps the most important part of this platform, at least from a business perspective, is Intel®’s Active Management Technology. This tool addresses one of the biggest challenges many companies face when trying to revise their device policies, which is the effort to keep track of what’s being rolled out.
Traditionally, companies have tended to limit the variety of devices deployed to employees, mainly because it makes it easier to provide centralized technical support, but also because it keeps things simple from a security perspective. This makes sense from a business standpoint, but it comes at the expense of the employee experience.
Intel®’s Active Management Technology redefines this approach, allowing a business to monitor any laptop on Intel vPro®, an Intel® Evo™ Design from a central location, and provide IT teams with a way to seamlessly diagnose, update, and manage any laptop. to repair. device.
Businesses no longer have to choose between reducing operating costs or improving the employee experience – the Intel vPro®, An Intel® Evo™ Design platform has created a world where both are one in the same.
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