- Common platform capabilities take the pain out of managing a multitude of devices. Centralized management is made possible with one tool and a common image, dramatically reducing the time and resources required to deploy and manage the workforce's devices; enabling IT to provide functionality in a much more efficient and cost effective manner.
- Desktop virtualization is rapidly becoming the mainstream way to power the next generation workforce, who are increasingly mobile and expect to be able to work from wherever they are in a productive, secure and hassle-free way. Thin client solutions offer seamless connectivity and flexibility for employees, while remaining secure and manageable for the IT team. Even better, devices should be designed with built-in technologies like desktop virtualization to help with device management in an increasingly heterogenous world.
- Security is more important than ever and, with the average cost of a data breach at $4 million, the need for an integrated and comprehensive data protection solution is clear. With the device landscape continually growing and evolving, CIOs need to ensure that their chosen security solution is able to encompass the multitude of devices -- and that devices are designed with security in mind. For example, factory integrated endpoint encryption can offer a flexible, manageable and auditable solution, enabling organizations to protect data on laptops and desktops as well as external media.
Balancing employee wants with business needs
The consumerization of IT is clearly driving a change in professional expectations and what IT must do to deliver on those requirements. A recent Unisys study indicated that a large percentage of workers ranked technology tools as a critical factor in choosing an employer, and in turn, the way vendors approach the design of commercial products. For CIOs and IT professionals, finding the design balance between employee choice and expectations, and the practical solutions for management can be challenging. Forward thinking vendors are responding by keeping the modern workplace in mind and developing business computing products designed to facilitate productivity, simplify management and be aesthetically pleasing to the workforce.
Paul D'arcy is Executive Director for Dell's Public & Large Enterprise business.