Microsoft's premium Surface devices are a growing presence in enterprise environments. However, the increasing popularity of the Surface family should come as no surprise.
The world of work is changing. Advances in automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence are allowing technology to take control of tasks that were traditionally handled by humans.
By 2020, customers will manage 85% of their relationship with enterprise without any human interaction, according to a forecast from Gartner.
Workplaces are slowly disappearing. In their place we have workspaces. There's a subtle but important difference. Instead of being confined within walls, people are increasingly working in a virtual environment. The digital workspace contains all the tools we need to work effectively but the workspace can exist in an office, a train carriage, an airport or a café. This is the age of anywhere working.
Gartner's most recent survey of CEOs and senior business executives showed that growth remains their number one priority. But as the pathway to growth becomes steeper, the leaders of large enterprise are looking at digital transformation as a driver of improvement.1
The short answer? More users than you think. Today’s technology puts powerful apps, giant databases and huge image files in the hands of individual users right at the desktop. Users across all industries are accessing, editing, manipulating and storing more data—and larger files—than ever before.
You can tell from its list price that a workstation is no ordinary PC. But what do you get in return for that investment? More than you probably realise. Some advantages are obvious (faster processing! higher capacity!) but today’s workstations have even more to offer.
Not all workstations are created equal. What you’ll find under the bonnet varies by make and model. And of course your mileage may vary depending on whether the workstation is configurable—and how many configuration options you can choose from. Here are 10 features you’ll want to look for.
1. Powerful processing
Will the latest Surface Pro from Microsoft oust conventional laptops from the work bags we carry around? That’s the question for on-the-go professionals who need powerful computing capabilities in a dynamic, lightweight and portable package.
Remote working is on the rise. Around 15 per cent of the UK workforce is now working from home, according to the Office for National Statistics.
On top of that, commuters are keen to make use of their travel time by working on the train, and the number of people logging on at coffee shops, hotel lounges and pay-as-you-go office space is rising continually.