Desktop sales are falling, and sales of laptops and hybrid devices are increasing. In the workplace, it used to be that everyone used a desktop and only a few had laptops, but there has been a massive transition in working practices, and agile working is changing our technology needs.
As part of a robust lifecycle management programme, it is our job to assess the best devices to use for each job. Just because staff have been using desktops, it does not mean the same kind of device is the best suited any more. It is at this point that an assessment of the best hardware needs to be undertaken to ensure your staff and fee earners are maximising the use of technology in order to be as productive and efficient as possible.
There are staff that always need to be at their desk, so a desktop is the best setup for them. Others are on the go all the time, and a laptop is clearly the most obvious solution. Alternatively, employees might need the best of both worlds, but providing them with both a desktop and a laptop is not necessarily a cost-effective solution – this situation could be solved with the installation of a docking station.
Choosing the technology to suit the task
The choices continue with working out the right spec needed for the tasks undertaken. With the wider world of work changing on a constant basis, it may well be that the needs of the job are different, so the technology needs to change too. Some staff members will need higher spec hardware, but installing bigger hard drives and increasing the RAM will increase the investment, so is it justified?
There can be a disparity between what individual staff members think they need and what they actually need, which is why it is important to make a detailed assessment before investing in new technology. This will ensure not only that they are given the right tools for their job but also that you are not paying for unnecessary devices.
If it is too early to replace your hardware, the installation of solid-state drives (SSDs) can help improve your computers’ performance for less than the cost of new hardware.
The benefits are many, including increased processing speeds that are up to 15 times faster than conventional hard drives, as well as giving laptops twice the battery life thanks to their energy efficiency. SSDs do not have small moving parts which makes them much more durable than a hard drive and more likely to survive the wear and tear of life on the move.
Installing SSDs in your company’s servers and desktops will also make them more powerful, benefiting everyone with faster speeds, better security and increased data storage.