With hybrid and remote work scenarios expected to dominate the corporate landscape for the foreseeable future, computers have become not only essential tools for getting work done, but also lifelines for communicating with colleagues and customers. That’s why workplace PCs must be selected to balance the user experience with IT’s mandate to secure and control its technology assets.
How To Evaluate Your Company’s PC Purchases
The process of buying and managing PCs becomes more complex every day. As organizations transform themselves around digital technologies, choosing reliable, secure, and high-performance PCs will be a critical function of IT organizations.
42% of employees say that the quality of the digital workplace influences their willingness to recommend their organization to job seekers.
Ransomware attacks increased threefold in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the first quarter.
By 2022, 70% of organizations that do not have a firmware upgrade plan in place will be breached due to a firmware vulnerability.
The unified endpoint management market is expected to grow more than 32% annually to nearly $24 billion by 2027. Investments are being fueled by the bring-your-own-device trend, the internet of things, and, more recently, the work-from-home.
Laptop PC sales now outpace desktops by nearly a two-to-one margin, and sales of portable computers will surge to 225 million units in 2021, up more than 60% from four years ago.
Data centers already consume 1% of the world’s electricity, and 5G is expected to gobble up 3.5 times as much electricity as 4G.
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In this CIO buyer’s guide commissioned by Intel, learn about industry trends that impact the security of devices, reducing your management costs, and other essential considerations when purchasing PCs for your company.
4 Key Takeaways
Use accurate benchmarks. Look for performance measurements that are relevant and address specific needs. For example, the SYSmark benchmark approximates a business/productivity workload on a system, while SPECint and SPECfp focus on the computational performance of the processor.
Optimizing performance. Look for native support for the AV1 video coding format, which eliminates the need for an outboard video processor, thereby dramatically speeding up video encoding and decoding, helping improve battery life and lower heat generation.
Prepare ahead of time. When purchasing PCs for a large organization, look for guarantees that product configurations will be frozen for a fixed period and that any changes — no matter how small — will be communicated in advance.
Going green. If sustainability is a concern for your organization, look for companies that are part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership. The Global Electronics Council’s EPEAT Registry also scores individual products according to their sustainability performance.
The majority of ransomware attacks no longer originate with phishing emails but come after attackers have already penetrated the network … [to determine] how to do the most damage.
An ad hoc provisioning and maintenance process creates risks that unexpected driver variations may be encountered or that PCs aren’t equipped with the latest patches and software updates.