As we and many others have stated many times in the past, the time when offices consisted of little else but lines of cubicles each equipped with a beyond-bulky desktop computer are long gone, and in their place the flexible working environment has risen. The modern workforce demands more freedom regarding how, when and where they work, and with such increased flexibility comes a need for more variety in the devices made available so as to allow workers to best adapt to the task at hand, and their current setting.

IT Pro asserts that “the key is to look at the strengths of different platforms and devices, and decide what will work best for different groups of workers or specific needs”. So, let’s do just that.

Laptops

We begin with the staple device of many modern professionals – the laptop. Favoured for their affordability, reliability, and variety, laptops are available in a range of sizes and specifications which allows you to tailor your choice of device to the requirements of specific employees or roles.

While the ease of portability will be reduced if you opt for a larger screen size or particularly high-performance model, their aforementioned traits coupled with their compatibility with external monitors and other peripherals make them a valuable tool for any business.

Mobile Devices

The professional-on-the-go will find they often rely on their smartphone for many tasks throughout the day. This extends beyond the obvious uses of communication and calendar management; as these devices have become increasingly capable the uses we find for them have expanded in unison.

For more in-depth tasks while on the move or even just to allow an employee to continue with the job at hand while moving to a different area within the office, tablets still find their place in the modern working environment; although they are being seen less and less as other more capable devices come to the forefront.

Convertible Tablet-PCs

On the note of more capable devices, and likely a major contributor to the tablet’s seemingly inevitable demise, convertible tablet-PCs attempt to take the best features of both tablets and laptops and combine them to create the perfect middle-ground between the two. Although generally more expensive than a standard tablet these 2-in-1 devices are capable of everything the former can achieve, and a whole lot more.

The option of detachable keyboards and the choice of traditional or touch and pen-driven interfaces, as well as the devices’ long battery life and ease of portability, make tablet-PCs an ideal solution for both professionals on the road and offices operating hot-desking or agile working practices.

Desktop Computers

With all the praise heaped upon the desktop computer’s more modern cousins, it can be all too tempting to think that you can simply ditch the idea of dedicated workstations and the more-traditional computer setup altogether, but these devices still hold value even in a flexible office environment.

For some industries the option of a desktop computer can be more essential than others; for example those working in software development, design, and the scientific and financial industries will be able to perform much better if given access to the most powerful multi-core processors, GPUs and bigger screens, which only a desktop setup can provide.

As said in the opening of this article however the days of cubicles and bulky desktops are long gone; the modern desktop computer, as I’m sure you’re aware, is decidedly more-compact without sacrificing on performance.

Of course as technological devices and the use of cloud-based software and interconnected networks becomes increasingly prevalent in the office so too does the chance of external security threats, so be sure to consider issues of cyber security when installing/handing out devices.


Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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