Get The Compelling Case for Touch-enabled Notebooks Now, sponsored by Lenovo and Microsoft, a complimentary white paper that looks at the emerging trend of touch in the enterprise and why organizations will be best served by deploying multi-mode notebooks to support touch-enabled enterprise applications coming in the next 12 months.
In the last three years, more has changed in end user computing than in 10 years prior. New devices, the introduction of touch screen interfaces, development of new applications and thousands of innovative ways to interact with applications have completely changed the game. The majority of the changes have been driven by end users and a consumer focus on usability. This creates unique opportunities for IT to catch up to users and move to new types of hardware, software and communication solutions to realize dramatic improvements in productivity.
Users Have Changed The Way They Do Business
One change visible to the end user is a movement away from standard notebook style computers, essentially unchanged since their introduction, to a new generation of systems that have much more in common with today’s popular consumer devices. The driver of this change is an evolution in the mode of use. End users have moved from using computers to simply create new information or content, to using them to create and consume information and collaborate with others.
Mind The Gap
If your users need outside tools to get the job done, outside tools will be accessing your network and all the challenges of securing information are magnified.
This change in usage has created a gap between the corporate notebook and consumer products that are infiltrating work environments in "bring your own device" (BYOD) workplaces. It has become critical for the next generation of corporate devices to close this gap and work interdependently with the new class of consumer tools.
There’s An App For That
Forget "programs," users are being conditioned to expect “apps” as the default interface and enterprise applications are following suit to provide access in new ways.
Fundamental changes in applications and the way they are used have left the standard corporate notebook, and other devices, firmly in the past. Coupled with “always on” connectivity, end users now supplement their traditional Microsoft Office-focused work with all kinds of new applications and activities, both personal and professional. As a result, the standard enterprise notebook is of more limited use and its lack of a touch interface is just the starting point.