At a time of so much uncertainty, it’s critical that your business is as resilient as possible so that you can quickly adapt to overcome business disruptions and maintain continuous operations. Leveraging technology is a powerful strategy that can help you to adapt and thrive, even when the unexpected happens. Below are some of our top tips for improving business resilience for your device fleet.
Work anywhere with laptops and workstations
As we’ve seen over the past year, people need to be able to work productively from anywhere at a moment’s notice. Empower your team to work wherever they want with powerful devices that are tailored to their needs—such as our range of HP devices powered by the latest Intel® Core™ Processors. At The Laptop Company, we can set up custom configurations, including specialist software and security so that any user type is instantly set up to do their job properly from anywhere.
Collaboration and communication
Communication is key for resilience. Giving your team the ability to instantly communicate and collaborate with the right software and devices helps your business boost agility. We can equip your business with leading software such as Microsoft Teams to promote discussion, collaboration, and productive teamwork no matter where your staff are located. With Elitebook x360 2-in-1 laptops with Pen and Touch screens, you can even enable your users to draw, brainstorm, and comment in shared spaces like the virtual Microsoft Whiteboard.
Manage device performance
Keep devices secure and up to date wherever they are with ongoing management and maintenance. At The Laptop Company, we can take care of this for you to ensure your devices are always secure and performing optimally. And if something does go wrong, our experts are here to help you get things back on track straight away.
Protect your data and IP with simplified management
Make your business more resilient with an endpoint security solution that manages all your organisation’s devices and user environments in the one place. The Laptop Company can help you implement a centralised in-house security solution using HP Security Solutions to help control software, apps, device settings, and security permissions for every device in your fleet. We can also take the burden off your hands completely to free up your IT team with our end-to-end device management solution.
It’s no longer enough to just have the hardware in place. In today’s digital age, you need to have a tailored setup that meets your needs and requirements, while helping your team to be more agile. Keep your business running smoothly, even when the unexpected happens with a strategic device fleet.
Want to learn more about leveraging technology to make your business more resilient? Get in touch with our experts today.
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Did you know that you can achieve performance and cost-efficiency goals with your device fleet while also doing good for the world? Our HP Device as a Service and fleet solutions are designed to provide product stewardship including diverting useful devices from landfills by repairing instead of replacing, re-homing the devices you no longer need and recycling as much as possible. Below, we give you a behind-the-scenes look at how we help businesses achieve broader outcomes with their device fleet.
The warranty on your devices might not last as long as their design-life. Outside of warranty, repairs can be prohibitively expensive, with parts often costing more than new devices. This applies to user-damage caused to devices that isn’t covered by the warranty too. That doesn’t mean it’s time to throw them away.
As part of our Renew solution for fleet owners, we use high-quality repair facilities to help prevent devices from entering landfills before their time is up. To put that into perspective, we’re helping save around 150kg of carbon (plus manufacturing waste) for each device we repair instead of replacing them with a new device. On top of saving the environment, this can also help your organisation save big on unnecessary costs.
As part of our Renew program, we can take broken and mothballed devices from your fleet--with parts that still have plenty of life left--and break them down to create your own spare parts pool. These can then be used to fix other devices in your fleet, instead of paying for replacement parts at market rates. That means less cost for you and less waste going to landfill. We’d say that’s a pretty good win-win scenario, wouldn’t you? We can also create a pool of spare HotSwap devices from these parts, ready to dispatch directly to users who have broken or faulty devices without any delay.
Re-homing your old devices
When you upgrade your fleet, chances are you’ll end up with devices that are still in good working condition but are no longer useful to you. We’ve got an answer for that too. We can securely wipe, repair and re-condition corporate devices then give them a second life through New Zealand-based groups and charitable organisations in need. That means better quality devices, with better environmental standards going to users in need, instead of more disposable devices. By doing this, we can help close the digital divide while diverting good quality technology from the landfill. At the end of their second life, each device is recycled by our New Zealand-based recycling partner.
When the time does come for your devices to be disposed of, we can make sure they’re recovered and recycled by a New Zealand-based ISO14001 accredited provider. Why? Making sure your devices are properly disposed of reduces the amount of hazardous material going into landfill and will also make sure certain materials are recycled where possible.
Guess where all that polystyrene packaging from electronics and consumer goods is going? Straight into landfill. Often taking up more space than the products themselves, polystyrene generally isn’t recyclable in New Zealand. At The Laptop Company, we’re advocating for a reduction in packaging that isn’t recyclable in New Zealand and we’re working hard to give you better packaging options.
For example, the latest HP EliteDisplay monitors and EliteBook laptops powered by Intel® Core™ processors are now using more eco-friendly materials in the packaging. They’re delivered in uncoated recyclable cardboard that incorporates recycled natural fibres and zero polystyrene. On top of this, we’re also offering optional packaging collection for delivery to recycling facilities for teams who are ordering devices in volume quantities.
Bulk –packaged devices minimise packaging
Another tip worth mentioning is that fleet owners can reduce packaging volume by ordering bulk-packaged devices. Instead of using individual shipping cartons for each device, we can source bulk packed cartons that use less material and take up less space. That means it reduces packaging waste while also reducing the amount of space taken up by each device in transit from the factory which reduces transport emissions. For more information about our bulk-packaged devices, get in touch with your account manager and they’ll be happy to talk you through it.
Establish sustainable IT practices
Last but not least, we also help businesses incorporate sustainable practices across their IT landscape with measures that are designed to save energy, waste and emissions. For example, power usage can be a major contributor to an organisation’s emissions during high demand periods. By optimising your device fleet and tracking usage, you can save on power and help reduce these emissions. As part of our DaaS solution we can monitor usage to address unnecessary power consumption by your user devices. We’ve also been helping teams switching from high energy-consuming devices, including desktop computers and workstations, to more efficient laptops and mobile workstation devices such as HP Elitebook enterprise-class laptops and HP ZBook Firefly workstations powered by Intel® Core™ processors. These consume a fraction of the electricity while providing substantial performance and portability for use anywhere.
Achieve better outcomes for your business and the world with a responsible device fleet setup. With our DaaS and fleet solutions, you can help reduce emissions and hazardous waste, give useful devices to those who couldn’t afford it otherwise and reduce ewaste dumping in developing nations. The best part is that you can do all of this while getting the most life out of your fleet and saving costs. Want to know more? Get in touch with our team today to find out more.
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There are plenty of reasons you might want to get more life out of your device fleet. Whether you're saving money, trying to be more sustainable or waiting for new devices due to IT equipment supply shortages, we’ve got a few tips and tricks you can use to make your device fleet go further.
Before we discuss strategies for extending the life of your current fleet, let’s start at the beginning. By analysing business and user requirements, and choosing devices that tick all the boxes, you’ll reduce the chances of needing to upgrade down the track. As well as helping organisations find the right technology for their unique needs, we partner with world-class vendors such as HP to deliver devices powered by Intel® to make sure they go the distance.
Monitor and Test Your Devices
Our next piece of advice is to constantly monitor and test the battery life, power and stability of your devices. With a device management service, you can enjoy the simplicity of having all your devices centrally monitored and optimised to keep them in good working order. By regularly nipping small issues in the bud, you’ll make sure they don’t become big issues that put your devices out of action. With The Laptop Company and HP, you can automate and monitor device health remotely, while keeping track of each asset.
Complete Regular Updates
While we’re on the topic of device management, it’s also important to complete regular software and system updates. When these become outdated, it can result in performance issues that have a significant impact on staff productivity. Help your devices be the best they can be for longer by scheduling timely updates. With The Laptop Company UXx Enhanced User Experience and Microsoft Endpoint Management, each device can be managed, secured and kept up to date anywhere from day one until decommissioning.
Reuse and Repair
Did you know that you can use old devices to repair your current fleet? As well as using your old devices’ parts to repair your fleet, spare parts recovered from broken devices can be used to fix damage not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. We offer this for any serviceable PC device through our Renew program which is available for workforces from 200 staff and up.
HotSwap devices can be switched in when users experience unexpected device failure or damage. These can be purchased, or remanufactured devices that are built through our Renew program. Hotswap devices can be stored onsite with your help desk team, or we can dispatch direct to the user. This helps reduce downtime, frustration and the need to hire devices in the interim.
We’re passionate about helping businesses get the most out of their device fleet to save costs while reducing environmental impact. That’s why we’re a huge fan of extending the life of devices. This has become a particularly useful strategy for businesses in the face of widespread stock shortages but will continue to be a powerful and cost-effective solution into the future.
Want to learn more about making your device fleet go further? Get in touch with our team of experts today.
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At the end of the day, most business decision-makers aren’t concerned with the finer details of how you manage and maintain your company’s IT fleet. They simply want to know how much they’re spending, the ROI they’re receiving and how they can reduce costs. To that end, IT teams face the challenge of selecting devices that are modern and powerful enough to enable optimal efficiency, while continually focusing on the bottom line.
So what can you do to reduce IT fleet management and ownership costs?
Conduct an inventory of your IT assets
Hidden or overlooked IT costs are common across many businesses – particularly those with multiple, disparate functions or legacy systems. In these instances, non-integrated IT systems not greatly raise costs but can also result in inefficient processes, duplicated workloads, errors and bottlenecks. In most cases, it’s possible to cut costs immediately by taking an inventory of all IT assets. Doing so will enable you to pinpoint areas of over-provisioning or obsolescence, and identify opportunities to phase out outdated or redundant devices, and unsupported or non-compliant solutions.
At The Laptop Company, this is a service we offer through our Account Management team. We can help you identify opportunities to rationalise your procurement, redeploy devices within your team, source best-fit devices for intended applications and develop a long-term deployment strategy to balance fleet capability with budget.
Extend product life where possible
Too many organisations spend precious resources attempting to reinvent the wheel with every IT investment. A review of your existing fleet will likely reveal a number of opportunities to reuse existing solutions. You may also need to extend the usable life of your devices. With shipping delays affecting much of the industry, this is becoming a necessity for many. The problem with extending the life of devices is the cost of servicing – the cost of replacement parts for any user damage or faults outside of warranty is typically more than the new device purchase cost.
The Laptop Company’s Renew service helps make extending the life of your fleet outside or warranty possible, without unexpected costs or degraded service. We can recover reusable parts from your broken devices to keep your other devices running. We also provide the option of creating spare ‘HotSwap’ devices from your donor machines. In the event of fault or user damage, a replacement HotSwap device can be delivered to affected users immediately.
Opt for managed devices and SOEs
The more unique devices and applications you have to manage, the higher the level of effort and cost involved. Moving to a managed device fleet and Standard Operating Environment (SOE) can simplify and streamline everything from provisioning and deployment to patching, security and general management. It’s essentially a way to avoid IT sprawl and the cost blowout that typically comes with it.
With an SOE, you can reduce the variances between different users and devices to not only reduce costs, but also provide a consistent user experience while eliminating the workload of managing multiple environments. Moving to an SOE also ensures all required security features are configured and activated for every device. This means you can address the risk of threat actors compromising your organisation's information across every device in your fleet.
It also provides an opportunity to increase the quality of the end-user and device experience. The Laptop Company is an industry leader in this space, with SOEs available as part of our Enhanced User Experience program. Find out more here.
The Laptop Company partners with world-class vendors such as HP to deliver devices powered by the latest processors, such as 11th Gen Intel® Core™. We also work with you to tailor a standardised, cost-effective software setup for your organisation's hardware, users, infrastructure, security and software licensing requirements. You control the devices your users receive out of the box, including redeployed machines.
To learn more about how we can help reduce the cost of your IT fleet, get in touch with the team at The Laptop Company.
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The big change for the new Surface Laptop 4 is the choice of AMD or Intel for business and government buyers.
How do the two options compare, and which should you choose for your users?
Faster cores versus more cores
The biggest difference between AMD and Intel options is the number of processor cores. The new 11th gen Intel Core i5 and i7 have four, while the 4th gen AMD Ryzen 5 has six and the Ryzen 7 has eight. The new AMD options also cost less than their equivalent Intel options. All processor options are available on the 13.5 inch Surface Laptop 4, while the 15 inch version offers the choice of AMD Ryzen 7 or Intel Core i7.
AMD - more cores
More cores mean more calculations can be made at the same time. To gain an appreciable performance boost, you need to be using apps and doing tasks that are designed for multi-core processing. These include media encoding, 3D rendering, complex Excel calculations and image transformations. If you have a team working on video or content creation, then their encoding time will be faster, making the AMD models a good choice. The AMD versions are also a bit less expensive. With The Laptop Company's deployment and migration services, you can migrate users without anyone noticing they're not using an Intel-powered device. It offers a substantial boost over the Surface Laptop 3, and extra battery life over the Intel versions.
Intel - faster cores
The faster cores of the Intel models make them well suited for single core processes, these include scripting, general application responsiveness, software development, testing and any software that's not multicore optimised. Microsoft is recommending the Intel version for data scientists, developers and researchers. This comes at a reasonable price premium.
The new Intel option provides an even greater performance boost over the Surface Laptop 3. Battery life is up to 17 hours for the 13.5 inch model, or up to 16.5 for the 15 inch one.
By the benchmarks
Benchmarks by PC World so far indicate overall performance for the Surface Laptop 4 Ryzen models trailing that of the 11th gen Intel powered Surface Pro 7+ (the same CPU used in the new Surface Laptop 4 Intel option), this helps justify the price premium commanded by the Intel versions:
The notable exception is HandBrake media encoding and Cinebench 3D rendering, where twice the cores equals twice the performance for the Ryzen 7. If your job is heavy on the media-encoding front, the AMD will be a boon.
Both processors provide a performance advantage over the outgoing Surface Laptop 3, and provide a substantial performance improvement over 7th-8th generation processors that were supplied with Intel 620 graphics.
What about graphics?
Despite AMD's reputation as a GPU leader, the AMD Radeon Microsoft Surface Edition graphics has not benchmarked as fast as the new Intel iRIS Xe found in both Intel options so far. Intel's iRIS Xe graphics have also benchmarked around 50% faster than the previous generation Intel iRIS Plus graphics used in the Laptop 3. Both are more than adequate for most users, and have sufficient power to run the Surface Laptop 4's high resolution PixelSense display and up to two 4K monitors at 60 hz.
3D creators are likely to opt for the more expensive Surface Book for the option of powerful dedicated NVIDIA graphics, higher resolution 3K+ displays and enhanced Pen and Touch support on a reversible tablet screen.
Which would I choose for my team?
For most users, either look to be a viable choice and provide a performance increase over the now discontinued Surface Laptop 3 as well as the lower cost Surface Laptop Go. Either is suitable for fleetwide deployment in corporate environments and each provides a significant performance boost for users migrating from older 8th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 laptops, particularly for graphically intensive tasks.
We recommend talking to your account manager to see what models suit your team best (and which are likely to be delivered sooner). There are still stock constraints across the PC industry, so getting your order and your preferred specification in ahead of time will save time and hassle.
If you don't have an account manager at The Laptop Company yet, enquire below or contact us.
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Poly Studio P5 - easily better than your laptop's webcam
With work from home looking to be a mainstay of modern workplaces (and ongoing restrictions on travel), we've been noticing how sickly we look on standard laptop webcams. There is a decent solution for better quality meetings and chat in the Poly Studio P5 external webcam.
At 1080p Full HD resolution, the P5 has a better quality image sensor than most laptops, and with its large lens, better optics for a clearer, brighter and higher contrast image. Users of devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro, which has a high quality camera, are less likely to find the P5 useful. For anyone who has a desktop monitor setup, the P5 provides the flexibility to use a monitor-mounted camera in place of their laptop webcam.
Compared to a good quality laptop webcam...
A corporate-class laptop's web cam from 2020 versus the Poly Studio P5.
Note the deeper colour in the harbour (out the window) and the reflected sky on the table, the greater contrast between the yellow and black stripes, the contrast between the two gloves, greater sharpness of the circuit pattern on the table and overall colour saturation and sharpness. The laptop webcam we've compared the P5 to is 720p, which is comparable in resolution to most corporate-class laptops laptops as of 2021.
Worthwhile for professional presenters
The difference between the murkiness of the laptop's webcam versus the P5 is clear.
If you're looking to improve the professionalism of client and corporate presentations on platforms like Teams and Zoom, the Poly Studio P5 is easy to recommend. It may also be of use for special situations including management presentations and for media engagement. When viewed on large displays and devices, including the Surface Hub 2s, the improvement in image quality is even more apparent.
The Poly Studio P5 connects via USB Type A and includes a USB pass-through port for connecting things like USB headsets (without requiring a second port from your laptop or docking station). Users of USB-C-only laptops (like the MacBook range) will need a USB-C to USB-A adapter.
It's small enough to be bundled in a laptop bag and requires no external power supply. Look and feel is retro PC-medical with a dappled cream/grey finish.
An adjustable monitor mount is included to balance the P5 on your monitor. This can be removed and substituted with a tripod (a tripod mount screw is included). Users of frameless monitors may find the standard mount can partially cover the very top of the monitor image.
The camera includes a microphone, however you may find a decent quality laptop can provide equally good, if not better audio quality and noise cancellation through its internal microphones (some experimentation is advised).
The camera also features a physical lens cover for privacy.
Poly Studio P15 - definitely bigger
The Poly Studio P15 is the bigger brother with speakers included for video conferencing without a headset.
With a 4K camera, the P15 provides even greater clarity for professional presenters where audiences will be viewing on the big screen. It also provides zoom and crop functionality to focus on the presenter. This doesn't work as smoothly as some we've seen. The P15 doesn't tend to follow people who walk and talk, and can hunt a bit when there are groups of people within a meeting room. Zooming in reduces the image resolution, which is apparent if the presenter is far from the camera.
We tried the P15 with our Surface Hub 2s, which also has a 4K camera. Both have excellent image quality and clarity, and a similar 90 degree field of view to capture a typical meeting room well. The P15 comes in handy with its zoom function when a single participant is in front of the Hub, or if you want to point a camera back at the Hub and the presenter without a full Teams Rooms setup, as long as you have a sufficiently long USB cable.
While the P5 is an easy solution for improving the quality of Teams chats and presentations, the size of the P15 makes it more likely to be more useful for permanent installation for trainers, media presentations and small, shared meeting spaces.
The P5 is likely a better solution for the rest of us.
The Poly Studio P15 connects via USB Type C (unlike the P5) and includes two USB Type A pass-through ports for connecting accessories (without using more ports on your laptop or docking station). Unlike the P5 it's designed to stay put with an external power supply and a design that's around 400mm long.
A larger adjustable monitor mount is included to balance the P15 on your monitor. Like the P5. this can be removed and substituted with a tripod (a tripod mount screw is included). Users of frameless monitors may find the standard mount can partially cover the top of the monitor image, and the P15 is not designed to be placed on a laptop screen. On a moveable device like our Surface Hub 2s, we would recommend a robust tripod style mount.
The P15 includes a microphone, and the speaker is sufficient for home office use with decent noise cancellation.
As per the P5, the camera features a physical lens cover for privacy.
The P15 uses the same retro PC-hospital style cream plastic with a mesh speaker cover.
Easy to recycle packaging a bonus
Both the Studio P5 and P15 use attractive uncoated carboard boxes with egg-crate style protective padding inside, instead of foam or polystyrene. With distinctive Poly branding on the outside, both prove that good packaging can be recyclable and protective without non-recyclable foams. For anyone looking to eliminate polystyrene from their waste streams and opt for 100% recyclable packaging, the Poly cameras tick the box. All of the packaging components are marked for easier separation and recycling.
Employers and employees continue to see the advantages in the flexibility offered by remote work. What are some of the trends and challenges to successful home working?
We are having more video meetings
Whilst video meetings are not likely to replace in-person meetings entirely in a post-pandemic world, they are most certainly here to stay. As our familiarity with this communication tool has grown, so have our expectations. Many first introductions are now taking place via video, and users expect these video meetings to look and feel professional. Children, pets and noise, along with personal effects or other household members, can all interfere with videos. HP devices now offer camera and audio features such as filters to remove background noise, and AI enhancements, made possible by the new 11th generation Intel Core i5 and i7, that can add sophisticated visual backgrounds to video calls.
Better quality video calls require faster internet
Whilst most homes in suburban areas in New Zealand can get 1GBPS fibre broadband or similar, many rural areas have been lagging behind. Whilst the ongoing rollout of 5G across the country is improving the situation, it should be noted that internet speed is not the only cause of latency. In many cases, Wi-Fi congestion has become a problem both on home networks and in the office, where multiple video calls are taking place at the same time. Upgrading to Wi-Fi 6 can alleviate this issue.
Interacting in novel ways
Users are finding new ways to share ideas and information virtually and are increasingly turning to tools that allow drawing, writing or highlighting. Devices such as HP’s x360, that allow drawing, writing or highlighting direct onto the screen interface, and apps like Microsoft Whiteboard, make remote communication and collaboration easy.
We are creating more content than ever before
The shift to virtual communication means users are increasingly taking responsibility for creating their own visual content for training materials, presentations and pitches. With this comes a need for more powerful software and hardware. The new Intel iRIS Xe graphics on the 11th Gen Intel® Core™ devices deliver this power in a notebook format. And the flexible x360 model, that can flip instantly from laptop to tablet, comes with a pen to write or draw directly onto the screen.
We need a good working environment
Every home environment will be different, and users won’t always be working from a dedicated home office. They may be sharing a desk, or perhaps working from the couch in the evening. The Elite range, including the Dragonfly and EliteBook 800/1000 series laptops, are lightweight and can wake from sleep in less than 1 second, making them super flexible for home use. They also come with an optional webcam shutter to provide extra privacy when working at home. The Laptop Company can work with your organisation to create a home office equipment procurement scheme that allows your employees select the products to best suit their needs from a range of devices, and at a budget that you control.
The key to successfully managing a decentralised workforce is giving them the tools they need to be productive and proactive, however their home office may look. The Laptop Company can help your organisation develop a strategy that lets your employees work seamlessly from anywhere.
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There has been a massive shift in the way we work over the last year. The sudden move to remote work at the start of the pandemic left distributed teams looking for ways to collaborate and communicate. Organisations were forced to adapt rapidly to these changes, with many employees not familiar with video presenting or creating content through cloud-based services. What began very much as a needs-must solution, has since evolved into a much more sophisticated way of working, bringing with it an increased expectation of professionalism.
Presentation skills and professionalism
With audiences now adapted to video communication as the norm, expectations have grown. Many introductions are now taking place via video, so first impressions matter, highlighting the need for employee training across presentation skills and content creation.
Collaboration and communication
Being able to communicate instantly has been essential for collaboration. Microsoft Teams chats have replaced discussions over cubicle walls or in offices. Ideas and brainstorming sessions take place on shared whiteboards that users can write or draw on with devices such as the x360, and cloud-hosted shared documents havebecome the norm. This all serves not just to enable collaboration but to actively encourage it.
Performance and Security
Secure cloud storage and cloud-based tools have proved essential for productivity and collaboration, with Microsoft 365 proving a popular choice for many organisations. The importance of cloud-based job and customer management services has become apparent, giving users access to the information they need to perform their job. At the same time, more users are needing to create high-quality image, video and presentation content, increasing the requirement for higher performance laptops. The newest 11th Gen Intel Core-i5/i7 Elitebooks meet this need well, featuring powerful HP with Intel iRIS Xe graphics, previously the domain of design and comms teams.
Flexible Tools and Flexible roles
Business continuity and resilience have been priorities, as organisations are faced with ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19 and the wider economic implications. Employees have needed to be flexible and able step in to cover tasks outside of their roles. Consequently, we are seeing staff developing more generalist skills than before, while those in more specialised roles are increasingly stretched. This has led to increased training requirements, more versatile devices, along with a need for instant communication, access to cloud storage and cloud-hosted documents.
Looking forward, the technology and changes to working practices that were initially adopted out of necessity, now present new opportunities for agility and innovation. As organisations and users continue to adapt, becoming more professional and skilled in their approach, they will find themselves in a strong position to grow. And ready to face whatever the future may throw at them.
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Cybersecurity remains a top priority for every organisation. The growth of remote working means organisations must mitigate the security risks of having information and computers off-site. People, devices and applications that access data all increase vulnerability. As a result, robust endpoint security through regularly patched and updated devices is an essential defence against cyber-attacks.
Protect your data and IP
Effective endpoint security requires a solution that can centrally-manage all of your organisation’s devices and user environments. The Laptop Company can support you to implement a centralised in-house security solution using HP Security Solutions to help control software, apps, device settings and security permissions for every device in your fleet. You can let us take care of everything for you with a fully-managed environment to include deployment, devices, user-access, drivers, software additions, updates and deactivation.
Stay in control of every user device
Beyond user access and security controls, it is vital to know where remote devices are located. Keep your devices and organisational data safe with our asset-tracking service and asset-tagging, so you can oversee every device, from first delivery through to end-of-life-recycling. The Laptop Company can help you keep track of the whereabouts of all user devices, protecting your assets and disabling any devices that are lost or stolen.
Proactive remote performance and location monitoring
Ensuring devices are performing optimally improves the end-user experience, increasing employee satisfaction and productivity. HP DaaS, with TechPulse lets you can monitor the health and whereabouts of devices in almost any location. Plus, valuable analytics powered by Deep Learning provide critical device data, so you can react proactivity to prevent performance issue or security threats.
Streamline device deployment and management
With the right deployment strategy, your remote workforce will be set up for success. The Laptop Company can streamline device deployment and management for you, making sure your team have the tools they need to do their job from day one. Devices deployed with our Standard Operating Environment provide a uniform user experience and software setup, making them easy to use and maintain. Remote support is simplified because you will always know exactly how a user’s desktop is configured and that all installed software is compatible.
Successfully managing a remote workforce requires a comprehensive and consistent strategy for deployment and management. With the right tools to centrally-manage all your organisation’s devices and users, you can streamline the user experience and keep your data secure.
The way we work has seemingly been changed forever. Over the last year, the rapid transition to remote working has highlighted the need for organisations to be both flexible and resilient. However, what was once seen as a disruption is being increasingly regarded as an opportunity for innovation.
So how can you make this digital transformation work for your organisation and what solutions are there to some of the challenges of deploying a remote workforce?
Devices that are configured and ready-to-use from day one
Take the headache out of implementation with mobile computers that are ready to go straight out of the box. Provide your users with devices that are fully configured to your network infrastructure, security and software requirements. No more time wasted waiting for software and security features to be installed, or for issues connecting to your network to be resolved, so that remote workers are productive from the get-go.
Meet the needs of the individual user
Give your employees the tools they need from the moment they switch on their device. With a fully individualised configuration, including specialist software and security, users will be instantly set up to do their job properly. And you can make sure their devices are regularly tested for battery life, power and stability, with remote maintenance and device performance monitoring available through HP’s optional TechPulse service.
Manage device performance and security
Without a doubt, one of the biggest challenges of remote working is security. Home networks, inexperienced users and sophisticated cybercriminals all create the perfect storm for security breaches. However, by implementing a standard operating environment already configured and activated for every device, you can help ensure your users are secure from the first boot.
Keep devices secure and up to date wherever they are
Maintaining a positive and productive remote workforce requires ongoing maintenance. The Laptop Company can take care of this for you, managing and releasing accessories and special software updates remotely, ensuring devices are always secure and performing optimally.
With the right strategy, your organisation can remain profitable, productive and proactive as the modern workplace continues to evolve. By creating a more resilient remote workforce technology environment, not only will you be in a strong position to face any disruptions in the future, you’ll also have the flexibility to be innovative now.
Partnered with world-class vendors HP to deliver HP Elite Laptops powered by the latest Intel® Core™ vPro® Processors, The Laptop Company can help you provide a secure and seamless experience for your remote workers, keeping your team online and connected wherever they are.
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