Getting Productive: How the Right Tools Create a Team of Star Performers
In anything you strive to do, whether it be a hobby or professionally, it’s imperative to have the right tools for the job. Have you ever tried to put flatpack furniture together without one of the allen keys? It’s late, all the shops are closed so you try to make do with what you have. You get there in the end, but it takes until midnight alongside a minor meltdown or two. Workers feel the same way when their laptop, tablet or smartphone isn’t right for the job – but, thankfully, giving them the right tools can raise motivation, productivity, and morale.
Is the flexibility to work from anywhere compromising security?
The workforce has experience unprecedented change in recent times. Many kiwi businesses were required to facilitate remote work to maintain business continuity, but did it come at the cost of greater cyber security risk? Security is now an ‘anywhere and everywhere’ issue. Organisations can no longer ensure the protection of data through closed, encrypted networks protected by firewalls and only accessible through carefully encrypted takeaway computers. As the desire for mobile flexibility grows, the anytime, anywhere philosophy that is driving the digital age means inevitably, employees will leverage unsecure networks to access sensitive information. Security demands a proactive approach - devices and services must be optimised in an agile fashion and be able to handle evolving organisational and end-user needs, without compromising the overall security posture.
The need for greater collaboration
The only way a mobile, geographically dispersed workforce can work is with reliance on streamlined collaboration tools. When these tools are easily accessible and embraced by the entire organisation they lead to more efficient communication streams and project execution, as well as improved employee productivity and workflow efficiencies. With the desire for flexibility, these tools must be accessible from anywhere, and at anytime. The best platforms for this exist as a single point of collaboration that encompasses every element of authorship, editing and communication; platforms like Microsoft Teams for example.
Same old technology?
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that technology needs are changing to fit this new style of workplace. The fundamentals, such as core infrastructure must be spot-on. Slow application delivery doesn’t fit the ‘everything now’ trend. IT specialists must be prepared to endlessly reinvent the services they offer the business, and creative thinking must match technical skills. Most of the workforce, of course, don’t care to know what goes on behind the IT scenes – they just want it to work, preferably by yesterday. The IT department delivers outcomes, usually derived from a complex mix of on-premise and cloud technologies. Attempting to also provide the right devices to the right people is a precarious balancing act with IT often run ragged trying to appease everyone. The users, meanwhile, are likely to feel frustrated when their needs are not fully met. If they can download the app they need on their phone in a few minutes, they struggle to comprehend why they would wait for IT to deliver a clunky machine that offers a slower, less intuitive interface.
Solving the IT divide
IT resources are often scarce, so when they are busy forging a path into the digital future it’s hard to find time to research and acquire new devices to replace the old faithfuls that should have been put out to pasture long ago. They do prompt a lot of support calls though, and can be the cause of user frustration and reduced morale. Nobody gives their best when they feel under-valued, and resentment can build on both sides and as a consequence, the divide between IT and the business grows.
For a growing number of businesses, the answer is to remove device management from the IT equation and explore the new device management services on offer. These services make device management easier to afford and better designed to fit user needs, while leaving the IT team free to address the higher-level technology tasks that require their attention. We call our own device management service Devices on Demand.
How does Devices on Demand work?
If time were no obstacle, Devices on Demand is the device provisioning program you would design yourself. Users choose from a range of pre-approved HP equipment, aligning their needs with the ideal device. The machine is configured with software and security monitoring in place, and then delivered to the user’s place of work (office or home) ready to go right out of the box. The device is managed throughout its lifecycle, with security patches and software updates applied remotely, and user access to a 24/7 helpdesk also available. If the user’s needs change, or new technology drivers mean a different device is needed, it is provided with minimum fuss at the end of the contracted term.
You can now work from anywhere, collaborate with your colleagues and get increased productivity as well as enterprise-level security for one all-inclusive price per user, starting from $99+ GST. Contact our friendly Devices on Demand team today.