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Is Your Organization Ready for the Future Workplace?

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Mobile technology has dramatically changed our lives. Fast, cheap, and ubiquitous Internet connectivity makes it easier than ever to be online 24/7. As an integral part of our private lives, the technologies that enable this paradigm shift have already spread throughout the workplace. Smartphones, tablets, cloud technologies, and easy access to productivity, communications, collaboration, and […]

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Mobile technology has dramatically changed our lives. Fast, cheap, and ubiquitous Internet connectivity makes it easier than ever to be online 24/7. As an integral part of our private lives, the technologies that enable this paradigm shift have already spread throughout the workplace. Smartphones, tablets, cloud technologies, and easy access to productivity, communications, collaboration, and other apps tailored to specific needs have already changed the way we work. We can now work whenever, wherever, and however we want. Employees can access the information they need from virtual workplaces and interact with their remote colleagues and business systems anywhere, making mobility a key requirement to remain competitive.

Wearables, augmented and virtual reality, 3D printing, and the Internet of Things are also set to reshape the workplace, in ways we’re only just starting to see. Mark Zuckerberg has demonstrated how virtual reality will replace conference calls as we know them. 3D printing already provides us with rapid prototyping capabilities which allow us to construct prototype objects much quicker and cheaper than before. And the Internet of Things and wearables have changed the way we monitor and process environmental data – changing our interaction with our buildings and surroundings. These technologies are driving change. They are also data-hungry, requiring huge amounts of storage and bandwidth: mobility and data will be the key enablers of the future workplace.

Ready for the challenge?

As the pace of digital innovation strides ahead, businesses are challenged with developing a more social, mobile and data-driven work environment that can support their changing business needs.

Mobile devices will need to have high storage volumes and performance specifications, and will need to seamlessly integrate into rapidly changing corporate environments both in the office and remote. Employees who spend most of their time working remotely – whether from coworking spaces or home – will need portability, but also excellent connectivity options. Those who travel much of the time will need ultra-mobile devices that combine top performance with a super-lightweight form factor. Regardless of their role, all employees will need a device that is flexible, allowing them to adapt quickly to workplace changes and the way they work. The right choice of mobile device for each business case is essential.

Regardless of your needs, there’s a FUJITSU ultra-mobile product offering to meet the challenge – and with €100 cashback, there couldn’t be a better time to buy! Find out more in our free eBook.

Organizations also need the right strategy and support services to successfully transition to the needs of the future workplace. FUJITSU helps its customers to co-create and develop the innovative digital strategies needed to drive workplace transformation. And with the hardware- and software-level support provided by made4you Customizing Services as shown below, we are in a unique position to ensure that your organization is more than ready for the challenges ahead!

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Remember: We’ll give you €100 cashback if you purchase a STYLISTIC R727, LIFEBOOK P727, LIFEBOOK T937 2 in 1 Tablet, or a LIFEBOOK S937, or LIFEBOOK U family notebooks between 1st of June and 31st of August 2017! Find out more.

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Louis Cherian Wednesday, 26.July 2017

What To Consider Before Buying A Business Mobile Device?

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Looking to equip your mobile workforce with new ultra-mobile devices? With every new generation, ultra-mobile devices are getting lighter and more powerful. To add to that, the arrival of new standards like USB Type-C and Thunderbolt promises to revolutionize connectivity (while rendering your existing peripherals obsolete). In these changing times, with a multitude of options […]

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Looking to equip your mobile workforce with new ultra-mobile devices?

With every new generation, ultra-mobile devices are getting lighter and more powerful. To add to that, the arrival of new standards like USB Type-C and Thunderbolt promises to revolutionize connectivity (while rendering your existing peripherals obsolete). In these changing times, with a multitude of options at one’s disposal, how do you actually choose the right device for your enterprise?

The Essentials

What does a mobile device need, regardless of its form factor? True mobility calls for a day-long battery life and an ultra-lightweight design. Design and ergonomics are important if a device is going to be carried around and used during the day and while travelling. For productivity, look for full-sized keyboard options. An anti-glare full HD display is essential for working just about anywhere – even in bright outdoor spaces. To keep up with the demands of video conferencing and online collaboration platforms such as Slack or Trello, you’ll need a full complement of connectivity options such as Wi-Fi, built-in LAN for the office, 4G/LTE and Bluetooth.

Performance and Security

Fast SSD drives mean faster boot times, quick application starts, and better performance for more productivity and less frustration when jumping between tasks. Mobile devices are more prone to loss or theft, and also more exposed to the potential risk of man-in-the-middle attacks on open public Wi-Fi networks. You’ll need both innovative hardware and solid software security features to protect your device and your organization’s data from unauthorised access.

Business Continuity

How do you manage device obsolescence or very short product refresh cycles? For many manufacturers, this is a key aspect of their business model – but it shouldn’t be part of yours. Continuity is key: Look for a manufacturer that offers long product lifecycles – more than 12 months – and a guaranteed stable system roadmap that is consistent across generations, for better device compatibility and servicing over time. Can the battery be replaced? Look for business notebooks with user-changeable batteries and access to memory and storage to prolong their lifespan and make serviceability a lot easier.

Compatibility

Choose devices that can share accessories and peripherals. All devices from the manufacturer should share a “family concept”, providing a universal docking solution. This allows devices to be quickly integrated into a common infrastructure and creates a consistent working environment over several generations of devices. Not only does this reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), but it also results in a “flat” team hierarchy where everybody feels equally well equipped to do their jobs.

Docking solutions within the family concept should also support traditional interfaces in addition to new ones such as USB Type-C, which is not yet available everywhere. While this may become the future standard, you’ll want to continue using existing peripherals until they need replacing and not before.

What about the device itself? Whether you choose a tablet, an ultra-lightweight business notebook, or a 2 in 1 tablet will completely depend on its usage scenario. Consult our free eBook to guide you through the options and an insight into the FUJITSU family concept for long term TCO savings.

Notebook, Tablet or 2 in 1? The Same. Only Different.

Whatever your ultra-mobile computing needs are, FUJITSU has the perfect secure device for you AND with €100 cashback, now is the time to buy! See details here

 

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Kathrin Hofherr Monday, 17.July 2017

Do More with Less and Start your Lean IT Journey Today

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There are companies and there are smart companies. While ‘Rip and replace’ is one of the many options for companies that want to refresh their hardware, smart companies typically preserve budgets for projects that have more priority. Smart companies have CTOs/CIOs, IT managers and system admins that know how they can extract the maximum value […]

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There are companies and there are smart companies. While ‘Rip and replace’ is one of the many options for companies that want to refresh their hardware, smart companies typically preserve budgets for projects that have more priority. Smart companies have CTOs/CIOs, IT managers and system admins that know how they can extract the maximum value from their existing IT instead of stretching their budgets to acquire newer equipment.

Striking the Right Balance

Smart companies also look at alternatives that provide the optimal balance between security and computing power. If a certain percentage of your computing is purely task-based computing — POS terminals at multiple retail locations, customer service terminals at branch offices — that handles sensitive information and happens over a network with a server at the backend, then it makes sense to shift to a secure, easy-to-manage infrastructure.

Handling an Attack

Smart companies are all about having a secure infrastructure that can handle an attack while ensuring that business continuity never gets disrupted. Smart companies always prioritize security, high availability and scalability that are critical for matching up to the growth of the organization without losing perspective on the operational difficulties of having a large IT sprawl.

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FUTRO S930

Do More with Less

Having a ‘do more with less’ outlook by leveraging existing infrastructures such as your server backend and virtualizing certain ‘departments’ in your organization is a smart way to start. Server-based computing (SBC) and Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI) are not new concepts; however, in the current environment of frequent cyberattacks, it makes sense for organizations to have greater control over their end-point devices, their networks and, more importantly, their data. Companies that are interested in having a proactive security posture that can effectively handle an IT crisis such as a breach or a cyberattack need to start experimenting with this approach.

Leverage your Existing Infrastructure. Start your Lean IT Journey Now

Maybe your IT team is struggling for time, personnel and budgets? Why not leverage your existing server backend, pilot a Thin Client deployment and see how you can do more with less?

One way to start is to inventory all devices that have almost reached their end-of-life (EOL). Instead of acquiring new equipment and getting rid of EOL equipment, you can start by checking if it can be repurposed. This is facilitated by the eLux operating system (OS), which is a hardware-agnostic Thin Client OS that has flexible licensing, enabling customers to:

  • Convert existing hardware such as Desktops to Thin Clients by installing the eLux OS
  • Migrate the existing license to a newly acquired Thin Client device when the old device needs to be replaced completely

These two simple steps enable you to protect your existing investments and save costs when you finally acquire new hardware, resulting in a dual benefit of trying out a new computing approach and doing more with less.

In case you require any further consultation, feel free to get in touch with your local Fujitsu sales representative or Fujitsu Reseller, or visit our website. We have experienced teams that can help you understand how it can benefit your organization.

Click on the links to learn more about our Virtualization expertise, FUTRO Thin Client offerings and partner solutions.

Related posts: How Lean IT helps enterprises enhance security, increase productivity and streamline costs

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Salil Lawande Monday, 10.July 2017

How Energy-Efficient PCs Can Help Your Company Save Costs and Meet Energy Goals

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Large enterprises spend millions of dollars on energy each year, and a significant part of this comes from computing devices and IT infrastructure, yet many companies fail to see energy efficiency as something that can affect their bottom line and help them meet their energy and climate change goals. Green Goals: Save Energy, Save Money […]

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Large enterprises spend millions of dollars on energy each year, and a significant part of this comes from computing devices and IT infrastructure, yet many companies fail to see energy efficiency as something that can affect their bottom line and help them meet their energy and climate change goals.

Green Goals: Save Energy, Save Money

Switzerland recently passed a new energy law that paves the way for a green future for Swiss people. The new law aims to promote renewable energy, reduce energy consumption and phase out nuclear power plants. It will eventually result in a greater focus on energy efficiency and green targets for companies and public offices. Germany, Austria and Nordic countries have had similar energy laws in place for many years.

Computers are considered to be one of the biggest energy guzzlers in consumer electronics, with desktops being the worst offenders. According to a report from the US Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the total electricity consumed by all the computers in the US is the same as 30 large power plants emitting 65 million metric tons of carbon dioxide every year.

Last year, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved new energy efficiency standards for desktop computers, laptops, workstations and monitors in an effort to regulate energy use and reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. It is expected that, once PCs and monitors that are not energy efficient are replaced with energy-efficient devices that meet the new standards, the total energy consumed by computers will be reduced by half, saving approximately $370 million in electricity bills each year.

Save Energy and Reduce Costs with Fujitsu’s Energy-Efficient Desktops

Saving energy has always been at the core of Fujitsu’s deskbound devices, be it desktop PCs, workstations or thin clients and displays. Our commitment to environmental protection and focus on low carbon footprint devices starts with our choice of components and production methodology. Our desktops comply with the latest energy consumption standards and certifications such as Energy Star®, Blue Angel and EPEAT.

Save Energy and Reduce Costs with Fujitsu's Energy-Efficient DesktopsHalogen-free mainboards and PVC-free options: By selecting environmentally friendly materials and eliminating the use of harmful and potentially harmful substances in our ESPRIMO PCs and production processes, we ensure energy-optimized product development and recycling in an environmentally conscious manner.

Energy-efficient power supply units (PSUs): With up to 94% energy-efficient PSUs, our desktops virtually eliminate the risk of power losses and therefore facilitate the highest level of energy efficiency, low carbon footprint and substantial cost savings. ESPRIMO power supply units and board regulator circuitry do not only have highly energy efficient transformation at full or half load, they are also extremely efficient at low levels of power.

Low Power Active Mode (LPAM): LPAM is an innovative, power-saving feature of our ESPRIMO PCs. It helps bridge the gap between a PC’s operating state and conventional standby. With LPAM activated, a desktop PC becomes more responsive than in suspend-to-RAM mode — a PC may look as though it’s been turned off, but it will draw enough power to perform critical background tasks. Power-hungry applications such as browsers are reliably suspended while network connections are kept alive so that email clients may connect to the server and keep a user’s inbox up to date at any point in time. Put simply, the LPAM feature ensures that your desktop PC is constantly available and that energy consumption is significantly reduced in idle mode.

Change Is in the Air

Thanks to international collaboration on climate change and global carbon regulation, some companies are getting serious about energy saving, reducing their carbon footprint and energy efficiency. The additional push comes from the fact that many countries have already passed energy laws that companies have to comply with. The Asian giants, China and India, have made huge commitments to reducing their carbon footprints. All these factors combined are motivating (or forcing, in some cases) organizations across the globe to find ways to improve the energy efficiency of their offices.

If you are interested in such energy-efficient devices, please have a look at the ESPRIMO product page or contact your local Fujitsu reseller.

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Suman Singh Monday, 26.June 2017

How Lean IT Helps Enterprises Enhance Security, Increase Productivity and Streamline Costs

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Many large enterprises are currently saddled with legacy IT infrastructure – hardware and software – making it increasingly difficult to maintain for your daily computing requirements. There is also the looming risk of a cyberattack that could possibly exploit the inherent weaknesses of the aging equipment and the applications that run on them, which could […]

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Many large enterprises are currently saddled with legacy IT infrastructure – hardware and software – making it increasingly difficult to maintain for your daily computing requirements. There is also the looming risk of a cyberattack that could possibly exploit the inherent weaknesses of the aging equipment and the applications that run on them, which could disrupt business continuity, breach data or, worse, compromise your networks.

We also have to consider the energy consumption of this legacy equipment. Old desktops that still haven’t reached their end-of-life (EOL) have a much larger energy footprint and are still being used by certain departments within your company. Not to mention the software – operating systems and applications – that keep them running. If you have an agile, proactive IT management policy, you can plug those gaps and deficiencies; however, that approach costs your IT department precious man­hours and money and stretches your budgets and manpower thin for projects where they might ideally be used more effectively and efficiently.

Enhance Security and Improve Productivity

IT teams that have successfully deployed and are managing large fleets of endpoint devices such as Thin Clients for their organization’s computing needs will agree to the benefits the lean IT approach brings compared to desktop PCs. This is especially true when it comes to infrastructures that are distributed over vast geographies.

Enhanced Security

  • Secure data storage: Data loss in the event of device theft or damage due to a natural disaster is zero because your mission-critical data is stored in a data center, and affected locations and facilities can easily be recovered
  • Granular administration: User and device profiles can be activated and deactivated remotely, eliminating the possibility of unauthorized access to company data
  • Write protection: Cyberattacks can no longer affect your computing infrastructure because programs cannot be installed, whether intentionally or accidentally

Increased Productivity

  • Centralized and simplified management: Firmware upgrades and security policies can be implemented remotely at the data-center level, saving time and effort
  • Efficient rollout and restore: Individual endpoint devices can be rolled out faster and can be refreshed, shut down or restored in the event of any issues
  • Less time spent: Thin Clients can be supported remotely via the network and, in the rare event of a failure, it can be replaced and redeployed within a matter of minutes
  • Lower maintenance costs: Thin Clients have no moving parts, effectively eliminating failure and the subsequent replacement of physical components such as hard disks, cooling fans, etc.

Reduced Energy Consumption

  • Enforce energy policies: Thin Clients can be shut down remotely by administrators. No more wasting energy due to leaving equipment on after office hours
  • Energy savings: Thin Clients consume* approximately 25%–33% energy compared to desktops, helping you save on operating costs, especially for large-scale deployments across vast geographies

If you require further consultation, feel free to get in touch with your local Fujitsu sales representative or Fujitsu reseller or visit our website. We have experienced teams that can help you understand how it can benefit your organization.

Click on the links to know more about our Virtualization expertise, FUTRO Thin Client offerings and partner solutions.

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*Newer desktops are efficient and consume far less energy compared to older desktops. The comparison stated in this blog factors in older desktops. One Thin Client consumes 65W compared to 150–250W for an average PC.

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Salil Lawande Thursday, 22.June 2017

The Perfect Mobile Companion

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For many of us it has become the norm to work wherever, whenever, and however we want. We work in cafés, during flights, in the train on the way to meetings; we need mobile devices that give us both flexibility and the power we need to get our work done anywhere. But what do you […]

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For many of us it has become the norm to work wherever, whenever, and however we want. We work in cafés, during flights, in the train on the way to meetings; we need mobile devices that give us both flexibility and the power we need to get our work done anywhere. But what do you choose – a notebook, or a tablet?

Mobile working no longer means having to carry a heavy laptop just so that you have the power you need on the road. The latest high-end business notebooks offer an ultra-lightweight form factor while featuring bright full HD displays to make working with them on the move effortless. Pull up a chair in your favourite café, slip out your notebook, and you’re ready to work. Thanks to built-in 4G / LTE you can choose your workplace based on the coffee you like, and not on their Wi-Fi setup. It’d even enable you to pull down those important files from your office server while meeting a client on a building site!

A full complement of connectors means you can access peripherals and get straight to work on days when you’re in an office. Fast SSD drives mean quick application starts and maximum performance, while all-day battery life ensures you won’t spend your first ten minutes in a new location looking for a power outlet. Worried about device security? Don’t be: technologies like FUJITSU’s PalmSecure® prevent unauthorised access to your notebook.

Enter the 2 in 1!

IDC recently interviewed IT and LOB decision makers across Europe about the role of tablet PCs in the digital transformation of their company. 60% consider tablets to be integral to their mobile strategy, with 70% quoting an increase in employees’ productivity and mobility as a reason for purchase.

As the study showed, many are turning to tablets due to their ultra-mobile portability and convenience. Instant on technology and touchscreens are perfectly adapted to the use of task-focussed app software like maps, flight and train timetables, team messaging apps and more while on the move. With Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 4G / LTE connectivity, they allow you to be connected wherever you are. Clip-on keyboards add comfort for longer data entry tasks and slot-in cradles allow instant access to corporate networks and peripherals when you’re at your desk.

2 in 1 models with full-sized keyboards in addition to touchscreens are the ultimate travel companions. Representing a great synergy between the notebook and the tablet, these devices have both the power of the notebook and it’s full-sized keyboard for more intensive data entry tasks, and the ultra-mobile convenience of the tablet with it’s touch input and light weight. Often sporting anti-glare touch displays that can be flipped or even rotated to make viewing easier for several people, they are also perfect for adhoc presentations and informal, spontaneous, meetings while on the road!

Notebook or Tablet? The Same. Only Different.

Whatever your needs – business notebook or 2 in 1 – FUJITSU has the perfect device for you AND with €100 cashback, there couldn’t be a better time to buy!
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Kathrin Hofherr Thursday, 15.June 2017

The Ultra-Mobile Computing Revolution

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Picture a Sales Manager’s day, out from early morning until late evening. What used to mean an early start in the office to pick up notes about her prospects, followed by phone calls/emails during the day, now all happens while she’s on the road: preparing for the day’s meetings; dealing with important emails; pulling up […]

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Picture a Sales Manager’s day, out from early morning until late evening. What used to mean an early start in the office to pick up notes about her prospects, followed by phone calls/emails during the day, now all happens while she’s on the road: preparing for the day’s meetings; dealing with important emails; pulling up real-time CRM data; interactive presentation and proposal-writing together with a prospect aided by her device’s rotatable screen; closing the deal digitally with digital signing as she wraps up the meeting; then simply plugging into a port replicator in the office or home at the end of the day for instant access to drives to back up her machine for the night. This type of flexibility and productivity boost is driving the adoption of ultra-mobile devices within the Enterprise.

In a recent study, IDC interviewed IT and LOB decision makers across Europe about the role of tablet PCs in the digital transformation of their company. 60% consider tablets to be integral to their mobile strategy, with 70% quoting an increase in employees’ productivity, and a decisive 63% citing an increase in working flexibility and mobility as key:

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Tablets are already in the enterprise and seen as strategic – for good reason. They really are ultra-mobile: Ultra light, and instantly on, they support apps for task-oriented working on the road and yet allow seamless integration into networks for office working. While tablets are ranked by the study in 3rd or 4th place IT spending priorities for 2017, Notebooks are still ranked in joint 2nd place. Premium notebooks are being chosen based on ultra-lightweight high-spec configurations – perfect for productive working while on the road.

Whether ultra-mobile notebooks or tablets are used to supplement an existing infrastructure or to replace older laptops and desktops depends on the application scenario: For pure touch-based applications, such as checking flights or pulling up a customer’s details within a CRM app, a tablet is perfect. If you need a keyboard for preparing an offer, then simply clip one on and you’re ready to go – or choose an ultra-lightweight 2 in 1 for its full-sized keyboard and flexibility:

2 in 1 devices have all of the power you’d expect from a premium notebook combined with an ultra-lightweight form factor, day-long battery life, full HD touchscreens that can flip or even rotate for rapid switching between notebook and tablet modes, and all of the connectivity you’d expect both out of, and in, the office. The IDC report anticipates that 2 in 1 devices will make up over half of the tablets that will be purchased over the next few years.

FUJITSU ultra-mobile premium solutions deliver flexibility and productivity without compromise:

The FUJITSU STYLISTIC R727 tablet, for example, offers the high performance, battery life, multitasking, and security you’d normally expect from a notebook. With optionally integrated 4G / LTE, Bluetooth, WLAN, and NFC, it comes with all the connection options you’ll need. Combined with the superior features of Windows 10 and a convenient drop-in cradle it also integrates seamlessly into your existing infrastructure.

If an ultra-mobile premium notebook is what you’re looking for, the FUJITSU LIFEBOOK S937 is a touch-enabled notebook for the most demanding traveller. Its slim lightweight design impresses with a per-charge battery life of up to 21 hours and an anti-glare display which guarantees a crystal clear picture even in bright conditions.

The new LIFEBOOK U7 family is perfect for demanding mobile professionals. It’s super light, offers enterprise-grade security, a super crisp and touch FHD display, and full sized interfaces for maximum connectivity in the office.

FUJITSU has the perfect device for you AND with €100 cashback, now is the time to buy! See details here

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Jana Pütz Thursday, 01.June 2017

Gen Y: talkin’ ‘bout our generation

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When it comes to millennials – or Gen Y –  they’re the subject of constant discussion. But there’s one thing for certain: they’re a powerful addition to any workplace. They’re tech savvy, highly trained, and highly informed. But they have higher expectations and demand more from their employers. So, how can you manage millennials? Questioning […]

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When it comes to millennials – or Gen Y –  they’re the subject of constant discussion. But there’s one thing for certain: they’re a powerful addition to any workplace. They’re tech savvy, highly trained, and highly informed. But they have higher expectations and demand more from their employers. So, how can you manage millennials?

Questioning the norm

Many millennials don’t hesitate to question traditional work styles. Thanks to growing up in a super connected world, a world full of media and technology, they can easily find out how companies around the world work. So, when it comes to their own workplace, they aren’t afraid to change things up, based on what they’ve heard of and seen.

What do millennials demand from employers?

Millennials have big demands and high expectations. And they view the world of work in a very different light to earlier generations. Job security isn’t enough anymore: they want challenging and creative assignments. They want to love what they do and develop their skills. This personal development is a top priority when choosing a career.

They don’t want to be chained to a desk. The standard nine to five, for millennials, is a thing of the past. They want to work wherever and whenever they want. So, you must let your workplace be flexible if you want to attract millennials. The latest technology and hybrid devices enable this flexibility – and millennials know it. As a result, they won’t settle for subpar, restrictive technology.

They prefer to use their own devices, devices they have an affinity with and enjoy working on. So, bring your own device (BYOD) schemes are key when it comes to employing millennials. But a BYOD scheme brings its own set of security challenges, and you might need to update your IT infrastructure to accommodate one.

Why hire millennials?

Gen Y drives a new understanding of workplace IT. And while this will give you a heap of challenges to overcome, it will also give you a head start against your competitors. You’ll not only attract and keep the best new talent, but you’ll have IT that allows for forward-thinking and innovation.

BYOD can open holes in your IT security, as we’ve mentioned before. Employees will be storing private, sensitive company data on non-company devices. The solution? Upgrading your workforce’s devices. If you can choose devices that tick the boxes of the millennials, as well as offering the best IT security – you can help employees reach their potential, without risking company data.

Winning the race for talent

To have a successful business, you need the best of the best. And to get them, you need to offer schemes like BYOD, or give employees modern, stylish tech. Tech that lets them work how they want, where they want.

The argument of notebook vs. tablet is irrelevant these days, thanks to hybrid devices. Millennials no longer need to carry a notebook and a tablet around with them, or weigh up the pros and cons of each. If you can give your Gen Y employees hybrid tablets, they get the best of both worlds. Hybrid tablets, like the STYLISTIC R727 or LIFEBOOK T937, work as both tablets and notebooks, and are becoming firm favourites across the workplace. They allow millennials to adjust their device depending on how they want to work.

It’s a huge step up from the stereotype of workplace tech. Once, work laptops were run of the mill – even boring. Now, millennials demand more. They want prestigious devices from companies with good reputations. And performance isn’t enough anymore – these devices have to be sleek and stylish.

You can find out more about BYOD, Gen Y and what we can do for your workplace in this video:

You can also find more about the workplace technology for talent HERE

In your workplace, does style come into it – or are you sold solely on the specs?

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Manuel Deuse Monday, 30.January 2017

The slate tablet is dead. Long live the 2 in 1 tablet

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Today, tablets have come a long way from being niche entertainment devices. They are rapidly evolving to function as a user’s primary computing device.

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Can you believe that the tablet has already been around for approximately 30 years? These three decades have seen a tremendous change in both the tablets themselves and how they are used. However, change took place slowly until Apple disrupted the market by introducing a touchscreen device in 2010. This milestone in the tablet’s evolution created a new class of portable gadgets for casual entertainment which are perfect for consuming videos while travelling, as well as for storing or sharing photographs.

Over time, the role of tablets has shifted. As an entertainment device, a tablet was merely complementary to a notebook. However, just like tablets made an impact on content consumption, they are now disrupting content creation, as the inclusion of keyboards, the emergence of 2 in 1 devices and a growing number of dedicated applications have resulted in tablets replacing laptops for many tasks.

And they are no longer just consumer devices – organizations from multiple sectors are using tablets to improve a variety of business processes. Today, almost every sales representative is armed with a tablet that enables him or her to pull up relevant data and present it directly to customers. The Internet of Things has also created new opportunities for tablets. As more businesses use RFID tags to track their assets, more and more employees are being equipped with tablets and RFID readers to easily keep track of their stock.

In addition, retailers have embraced the fact that the inherent portability of tablets allows them to provide faster, friendlier service – with customer-facing staff using them to take orders or payment from any location. Schools and hospitals are also deploying tablets, creating educational experiences to support all learning preferences and putting a wealth of data at the fingertips of healthcare professionals.

More recently, tablets have evolved to meet new market demands of the marketplace and are gaining traction even in office environments Today, there are now many more 2 in 1 devices available – essentially, tablets with detachable keyboards that allow workers to transition seamlessly from fieldwork to the office. New features are also adding value, for example Fujitsu’s advanced biometric PalmSecure vein scanning which provides highly secure, but user-friendly access to select tablets. Ruggedized tablets are also gaining traction in some commercial areas.

Today, tablets have come a long way from being niche entertainment devices. They are rapidly evolving to function as a user’s primary computing device. According to leading research firm IDC (1), tablets are among the top IT spending priorities for 2017 in enterprises in UK, France, Germany and Sweden. Over two thirds of companies in these countries are evaluating or planning to purchase slate or detachable devices in the short term.

The slate tablet is dead. Long live the 2 in 1 tablet

For example, Fujitsu’s STYLISTIC R series is fast becoming the notebook of choice for many road warriors due to its ability to transform into a full performance and full productivity notebook with the addition of its slim magnetic keyboard. Its 4G/LTE enterprise-grade connectivity and security features such as encrypted drives also fulfills the requirements of IT departments.

This trend is driven by the desire to increase employees’ productivity, enabling them to collaborate easily, and to work flexibly from anywhere and at any time. Digital and workplace transformation strategies are also a key driver for tablet adoption. Enterprises’ maturing attitude to tablets can be attributed to their ability to support new digital processes while maximizing engagement with a highly technology savvy customer base.

For those businesses yet to adopt tablets, security concerns remain the primary barrier for purchasing, followed by concerns over the total cost of ownership. Also on respondents’ minds was the issue of application development and the challenges that updating, for example, bespoke vertical applications, present.

The IDC report also found that in 2017, tablets will reach another key milestone. It will be the year that hybrid devices hit the mainstream – these detachable and convertible devices are likely to account for over half of newly purchased tablets. This trend is driven by more widespread acceptance of the tablet. Where tablets were once viewed by businesses as industrial devices, more suited for vertical sectors, they are now securing their place as content creation devices for businesses of all types.

Fujitsu’s is well placed to address this new age of tablets. The expertise gathered from 30 years in the tablet industry has led to the development of a full portfolio that spans from 2in1 devices to ruggedized industrial versions, all of which are designed to empower businesses to achieve the full potential of digital transformation projects.

Balancing the demands of end users with an enterprise’s security needs will be the key to successful deployments. European IT departments want to remain in full control of both the hardware and software that employees are using. If businesses can achieve both flexibility and security, they open up a wealth of new opportunities for staff mobility and collaboration, particularly when equipping their workforce with flexible hybrid devices.

For more information about the findings of the IDC research study and how tablets are evolving, please click on our infographic here: https://sp.ts.fujitsu.com/dmsp/Publications/public/br-Tablet-IDC-Infographic.pdf or watch a recent debate at Fujitsu Forum: Can Tablets Drive the Journey to the Digital Workplace? The discussion features Marta Fiorentini, Research Manager EMEA Personal Computing at IDC, Ntokozo Ncongwane, Consumer Marketing Strategy Manager EMEA at Intel and Ruediger Landto, Head of Category Management Client Computing Devices EMEIA at Fujitsu. To learn more about Fujitsu’s tablets, please visit: http://www.fujitsu.com/fts/products/computing/pc/tablets/

The slate tablet is dead. Long live the 2 in 1 tablet

 

(1) IDC’s study “Tablet in Enterprise 2.0 – The Large Opportunity” – based on 1,500 interviews to IT and LOB decision makers in ten vertical sectors across UK, France, Germany and Sweden

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Rüdiger Landto Monday, 02.January 2017

Fit for Digitalization in a Hyper-connected World

Future Workplace, The Workplace for Talent, The Secure Workplace

Digitalization within a hyper-connected world challenges companies in different ways. The expectations of modern customers as well as companies are faced with a fast changing workplace environment. Through globalization, connectivity and mobility are more important than ever before. Workplace transformation is on the rise with maximizing flexibility and at the same time minimizing costs. Shared […]

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Digitalization within a hyper-connected world challenges companies in different ways. The expectations of modern customers as well as companies are faced with a fast changing workplace environment. Through globalization, connectivity and mobility are more important than ever before. Workplace transformation is on the rise with maximizing flexibility and at the same time minimizing costs. Shared desk solutions become increasingly important as they enable companies and their workforce to use expensive office space more flexibly and collaborate more effectively. The basic prerequisite for today’s work is the possibility to operate from anywhere and anytime. Therefore companies need to provide their employees with the right choice of notebooks to meet everyone’s needs.

Given the possibility of minimizing required space for hardware, more focus can be laid on design than ever before. This directly influences our outward appearance and perception of success. But still, a pretty and slick design won’t impress without the proper functionality.

With all this in mind, we have designed the new LIFEBOOK U7 family.

We wanted to create a series of devices that can adjust to the major types of modern business users. As such, we came up with not only one, but three devices representing one notebook family to fulfill the needs of our users. The new LIFEBOOK U727 fits business professionals who are in need of a small yet powerful device. With its 12.5-inch screen, 1.3 kg and only 19mm thin, it fits in every bag and is targeted at users who are always on the move. If a workday is mostly deskbound, the larger 15.6-inch screen of the LIFEBOOK U757 is perfect for working with multiple displays or creating spreadsheets. The LIFEBOOK U747 brings the best out of both worlds. The bigger 14.0-inch screen creates the perfect balance between business trips and a full day of ergonomic mobile working. All three family members are based on the latest 7th generation Intel® Core ™ processor and share the same BIOS image, mainboard and components, which streamlines management for IT departments and helps drive down lifetime costs.

When it comes to connectivity, the LIFEBOOK U7 family is compatible with the Classic Port Replicator but also utilizes the new USB-Type C Port Replicator, which enables new shared desk scenarios. The USB-Type C Port Replicator supports charging and data communications with only one cable solution making work place sharing more efficient. There is also no need for LIFEBOOK U7 users to compromise when it comes to connectivity, since all models feature built-in VGA ports and a full-sized LAN connector wherefore no adapters are needed.

The new LIFEBOOK U7 family guarantees ergonomic viewing with the anti-glare HD, FHD or FHD touch display option to make the most out of your screens capabilities. The use of more magnesium-aluminum better reflects durability and reliability within hectic work and life styles no matter if on a plane, train or anywhere else.

Security has always been a priority for Fujitsu. Next to an integrated SmartCard Reader and TPM 2.0, the new LIFEBOOK U7 family supports fingerprint or Fujitsu’s PalmSecure technology to enable user authentication without passwords.

The LIFEBOOK U7 notebook line-up will be available to order in Europe, Middle East, India and Africa from November, with the first shipments expected in January 2017. Pricing varies according to model, configuration and country.

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Jana Pütz Thursday, 17.November 2016