Previously, there was a choice to be made between the power and performance of an office-based desktop or the mobility that’s offered by a laptop. Now the distinction is disappearing. Desktops are getting smaller and more easily portable, so they can fit in virtually any space. At the same time, laptops can have the processing power of any desktop and more. See how this can benefit the new workforce and how modern technology can accommodate new ways of working.
Modern businesses are well aware that work is changing, for a lot of different reasons. Time spent working in the office was in decline long before the global pandemic forced businesses to quickly adopt a more remote style of working. So, what’s driving the change? In part, it’s due to younger workers placing more emphasis on flexible working. This has meant that organisations have had to adopt more flexible models in order to make their business appealing to top talent.
However, that flexibility wouldn’t even be possible were it not for the advances in technology that have set workers free from their desks and offices. Powerful computers and improved connectivity have enabled that flexible approach. In 2019, globally, 50% of employees were working remotely for at least half the week[i]. This trend brings with it a host of considerations and debate. Businesses question the effects of flexibility on productivity, reliability and overall employee experience, but for this blog, we want to know – is it even practical?
If our needs for computation weren’t constantly increasing, the simple answer would be “yes”. Modern laptops are now able to rival traditional desktop PCs in terms of processing power, with the added benefit of being portable. Meanwhile, the same technological advantages that allowed manufacturers to inject more power into laptops, have opened up a world of new possibilities for desktop PCs. However, the more technology improves, the more requirements for improved performance seem to emerge.
Certain modern jobs require higher processing power than ever. People working in sectors such as Design, Engineering, Architecture, Media and Energy need machines that are able to handle exceptionally complex graphics computations. High quality visualisation is a common requirement for these industries, and the ability to render Virtual Reality or support Artificial Intelligence is also becoming more and more common. Traditionally, these tasks would depend on the heavyweight performance of a desktop that remains in the office, but as we know, that approach is no longer in step with the workforce.
So, to make remote work practical, business have turned to smaller and increasingly powerful, portable desktops. People can now quickly undock their desktop machine and bring it with them, so they can rely on extra processing power wherever they need it.
For example, the ThinkStation P330 Tiny is the world’s smallest workstation. It’s a one-liter device that can easily be transported and deployed wherever it’s needed. It supports up to six independent displays, meaning remote workers can conveniently plug in at home and rely on an office-quality set up within a few moments.
Alternatively, for an even more flexible remote working option that integrates keyboard and display, ThinkPad P53 mobile workstations provide high-end Intel® processing and NVIDIA® Quadro® graphics in a laptop. These machines are ISV-certified and powerful enough to render VR, or handle AI projects on the move.
Now that more people are working remotely, the practical challenges for managing resource-intensive tasks away from the office are well known. ThinkStation PCs provide people with the option of remote visualisation and edge computing to resolve issues of image quality, latency and performance. Practically, high-performance working should be possible from anywhere now. All that remains is the need for a reliable Internet connection.
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[i] The annual IWG Global Workspace survey (2019) https://www.iwgplc.com/global-workspace-survey-2019