Intel is hard at work to ditch the wires in order to drive its business PC market.
Future business PCs will have “no wires” capabilities. This will include an enterprise version of the Intel Wireless Display (Intel WiDi) technology found in Intel-based consumer laptops, wireless docking for desktop devices and wireless charging of the laptop itself, all as part of an improved user experience intended to drive uptake of Intel’s business client platforms.
Intel still sees a prominent place for the PC in businesses. Despite the growing use of more mobile devices such as tablets and large smartphones (phablets) in the workplace as part of the BYOD trend, Intel announced its progression to wireless PC capabilities as part of its Business Client strategy.
78% of companies say there are more than twice as many personal devices connecting to corporate networks now than compared to two years ago.
“Our strategy is to collapse that distinction, close that gap in terms of how a business PC looks and feels. If you want a nice slim, visually appealing device, you don’t have to compromise and buy a consumer PC, you can get that in a business PC. You also get a PC that is much more manageable, and designed with a level of durability above that of a consumer device,” says vice president of Intel’s PC Client Group, Tom Garrison.
In fact, Intel reported higher than expected profits in June, because of stronger than expected demand for PCs. While many people expected PCs to be replaced by more mobile devices because of the phase out and end of support for XP by Microsoft, Garrison actually observed businesses moving to a shorter refresh cycle in order to take advantage of newer, more capable hardware.
“On average workloads you can see between 15 and 28 days of increased productivity per year per user by moving to new client devices,” he claimed.
Some analysts are now recommending clients move to a two-year refresh cycle because of this, he added.
While the emerging mobile market shouldn’t be taken lightly by electronics recyclers and IT asset management vendors, the reality is 89% of e-waste is being pushed to the side due to popularity in recycling mobile devices.
According to a study by the US environmental Protection Agency only 11% of electronic waste is made up of mobile devices, the remaining 89% is computers, accessories, televisions and TV peripherals.
Don’t get it twisted. Mobile asset management and disposition is absolutely necessary. However, electronics recyclers must not ignore the dire need for computer, server and other IT equipment handling.
HOBI considers the whole spectrum of electronics recycling. Not only do our R2-certified locations offer mobile asset management and recycling services, but enterprise asset services as well. EASE, HOBI’s enterprise asset services is an all-encompassing solution for managing your enterprise’s IT assets from data management and erasure to asset resale and certified recycling.
EASE provides enterprises with a complete spectrum of services:
- Data Security & Erasure
- Data Center Relocations
- Data Management
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- Remarketing and Resale
- Reporting & Compliance
- Risk Mitigation
- Technical Services
The PC is still thriving. If EASE is something you think would benefit your company, contact HOBI with further questions.