Archive | January 7, 2022

Samsung for Business

Over the past 18 months the demands on the IT industry have never been greater especially in client computing. The global pandemic has caused much disruption, forcing organisations to accommodate changes to their previous ways of working at unprecedented speeds. 

The adoption of hybrid and remote working patterns have driven the need for more robust and agile infrastructures, supported by device requirements that enable ‘anytime, anywhere’ working, be that an office desk, coffee table or kitchen worktop. Whilst supply chains stood up well initially, they soon started to creek and even the well-established IT hardware providers started to struggle with inventory shortages. 

There has been at least one piece of good news throughout all these disruptions, the re-introduction of Samsung to the mobile computing market, which in turn has added further weight to their business portfolio.

Samsung now boasts a comprehensive range of Galaxy Book laptop products from their Entry-Level Galaxy Book Go, to their High-End Galaxy Book 360. Acknowledging changes to the business world, along with increased user demand, has led to Samsung not rigidly following the well-trodden ‘Wintel’ path. They do offer some stunning designs based on Intel’s EVO based platform but have also introduced both Chromebooks and Qualcomm CPU based devices.  

We shouldn’t be surprised that Samsung have launched such a complete range of laptop devices based on their market leading heritage in the mobile phone and tablet space. Similar to their approach with mobile phones and tablets you won’t be surprised to read that their laptops feature the latest technologoies such as AMOLED displays, Integrated 5G, WiFi 6E, as well as being thin and light in design, yet maintaining all the durability features required of a business class device.

Samsung have wisely followed other manufacturers lead in terms of their Eco system integration. Their computing range connects seamlessly to other Galaxy devices, smartphones and tablets and offers some great features for example the use of Samsung tablet as a secondary display for the laptop as well as shared accessories such as S-Pen and the ability to charge Galaxy Smartphones and tablets via an inbuilt USB-C charging facility of the Laptop.

With today’s constrained product market, we should also mention that Samsung’s supply chain management and control around their design, manufacturing and logistics processes unsurprisingly also applies to their business computing devices. This should hopefully ensure that committed inbound device shipments arrive as planned and on schedule.

When you consider Samsung’s already significant footprint with Enterprise variants of their Smartphones and tablet devices, which are under pinned by their KNOX Secure, Deploy and Manage software suite and business class support, the addition of these new Computing products really does elevate their position in the corporate and SMB marketplace.  

When it’s time for organisations to review their mobile compute platforms it’s worth including Samsung in for consideration and assess the benefits they could offer.

For further information please reach out to your Computacenter Account team who will be able to assist you.

Time to have your cake and eat it ……. without compromise

Hybrid working continues to be a dominant word as organisations continue to plot their path through the latest phase of the pandemic. We have seen many challenges overcome and changes adopted as the commercial world looked to mobilise what wasn’t previously a mobile workforce. In many cases mobilising a workforce and enabling hybrid working resulted in a plethora of new devices being purchased. Unfortunately, as many organisations discovered, this surge in demand was replicated worldwide so the ‘supply well’ inevitably started to run dry, which then caused product constraints. In some cases, this led to an additional outcome where employees were permitted to utilise their personal devices for corporate use. Challenges around Device Management and Security therefore increased.   

When Intel introduced their 11th Generation client CPUs earlier this year, they took the opportunity to revamp an initiative previously known as Project Athena and the ‘EVO’ branding for laptops was born. Like its predecessor (Project Athena), for hardware manufacturers products to qualify for the EVO brand they need to comply with a set of Intel guidelines which are designed to improve responsiveness, offer long battery life with fast charging, support instant wake-up and provide best in class connectivity. The usability of these devices is also a focus which has led to Thin and Light designs that are both aesthetically pleasing and desirable. Throughout the year the introduction of new EVO based products have been on the increase with Dell, HP, Lenovo being joined by Microsoft, Samsung, Acer, Dynabook and ASUS.

Apple, with their MacBook and Microsoft, with their Surface laptops have both done a fantastic job in recent years in designing and producing products that are both desirable and feature rich. By adhering to the EVO standards, other Hardware manufacturers are now equipped with similar products that are aimed at providing the end user with an exceptional experience anywhere.

Not stopping there, and to further increase the EVO appeal to business organisations, Intel have also coupled its vPro technology platform to the EVO branding creating the ‘Intel EVO vPro platform’. The result of this is that organisations can offer the best of both worlds to their employees, the desirability, and high-end features of EVO, along with the enterprise class security, performance, and manageability of vPro.

As you have probably figured out already, products that qualify for the Intel EVO vPro platform are positioned at the premium end of the scale, but we are increasingly seeing organisations move towards devices that offer their end users a more ‘experiential’ outcome thus showing them their value to the business. These increased feature devices can also help organisation with employee retention or help attract new candidates when offered as part of their joining package. 

The future is also bright for the Intel EVO vPro Platform as we believe there are further enhancements when Intel releases it next generation ‘Alder Lake’ CPU in the first half of 2022.

If you haven’t done so already, I would encourage you to take a look at products that conform to the Intel EVO vPro Platform. Whilst they may not fit all your ‘Personas’ or ‘Workstyles’ they will almost certainly improve the user experience in those they do.

Computacenter have produced a useful summary guide that positions the Intel EVO vPro Platform. This along with a short, animated video can be found at the following URL –

For further information please reach out to your Computacenter Account team who will be able to assist you.

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