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 – https://www.computacenter.com/uk/vendor-partnerships/intel/computacenter-and-intel-evo-vpro
For further information please reach out to your Computacenter Account team who will be able to assist you.