AMD: Four top device considerations for remote workers

 Matt Unangst, director of commercial client business at AMD discusses  four ways that the right PC or laptop platform can tackle the most pressing challenges of remote working.

With the pandemic still with us, remote working has become the default. But do today’s businesses have the right tools and hardware to accommodate this seismic shift without cutting into worker productivity?

With most organisations’ remote working plans not fully operational before COVID-19, many discovered that the infrastructure put in place to support remote workers was not on a level with the infrastructure catering to in-office employees. Findings from IDC research revealed that:

·       Over half of respondents had difficulty communicating or collaborating with internal colleagues

·       43% had trouble communicating or collaborating with external stakeholders

·       Almost 40% had limited effective remote access

Boost worker productivity
Influenced by their consumer experiences, employees have high expectations that their workplace tools will be accessible and powerful enough to keep them productive. Accelerating performance of business applications is critical, particularly for “mega taskers,” or workers who toggle between everything from videoconference meetings to multiple PowerPoint presentations and spreadsheets.

Battery life is another critical element for promoting productivity when working from home or on the go. “By not having to plug in all the time, you have the flexibility to do what you need, where you need it, when you need to do it,” says Matt Unangst, Director of Commercial Client Business at AMD. “That translates into productivity gains because you get things done no matter what the environment is.”

Enable team collaboration
With many employees still working from home, it’s critical that systems support the communication necessary for remote collaboration. Applications such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, and other collaboration tools are essential for working remotely.

Graphics capabilities are also key. Matt Unangst, Director of Commercial Client Business at AMD says, “Premium graphics are more important to employees now that everyone is working remotely with colleagues and including more visual mediums as part of the content they are sharing.”

Protection for enterprise information
Security threats are on the rise with the shift towards remote working. Data breaches have increased 3x from 2018, a laptop is stolen every 53 seconds, and 80% of the costs associated with a laptop loss can be directly tied to a data breach. The fallout from COVID-19 has only exacerbated security concerns: A CSO survey found 61% of respondents are worried about attacks targeting work-from-home employees.

The likes of AMD PRO security include a multi-layered approach to security that includes silicon and firmware-level security features in addition to AMD Memory Guard, which uses system memory encryption to help reduce the threat of physical memory attacks even if the laptop is left in standby mode.

Lift the remote management burden
IT departments are already stretched thin – and supporting remote users adds to their workloads. It’s essential to simplify and streamline the management process so IT departments aren’t bogged down by fleet deployment, imaging, and patch management. Solutions need to help IT personnel reduce the time spent on remote support.

In this unprecedented era of change, businesses need a whole new level of flexibility and performance from PCs and laptops. Systems that offer AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 series processors strike the right balance between increasing worker productivity and easing the burden on IT personnel, all while keeping security features top of mind.

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