RESEARCH PAPER: The New Workplace Needs New PCs

By Patrick Moorhead - January 18, 2016
Enterprise PCs are behind the times. As people become more reliant on connectivity, convenience, and speed from their personal smartphones and tablets, they are demanding the same from their work PCs as well. Millennials have their own expectations about work and devices for work. Workplaces are enabling, and even encouraging, more mobility. And new interface and usage models proliferate. Companies need new PCs to address the new workplace. Enterprises should consider upgrading their fleets of Enterprise PCs at a faster pace than previously. Recent hardware improvements make new Enterprise PCs even more attractive than the current average 5 year old installed base. Many of these improvements are a result of introduction of the new Intel Skylake processor and many of the platform improvements that come along with it. You can download the paper here.

Table of Contents

  • Summary
  • Workplace Trends: Demanding More from PCs
  • Hardware Improvements Help Meet New Demands
  • Technologies Improving Mobility in the Workplace
  • Connectivity Technologies Improving the User Experience
  • Design & Form Factor Improving Perception & Experience
  • Responsiveness & Performance Improve Overall Experience
  • Call to Action
  • Figure 1: Putting the Pieces Together

Companies Cited

  • Dell
  • HP
  • Intel
  • Lenovo
  • Microsoft
Patrick Moorhead
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Patrick founded the firm based on his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Ten years later, Patrick is ranked #1 among technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (ARInsights)  in “press citations” (Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor at Forbes and frequently appears on CNBC. He is a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the cloud, enterprise SaaS, collaboration, client computing, and semiconductors. He has 30 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies (NCR, AT&T, Compaq, now HP, and AMD) leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.