2019 Technology Trends for Small Business

Whether you or your employees work from home, on the road, or move from one location to another within your business, being able to work effectively from anywhere is key to maintaining a competitive advantage with both customers and employees. Is your business meeting customer and employee expectations for mobility?

Having the technology in place that allows your employees to work wherever they are gives your business the ability to provide the real-time responsiveness your customers expect. It also offers the flexibility today's employees seek, helping to give your business a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining employees.

A survey commissioned by Intermedia reports that 91% of small and medium businesses (SMBs) already have mobile employees.1 Whether your business is one of them or whether you are just considering enabling remote work, the right technology is essential to making mobility your competitive advantage.

Reach for the Cloud: Mobile-Friendly Applications

For employees to work remotely, SMBs must develop a mobile strategy that allows workers to easily access data, applications, and other essential resources required to do their jobs. Taking advantage of cloud computing technology and software as a service (SaaS) can help.

By storing and sharing data in the cloud, your employees can work effectively from any location. More than six in 10 (63%) of SMBs are estimated to currently use cloud computing.2

An additional 33% are either actively planning to employ cloud technology or assessing how best to use it in their businesses.2

Cloud-based SaaS allows employees to access the software applications they need, no matter where they are. From online calendars and web conferencing tools to popular business apps such as Microsoft Office* 365, SaaS allows your whole team to work together even when they're spread across the globe.

To help maximize the results of cloud computing technology and SaaS apps, be sure to furnish your team with up-to-date computer hardware. Most SaaS applications need powerful processors to function optimally. Running SaaS applications on an older PC may hinder performance, diminishing potential productivity benefits.

A PC for Every Need: Mobile-Friendly Hardware

Mobile employees need hardware that's flexible enough for every setting they work in, from the office to the client job site, from a hotel room to a moving train. To choose the right computer hardware, look for PCs that meet the needs of each employee based on his or her job role and daily tasks.

For example, laptops powered by the latest Intel® Core™ mobile processors combine powerful performance and portability to keep employees in the flow, wherever they go.

Laptops co-engineered with Intel for mobile performance and powered by the latest Intel® Core™ processors are designed to be responsive, wake instantly3 and ready to go when you need it. With extended battery life on FHD (1080p) displays,3 laptops co-engineered with Intel for mobile performance and featuring the latest Intel® Core™ processors can go the distance – even with your everyday programs running.

Connection is not a problem either. Laptops co-engineered with Intel for mobile performance and powered by the latest Intel® Core™ processors let you stay connected wherever you are. Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) delivers best-in-class wireless4 for fast and reliable connections, even on networks with lots of devices attached. And models featuring 4G LTE make sure you can stay online even when you're away from the office. Additionally, the included Thunderbolt™ 3 port – the fastest USB-C available5– allows for lightning-fast, single-cable connections to displays, storage, accessories — and even power.

Make the Mobile-Friendly Choice

The right technology is crucial to a successful mobile strategy. Look for mobile devices whose hardware exceeds the software vendor's recommended system requirements by at least 50%. Recommended system requirements generally reflect only the minimum necessary for the software to run. By selecting more powerful hardware, you'll equip your business with mobile devices that not only perform efficiently today but can also support your business needs tomorrow.

From cloud-based collaboration software to up-to-date computer hardware, providing employees with technology designed for mobile work will help them be productive and efficient no matter where they are. Purchasing PCs with powerful capabilities for remote work can help increase both customer and employee satisfaction, helping your business gain a competitive edge in an increasingly mobile world.

Disclaimers

Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors.

Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information, visit www.intel.com/benchmarks.

產品與效能資訊

1

這項調查的委託人是 Intermedia,由全球化中小企業 IT 市場分析與產業分析組織 Techaisle 執行。共計 270 家美國中小企業,包含規模介於 10 到 99 名員工的企業 IT 與業務決策者,完成了這項在 2017 年 11 月進行的調查。結果擷取自 21 分鐘的線上問卷調查表,配額抽樣取決於員工規模類別。資料來源:全新研究將可靠性列為中小企業購買 UCaaS 的最高優先事項。

2

Gartner 在 2017 年 4 月與 5 月間進行此問卷調查,對象為擁有超過 10 名員工,且年營收低於 1 億美元的 699 家美國中小企業。此問卷調查不包括非營利組織。符合資格的受訪者為企業採購技術的決策者或對決策具有大幅影響力的人員。資料來源:Gartner 的《Top Technology Trends for SMBs》(中小企業的重要技術趨勢)問卷調查,由 Capterra 引用。

3

「不到 2 秒就從睡眠狀態喚醒」:按下按鈕、打開電腦螢幕或是語音即可顯示並準備驗證。

4

同級產品中最佳的 Wi-Fi 6:Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) 產品支援選用 160MHz 通道,為典型的 2x2 802.11 AX PC Wi-Fi 產品提供最快速的理論最高速度 (2402Mbps)。相較於僅支援 80 MHz 通道強制要求的標準 2x2 (1201 Mbps) 或 1x1 (600 Mbps) 802.11 AX PC Wi-Fi 產品,頂級 Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) 產品可提供快達 2 至 4 倍的理論最高速度。

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Thunderbolt™ 技術:相較於其他的電腦 I/O 連線技術,包括 eSATA、USB 與 IEEE 1394 Firewire*。效能表現會因使用的特定硬體與軟體而異。必須使用具備 Thunderbolt™ 功能的裝置。