We’ve seen the trend in industries across the board: mobile computing is more popular than ever before, even in the workplace. However, design and engineering professionals have a few barriers associated with switching over to mobile. For a long time, devices had neither the power nor the performance for accommodating the software tools most often used in these industries.
However, a few improvements have made it possible for design and engineering professionals to switch to ‘mobile mode’ when it works for them. High-speed networks, cloud services, improvements in security, and other advancements have helped accommodate this trend.
Are mobile workstations right for my company?
To meet deadlines and accommodate workflow, employers need to allow professionals to use the technology that works for them. Here are 10 of the top reasons that employers should adopt mobile workstations for engineers and designers.
They make the workday flexible.
Mobile flexibility allows employees to get their work done where it works for them, whether it’s during downtime, on commutes, or anywhere else outside of the office. This increased productivity helps meet any extra expenses associated with mobile workstations.
Design modifications and changes get done more quickly.
There are numerous versions and changes that must happen before a project is completed. This involved a lot of back-and-forth between those working within the team. Mobile computing helps decrease the amount of time that lapses between these exchanges.
Employees can work from home.
Retention and job satisfaction both benefit from the ability of employees to work from home. When employees don’t come into the office, that doesn’t mean that they completely lose productivity. Mobile hardware, network access, and security solutions are all it takes to allow employees to work from home.
Files can be accessed remotely.
File access services are a key part of mobility solutions that must not be overlooked. With the right technology, users can access remote, central servers from mobile as they view and modify them without ever having those files leave the service. Infrastructure is key to maintaining security.
Employee performance boosts through mobile workstations.
In the past, some employers thought that employee performance would suffer from using mobile workstations. This is no longer true. The new Lenovo ThinkPad W541 mobile workstation accommodates high-level work with a 5th generation quad core Intel CoreTM i7 processor, up to 32GB of memory, up to 512GB SSD in storage, and up to an NVIDIA Quadro K2100M graphics card with 2BG of memory. Software packages like Autodesk Design Suite and similar applications have been tested on these workstations work extremely well. Mobile designers and engineers now have access to mobile workstations that work just as well as desktop.
More mobile software products are on the market.
Software vendors are increasingly using ‘mobile friendly’ versions of their products. Autodesk 360 is a leader in this. Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is one tablet that can be used as a mobile workstation that accommodates these products.
Cloud-powered solutions are now available.
Hardware devices must work with networks and services to ensure maximum ROI; this is true for designers and engineers especially who have specialized computing demands. Cloud-based solutions have exploded in popularity in recent years, and add an important set of accommodations that increase mobile workstation ROI.
On-site time is more productive.
Security experts have encouraged employers in recent years to limit the number of vendors they partner with for mobile security. The more types of devices you have, the greater your risk of a security breach. It’s important to select a vendor like Lenovo who can offer a wide range of mobile devices that appeal to every user on your team.
For workstation users in engineering and design, smart phones have played second fiddle to tablets, which may work better for particular tasks in terms of display, performance, and system capability. For instance, the ThinkPad Tablet 10 can run native Windows-based design and engineering applications. When the tablet doesn’t accommodate certain tasks, users can simply use these devices as access points for apps like Autodesk 360.
Collaboration is more efficient.
No one works alone! An increasing number of employers recognize the importance of collaboration. Seamless collaboration allows a user to ‘inform and respond’ quickly so that the project is finished faster. Team members who use mobile workstations spend more time with their work, ensuring that collaboration can happen swiftly.
For engineers and designers, mobile solutions help them complete projects more efficiently and flexibility. These workstations optimize performance and have a high ROI. As a key requirement for business success, the technology now supports the tools your employees need to get the job done. To learn more about mobile workstations for your employees, visit our website.
This post is based on an article originally featured on ThinkProgress.com.