Ultrabook Devices Go Mainstream for Business Use

Nothing has changed; I’m still a geek. And I still like technology—especially new technology. In this blog I want to update you on the explosion of enterprise Ultrabook devices in daily use at Intel.

For the last several years, I’ve been an IT Program Manager for Intel IT, working with our service manager to choose the platforms we offer each year in our PC program. In 2012, with the consumerization of IT and our need to meet employee demand for mobile computing options, we evaluated a number of form factors. Our goal was to determine which devices were best suited for employee productivity, as well as met our business requirements. We based our evaluation on integration—did the device integrate into our standard purchasing, support, and deployment process while meeting connectivity and security requirements—and use—did it meet the expectations of highly mobile users.

We drew a distinction between consumer-level and enterprise-level devices. Intel IT defines enterprise Ultrabook™ devices as thin and light mobile computers that have a high level of responsiveness and longer battery life, are built on Intel’s newest platform technologies with embedded security features to protect data, and have reliable connectivity and remote manageability. You can read about our evaluation criteria in our recent white paper.

When we began offering Ultrabook devices to employees, these devices accounted for approximately 10 percent of the total devices deployed and were concentrated among highly mobile employees, such as sales and marketing. Early on, it became clear that enterprise Ultrabook devices can handle our daily workloads and security requirements while also meeting employee expectations for convenience and productivity. By 2013 the increase in touch-enabled applications for business was creating greater demand for these devices, prompting us to accelerate our PC refresh program to avoid lost productivity.

Intel IT continues to evaluate new devices as they become available. These slimmer, lighter devices have replaced most standard laptops for daily computing at Intel, and by 2015 76 percent of the devices deployed to employees were enterprise Ultrabook devices. Employee surveys have also indicated an increase in overall user satisfaction with these new computing options. Find out about the detailed standards Intel IT has defined for enterprise Ultrabook devices, as well the trend in touch-enabled applications, in our white paper, “Enterprise Ultrabook™ Devices Move into the Mainstream at Intel”.

Ultrabook Devices at Intel

We’ve found that keeping up with the ever-increasing mobility of our workforce demands highly portable computing devices with reliable connectivity and longer battery life. And we didn’t have to compromise on security and manageability in order to provide that. Enterprise Ultrabook devices built on Intel® technology satisfy users as well as IT. Read the details of how we integrated Ultrabook devices into our PC refresh program at Intel.