#GartnerSym Barcelona: Intel’s Top Five Tech Trends Reworking the Workplace

It’s a very exciting time for business, as new technologies are causing disruptions across industries and allowing for amazing innovation. ‘Digital transformation’ has become a buzz word applied to everything from the way we consume and share content, connect with family and friends and go about our daily lives. We have all become conditioned to an ‘always on’ world where information is available at our fingertips anytime and anyplace we need it. This evolution has impacted a global and connected workforce demanding that companies of all sizes keep up with the growing expectations and productivity needs of their employees.

Next week at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Barcelona, Intel will be highlighting how technology is helping to rework the workplace, reshaping the way we work. Intel’s VP & General Manager of Business Client Platforms, Stephanie Hallford and Business Client Security Manager EMEA, Enrique Castera Garcia will be presenting their vision for the future of the workplace. Whether it’s using virtual reality and 3D visualization to help your design process, smarter security to help protect your assets or installing better collaboration tools to help connect a global team, Intel’s® technology is helping to rework the workplace.

Stephanie Hallford shares Intel’s perspective on how to harness digital disruption to create the workplace of tomorrow today.  She will provide guidance on things to consider as you update your workplace into the secure, managed, collaborative environment employees demand and you require. Don’t miss her presentation at the event on November 6 at 3:15 p.m. in CCIB Room 115.

If you are attending the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo event November 5th-9th in Barcelona be sure to stop by our booth #706 on the ITxpo show floor in CCIB where we will be offering hands-on demos of our workplace solutions for endpoint security, device manageability, system responsiveness, collaboration and commercial VR. You can also attend our speaker sessions, detailed below, and learn more about Intel’s vision for the future. There are five key technology trends that are redefining the workplace. Outlined below, these technology innovations require new tools and solutions to ensure IT departments and managers are equipped to keep up with the latest advances.

1. Merged Reality: Commercial virtual reality and augmented reality are changing the way we work

Virtual reality isn’t just for gaming anymore and experts predict that commercial or the business uses of VR and AR will soon outpace the gaming sector. Many industries such as manufacturing, retail, construction, and healthcare are already experiencing the benefits of virtual models and 3D visualization. Designers and architects can produce virtual models much more quickly and cost-effectively than ever before. The advances in software and hardware are enabling businesses of all sizes to benefit from virtual product design, virtual collaboration and workspaces and immersive training and simulation environments. According to Frank Soqui, General Manager of VR at Intel, “The use cases of VR to change the way we do business are endless and will absolutely transform our lives. There is not one industry that won’t be impacted by the advancements we’re seeing and many industries have already been transformed.” You can watch a recent presentation at a Gartner industry event by Soqui entitled Virtual & Augmented Reality – Consumer Hype or a Real Game Changer for Business or learn more by visiting Intel.com/VR.

2. Endpoint Security: Proliferation of connected devices and cloud storage makes standard security obsolete

Smart companies and their customers are benefitting from a workforce that is enabled to work anywhere. Data is no longer only accessible via a desktop in an office, instead, information is stored in the cloud and available in the field, on the retail floor or anywhere there is a Wi-Fi connection. This has fundamentally changed the way we work and requires a new approach for securing both our updated devices and our data. Intel’s Business Client Security Manager EMEA, Enrique Castera Garcia, outlines the new levels of protection required. "Software only solutions have proven not to solve or even reduce the size of the problem. Hardware-based security is going to change the game as hardware is much harder to hack than software. This does not mean it’s ‘unhackable’ but it makes an attacker's job much more difficult."

Because the majority of security breaches involve identity and password issues, better protecting identity threats is essential. Multifactor authentication (using multiple methods to safeguard devices) that’s grounded in hardware enabled technology, adds an additional required layer of protection. Intel® Authenticate Solution, is easy to deploy, scalable, and can be customized based on the needs of your IT department.

The second vital element to ensure adequate protection for today’s workforce is a robust data protection plan. Data is ‘on the loose’ and travels between multiple devices and the cloud. Ensuring that data is secure outside of the confines of the individual PC can help prevent costly breaches. Intel® Data Guard technology ensures employee files are automatically encrypted and remain protected on IT-managed PCs when stored locally, in the cloud, or even on a USB drive. Taking these two steps will help protect your company from the majority of security threats, however staying ahead of cyber-attacks and malware requires constant advances.  Garcia will be discussing hardware-enhanced end-point security Tuesday, November 7 at 1:10 p.m. on ITxpo stage 4. You can learn more about Intel’s end-point security solutions at Intel.com/endpointsecurity.

3. Remote Manageability: Working anytime and anywhere requires new tools to streamline device management, repair, and repurposing

The traditional computer hardwired to an Ethernet connection is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Distributed workforces and the proliferation of devices has presented new challenges to IT managers. Implementing technology that allows for remote management ensures all devices have the latest updates and can be taken offline immediately if there is a security threat. According to Stephanie Hallford, VP & General Manager of Business Client Platforms, “productivity is a key factor when considering enterprise IT management. Devices need to be easily updated and managed remotely in order to ensure the workforce can stay productive and compromised devices can be quickly remediated. Intel vPro platform offers an effective remote management solution for enterprise IT managers even when a system is without power or out-of-band." Learn more about the Intel® vPro™ platform and Intel® Active Management Technology at Intel.com/AMT.

4. Streamlined Collaboration: Smarter conferences, both locally and around the globe

Enhanced wireless technologies are allowing workers the freedom to take their work with them into the conference room and into the field. Traditional solutions that rely on hardware to enable screen sharing and collaboration during conferences such as projectors and dongles present set-up challenges and limitations costing companies valuable time and resources. The ability to seamlessly switch between presenters, regardless of location, view multiple screens at once and integrate with existing platforms such as Skype for Business* allows for shorter meeting setup time and better ways to work together.  Intel Unite® solution offers a robust toolset to help companies streamline conferences, saving time and money. Intel has deployed Intel Unite® throughout their offices worldwide, providing employees a stress-free, sharing and collaboration experience. Learn how you can move meeting setup time from minutes to seconds and provide a better experience for your employees in our Intel Unite® white paper.

5. Faster Responsiveness and High-Capacity Storage

Intel has developed a disruptive storage and memory technology that can affordably accelerate PC systems, providing uncompromising responsiveness for systems with mega storage drives. Paired with a high-capacity storage device, Intel® Optane™ memory learns users’ computing behaviors and speeds up frequent tasks based on worker habits, thereby accelerating access to data while affordably maintaining mega storage capacities. Learn more about this revolutionary technology speeding up PCs at Intel.com/optanememory.

Rework the workplace: 5 ways Intel can transform business
Rework the Workplace (Source: Intel)

We’re looking forward to learning more about the latest advances in workplace transformation next week in Barcelona. Our speaker sessions are detailed below and we’d love to see you there.  If you are unable to attend, you can follow our updates on Twitter by following @IntelBusiness.

Intel's Speaker Session Details

Presenter:  Stephanie Hallford

Title: Harness Digital Disruption to Create 2022’s Workplace Today

Date: Monday, November 6, 2017

Time: 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location:  Room 115 - CCIB

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Presenter:  Enrique Castera Garcia

Title:  Don’t Rely on Software Alone.  Protect Endpoints with Hardware-Enhanced Security

Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Time: 1:10 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location:  ITxpo Stage 4 - CCIB

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