Is Your Infrastructure Inhibiting Productivity?

Your sales associate is about to run through a Microsoft® PowerPoint presentation on her ARM tablet that she created using her Windows® desktop. Her first slide features a 5-minute video which ran perfectly on her work PC. She starts the presentation and there are problems out of the gate. The video seems to be stuck; it won’t start. Are these kinds of technological roadblocks turning your company’s hot prospects cold?

Mixing Apples and Oranges

Even the best business is only as good as the integrity of its content. With the rise of BYOD, it has been difficult to keep documents compatible and consistent. In a recent study, Prowess Consulting examined how Microsoft Office files performed when opened by the office productivity suites included on Android® and iOS® devices.

Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 2.27.10 PM.pngThe results were eye opening. In the cross-platform content integrity study, only the HP® ElitePad® 1000 G2 and the HP® EliteBook Revolve® 810 G2 ran smoothly with no content decay in Microsoft® Office files in head-to-head tests with Android and iOS devices. The kinds of issues uncovered during the study are creating many of the productivity disruptions businesses frequently face today.

Not only do some of the content decay problems pose productivity hurdles, but they could impact your business on a larger scale. For example, think of the headache your finance department would suffer if the column totals from a Microsoft® Excel spreadsheet did not sum properly on their device, as observed in the study.

A COPE-ing Strategy for IT Decision Makers

Your business can avoid major productivity hurdles and maintain document integrity by standardizing your IT infrastructure. While true standardization is far from realistic, the best way your company can combat these problems is to use devices with a common operating system and applications.

Adopting a COPE (Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled) device strategy is one way companies are striking back against content decay and drops in productivity. This strategy of offering a range of compatible devices for employees to use (rather than running roughshod with BYOD) creates a more stable work environment while offering the flexibility of BYOD. If you’re looking for a straightforward solution to a complicated problem, adopting a COPE strategy may be right for your business.

For more information on content decay and device standardization, click here to check out the full results of the Prowess Consulting study.