Workplace Trans·for·ma·tion and what this Means for Today’s Businesses


As I prepare for my keynote at CeBIT on March 16th in Germany, I couldn’t be more excited to discuss Workplace Transformation. After all, Europe is where this transformation started years ago. What I find interesting it that many of the challenges in the workplace haven’t changed.– To be more productive, more efficient, more collaborative and more secure today, we need a device that can keep up with our active demands and lifestyle. Intel’s vision of workplace transformation is at the forefront of technology innovation and change. We talked about this journey at the beginning of this year with the launch of our 6th Generation Intel Core™ vPro™ processor and we’ll continue it at CeBIT.


What does a water wheel, spinning wheel and a steam engine have in common? They were all created to help people be more productive. The water wheel helped aid the production of paper, the spinning wheel was developed to make rags and clothing and the steam engine was built to move large objects whether it was a train or machinery. Today, productivity continues to be top of mind. There are never enough hours in the day so it’s up to us to make the best use of the time that we do have. Even the smallest things like laptop start up time, changing your password on your machine and finding the right dongle to connect and project can add up to time lost. We need devices that can keep up so the time we spend at work is time well spent. Your PC from five years ago can no longer keep up with today’s demands. Slower performance wastes time. With today’s new PC’s you can go from zero to compute in .5 seconds and get up to 3X batter life.  Have you ever forgot your docking station at home or the wires to connect your other devices? Have you ever felt tied to your cord because your laptop can’t keep a charge through a full hour long meeting?

What if there was a way to cut the cords, the headaches, the lost time? Moving to no wires allows you to gain those lost minutes, be more productive and get time back in your busy schedule. With Intel wireless docking you can connect quickly to your monitor, mouse and keyboard securely without having to plug in any cords. Don’t just take my word for it, try the PC ROI estimator tool and see how much productive time you can give back to your employees by upgrading their PCs.


Throughout history, we’ve strived to be more efficient at work. We’ve learned to automate processes, enhance existing products and improve customer service. Workplace transformation has allowed us to be more efficient in our jobs. We rely on our PC’s to help us get work done smarter, faster and more securely. We need to be able to seamlessly work from any location, connect quickly to our devices and be able to power the most complex programs without any lag. The new 6th Gen Intel Core vPro processors can do just that. These new PC’s will transform the workplace by simplifying volumes of complex data and turning it into actionable business insights. A great example of this is the work we’re doing with Sisense, a leading business intelligence company. Sinsense enhanced their data analytics in chip solution by optimizing it for Intel Core vPro CPU's unique capabilities. What this means is employees can experience the benefit of big data analytics instantaneously through the power of their Intel Core vPro PC. Based on a Sisense benchmarking test, the value of app performance on our client platform is clear. Sinsense ran a series of representative queries across multiple years of sales data to test the power of our 6th gen Core vPro processor. The solution parsed through more than 100M rows & dozens of gigabytes of data in seconds… a ~300% improvement over a similarly configured system with a 3 year old CPU. This business impact is a testament to our commitment to power an optimal app experience that saves time and drives productivity for end users.


Collaboration began as a way of trading goods and knowledge between each other.  We still do that today as we collaborate with co-workers, partners and clients all over the world and sharing work shouldn’t have to be a difficult experience. Before you had to fuss with finding the right adapter for your PC to project. Today, we are powering smarter conference rooms and real-time collaboration and data sharing, whether you are in the same room or across the globe, using Intel Unite. Leave your dongles and cables in your bag. With Intel Unite you can start your meetings 70% faster, view multiple screens at once, annotate directly on the screen and share files on the fly. The world is no longer a big space, but a smaller, connected place.


As technology advances, and security threats increase, the need for the enterprise to feel secure is a real issue. How do you find a PC that meets the demands of your employees and can help protect the business?  With business PC’s being used at home, on the road and the office, end-point security is critical. With multi-factor authentication you can be sure that no matter where these devices go, data and information is safe. Intel Authenticate, on the 6th Gen intel Core vPro processor, is a uniquely hardware developed multi-factor solution that uses something you know, such as a PIN, something you have, such as a mobile phone, and something you are, such as your fingerprint. Help your employees and your organization feel secure by protecting user credentials.

The more I talk about innovation and change and Intel’s vision for this transformation the more excited I am about how the development of technology will lead the way. How do you vision Workplace Transformation in your business? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Follow me on Twitter @TomMGarrison.

Until next time,


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Tom Garrison

About Tom Garrison

Tom Garrison, Vice President and General Manager of Desktop, Commercial, & Channel (DCC). oversees the desktop, business client and channel platforms. Tom joined DCC after three years as the general manager of the Business Client Platforms group, where he had responsibility for Intel’s business client and vPro™ strategies across the breadth of Intel platforms. Tom joined Intel in 1994. Prior to his time in the Client Computing Group, Tom was the General Manager of the Datacenter Engineering Group. Prior to his role leading the Datacenter Engineering Group, Tom led the Datacenter Strategic Planning organization responsible for Intel's datacenter silicon and platform roadmaps across all datacenter market segments.