How to Work and Collaborate Confidently in a Hybrid World

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  • An increasingly mobile workforce creates challenges for organizations.
  • Speed, performance, and security are the main issues to address.
  • Businesses can turn to several technology tools to help their organizations operate effectively in this environment.

The business world is entering a new frontier where mobility reigns. Navigating through this shift, enterprises are now prioritizing speed, performance, and security in their technology. Organizations today face a huge challenge: helping their employees collaborate effectively in remote work environments while maintaining the privacy and security of corporate networks.

It used to be that running a business was simple: employees showed up for work, meetings were face-to-face, data flowed freely internally, and secure network connections were pretty much a given.

But the landscape has changed. Today, business happens everywhere with an onsite, remote and hybrid workforce that seeks to collaborate with colleagues and customers as seamlessly and securely as possible from the location of their choice.

Fortunately, technology has kept pace with increased needs for mobility, speed, performance, and privacy. Modern workforces are equipped with a new generation of smart tools – headsets, microphones, cameras, speakers, laptops, docking stations, monitors, software and apps – to optimize team collaboration and enhance privacy and performance while minimizing risk to the end user and maintaining adequate security. .

Secure mobility is the first step

The ability to move safely between workspaces is essential for today’s mobile workforce. Workplace safety is now a priority, whether sitting in the office, at home by the kitchen table or in an airport internet cafe.

Many mobile devices now come with privacy features specifically designed for working in offsite environments. After all, who wants to lug around clunky privacy screen protectors? With new innovations like Dell Optimizer Intelligent Privacy, built on the Intel vPro® platform, you don’t have to. The latest version includes:

  • Spectator detection. This specialized privacy feature allows users to texturize or enter secure screen mode when a device detects unwanted viewers.
  • Gaze detection. Another advanced privacy protection designed to combat wandering eyes, this feature dims the screen when the user looks away, protecting on-screen data while preserving battery life.
  • Express Login. This privacy feature allows for easy control by waking or locking devices based on detecting a user’s presence.

Other innovative privacy features include webcam shutter protection, which syncs with video conferencing software to prevent webcam snooping, or fingerprint readers on the power buttons to limit unwanted access.

Increase speed, agility and performance with software tools

As the remote workforce grows, organizations need a way to bring the office to their employees. This is where collaboration software applications come in, providing new forums for connection and collaboration, regardless of location. These platforms have become popular, with nearly 80% of workers using collaboration software tools to help with work in 2021.

Centralized project management platforms like Asana, Trello, Monday, Slack, Basecamp, and Salesforce support collaboration by allowing employees to share knowledge, data, and resources even when working in different worlds. Some platforms even target specific industries: Hubspot helps marketing teams collaborate on planning and executing omnichannel marketing campaigns, while GitHub gives DevOps teams a place to connect and share software development resources.

Many collaboration platforms offer video conferencing and social networking, document and task management, search engines, and security features. Some apps like Zoom and GoToMeeting focus solely on video conferencing for remote teams, with many recent technology upgrades dramatically improving the quality of video conferencing. Advanced webcam and touchpad features, multi-monitor functionality, and AI-enhanced noise cancellation improve performance and speed up collaboration for remote workers.

Speaking of improvement, collaboration software tools increase workforce productivity by 20-30%, according to recent online collaboration software statistics for 2022. New advanced features make life easier for employees through increased mobility, speed and performance. For example, Basecamp’s new Doors feature provides direct links to all apps for increased agility, and Salesforce’s Collaborative Forecast offering helps improve performance by planning and tracking expected sales cycles for remote teams.

Stay connected for optimized collaboration

Some of the newest laptops and workstations incorporate the most advanced Wi-Fi technology, such as Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E, and two network connections (wired and wireless) simultaneously for faster downloads and better video quality. These devices enable secure and efficient collaboration by maintaining a strong network connection.

WiFi 6 is a faster and more secure option based on the security protocol of WPA3 technology, which complicates the process of cracking passwords and helps limit the usefulness of stolen data.

A remote workforce equipped with the latest WiFi 6 routers and portable devices offering 4G or 5G speed is ready for business – able to maintain the secure and reliable connection needed to stay connected with internet speeds up to 6 times faster fast.

Looking forward

As businesses enter a new frontier with the remote workforce as the norm, the ability to connect and collaborate remotely securely and efficiently will prove essential for future success.

Ultimately, leading organizations will adopt AI-powered optimization tools allowing remote employees to afford the luxury of doing business anywhere, enjoying increased privacy and enhanced collaboration. while working safely from the location of their choice..

To find how Dell Technologies with Intel can help your team maximize security and productivity.

This post was created by Insider Studios with Dell Technologies and Intel.

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