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Preparing the desktop for the future: Key technology considerations for IT professionals

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When the COVID-19 pandemic effectively shut down the world, many companies transitioned to remote working virtually overnight. Although some employees have returned to the office as the situation improves, many continue to work remotely or increasingly use a hybrid model. As the business world continues to adapt to changes brought on by the pandemic, such as hybrid working, future-proofing the workplace with technology to adapt to the new normal is a top priority for professionals in the industry. ‘computer science.

For most companies, the shift to a hybrid workforce means the end of assigned cubicles and single-use conference rooms, and the beginning of hotel-style workspaces and multi-purpose conference rooms, as well as the need to connect to remote workers seamlessly to foster collaboration. in all teams.

While the type of work performed by your employees may vary greatly from team member to team member, they all share the need for technology that enables high performance and productivity. Providing your team with performance-oriented accessories designed specifically for professional environments will be critical to success as their workspaces remain fluid.

Two key areas to focus on when future-proofing an office are shared offices and meeting spaces. Here are some suggestions to help you create the office of tomorrow by ensuring your teams have the technology and accessories they need:

Shared offices and hosting

Where we work in the office is changing dramatically. We are moving away from assigned cubicles and focusing more on a “hotel” style office design that will allow hybrid workers to reserve a workstation for themselves in the office when visiting. The challenge with a hotel desk system is designing it to allow any member of the team to be productive on-site, regardless of their responsibilities. The work done at a hotel desk by your graphic designer or videographer will be radically different from the work done by an accountant or sales representative.

Multi-monitor workstations with ergonomic, articulating monitor arms fitted with future-proof cables, such as 8K UHD HDMI cables, will ensure that any team member booked for the day will have a setup allowing it to function at its best.

Universal laptop docking stations are essential for shared workspaces as they ensure compatibility with all major hardware brands and operating systems. Integrating these docking stations into shared offices and hotel environments ensures that all employees will be able to easily connect their laptops to the network and peripherals, as well as reduce support requests due to compatibility issues. Performance-focused, professional-grade docking stations are essential for the future-proof office, offering increased physical security protections such as universal locking ports, screw-locking cables, and all-in-one VESA mounts. reducing the risk of loss through physical device security. Enterprise-grade docking stations give IT departments more management options with support for IT management utilities such as MAC address pass-through and Wi-Fi auto-switching.

In some cases, providing your employees with more portable solutions such as USB-C powered multiport adapters may be a better option than integrating docking stations into workstations. These adapters are portable and have multiple ports that will allow your team members to connect their laptops to the office and easily transport them to a new location. This powerful and portable alternative to docking stations offers many of the same features and management capabilities, like a full range of data and video connectivity options as well as charging capability. An added benefit of multiport adapters is their driverless design. A team member with a new laptop or a traveling team member visiting the office can connect their devices without the need for IT assistance.

The meeting room

Over the years, supporting the various technologies used in meeting rooms or conference rooms has become one of IT professionals’ worst nightmares. Because meeting rooms are typically designed using proprietary connectivity hardware, users often experience issues projecting their screen, accessing the room’s computer system, or connecting Microsoft Teams or Zoom to the audio system in the room. the room. Even in a technology-driven company like StarTech.comexclusive conference room solutions have been a Pandora’s box for help desk team members.

Focus on transitioning conference rooms to become a more robust and inclusive environment with connectivity solutions such as a pass-through conference table enclosure containing HDMI, Ethernet, audio and other connections that connect directly to meeting room televisions and projectors. This allows any team member or outside visitor easy access to conference room technology and removes the fear that today’s “Zoom Rooms” will interact with tomorrow’s hardware and software. .

The sustainability of the meeting room does not stop at the simplification of the connection. You also need to ensure that connectivity solutions take into account technological advancements, for example by equipping display solutions with certified 8K ultra-high definition (UHD) HDMI cables and adapters. Laptops and accessories used today may not require or support 8K resolution, but over time these devices will be upgraded and able to take advantage of existing higher performance infrastructure. Also, don’t neglect tIt is important to update dongles and peripherals, such as USB-C display adapters. While the USB-A connector is still widely used, the number of devices that exclusively use USB-C ports continues to grow. Integrating USB-C adapters into your workplace infrastructure is key to ensuring compatibility with your team’s devices and minimizing downtime.

Ensuring your desktop is future-proof can be a daunting task for IT professionals. Incorporating the right technology and accessories into your workplace will set your team up for success by maximizing performance and productivity, wherever they choose to work.

Kevin Luff is director of product strategy at StarTech.com.