What does it mean to be 'future fit'?

17th September 2018

Written by Paul Manson

“Get yourself future fit!” Yes, it could be a slogan on an advertisement for a local gym, underneath a picture of athletic models showing off their tanned and toned bodies. But working on fitness isn’t just important for a healthy and active lifestyle, it’s also a crucial factor in IT and business.

If your company is to grow and realise its full potential, the computer technology it relies upon must be fit enough, and advanced enough, to help build your business now and into tomorrow.

A future-fit business is never held back by the limitations of its endpoints. It has the hardware and capability to maximise today’s productivity tools and software, but also the flexibility and power to quickly adopt tomorrow’s new innovations.

It also has a core strength, built on a simple future-fitness plan: Keep it secure. Keep it stable. Keep it predictable.

Keep it secure

Security is the single biggest growth area in information and communication technology. Over recent years, biometric authentication technology – including facial recognition, fingerprint identification, and iris scans – has become increasingly sophisticated. These security features are a baseline for Microsoft’s latest operating platform, Windows 10.

There is also BitLocker, a data protection feature that integrates with Windows operating systems. By encrypting your data on your hard drive, it minimises threats of data theft or exposure from lost or stolen devices. If a staff member loses their device, you can be sure that your business’ intellectual property is inaccessible.

But there is one catch: your business can’t benefit from these vital security features if it doesn’t have the endpoints to support them.

Keep it stable

The only constant in ICT is change, especially when it comes to Microsoft. To keep your endpoints stable and running smoothly, you must upgrade your hardware and operating systems.

Back in 2014, Microsoft ceased support for Windows XP. Despite numerous warnings by Microsoft and industry professionals, many organisations, including several high-profile businesses, exposed themselves to serious security breaches after failing to upgrade their PC fleets. Come January 2020, Microsoft will cease support for Windows 7, meaning another round of upgrades.

Ideally, to ensure your business is as secure as possible, your entire fleet should be running Windows 10. For the gold-standard in IT security, you must upgrade your endpoints, too. Not only will you gain the latest software and hardware security capabilities, new PCs, such as those in HP’s  latest range, are designed to seamlessly integrate with Windows 10 and its advanced productivity and collaborative features.

Keep it predictable

When rolling out endpoint upgrades, predictability is a key factor. Pick a model, or a couple of models – for example, an HP desktop and laptop – and stick with them for the whole project.

The benefit of this approach is that you can invest in an image that can be rolled out quickly and reliably should you have any problems, giving each user the same experience with their computer. Also, if during the machine’s lifetime it needs to be rebuilt (for example, if it’s given to a new staff member), the image ensures it can be returned easily to those default settings.

Your fitness plan

If your technology is secure, stable and predictable, your business can be confident of its reliability. Staff dissatisfaction, downtime and budget-blowouts will all be minimised, and you will be able to plan and predict upgrades and replacements with confidence.

To streamline your future-fitness planning, it’s important to call on expert help. At Origin, we are able to provide a full audit of your endpoint fleet, covering key metrics such as age, operating system and warranty status, down to HDD, RAM and CPU. We will then compile a robust, actionable deployment plan to upgrade, and/or replace your fleet in a ordered manner.

Each report is tailored to meet your individual needs, timeframe and financing models. Not only will your fleet be future fit and staff disruption kept to a minimum, your finance team will love you, too.

Get on board and get future fit

If you want to learn more about how to lift your business’ performance by harnessing the power of the latest computer hardware and software, get on board with Origin and HP for our Get Future Fit event on Wednesday, 26th September 2018. Experience hands-on demos and listen to industry experts at the HP offices, followed by yachting and drinks on the harbour.

If you’re already an Origin customer, get in touch with your account manager or SDM. Otherwise, head along to our Get Future Fit Event. Either way, we look forward to working with you to get your business fit for the future.

Paul Manson

Service Delivery Manager & HUM vCIO

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