CIOs now have more options for client devices than ever before. With the pace of change in mobile technology, it seems only a matter of time before something we hold in our hand will have the power of a super computer. In the meantime, the challenge with notebooks, tablets, and smartphones is their limited suitability for applications that require large amounts of processing power, storage capacity, and visual displays to facilitate high productivity for content creation and data interpretation.
Mobile workstations are one solution made possible by advancements in 64-bit desktop processors that were once the domain of high-end, desk-bound workstations. Today’s workstations are available in a range of form factors with high memory and graphics capabilities.
Mobile workstation applications
Mobile devices are ideal for content consumption, but mobile workstations allow for content creation—and a higher level of content consumption—in any location, which helps improve the way information is managed across an entire workforce.
Business advantages include:
- A familiar keyboard, video, and mouse interface for productivity applications
- Corporate applications can be delivered remotely to a mobile workstation without any interface changes
- A good level of connectivity with field equipment through standard USB and video ports
- Less reliance on the network to send and receive data, as it can be processed locally
Putting forward a business case
How can CIOs add mobile workstations to the list of procurement items? They can begin by working through the branch office, industrial site, and field working requirements of the organization to determine the greatest need for remote data processing and consumption. Talk to field workers about how much time can be saved with more computing power at hand and which applications are causing the most operational delays.
Like mobilizing desktop applications, mobile and industrial system applications can be ported to workstations, and business use might involve making better use of underutilized apps and data.
Another way mobile workstations can improve business processes is with better human-device interactions. Unlike mobile devices, mobile workstations allow large 4K screens and visualization technology to run apps where workers can see problems and act on them more rapidly. The visual advantage of mobile workstations should not be overlooked for business use.
Mobile workstations for businesses involve using the most optimal tool for the job. Don’t let hype around mobile stifle the potential for better performance and visualization.