One thing that’s for certain is the uncertainty of COVID-19. It’s unprecedented, the landscape across the board will never be the same – healthcare, retail, front line, back end, all of it. If there is one recurring theme it’s the requirement to work from home and with that, the reliance all businesses have on the ability for their users to operate from home as effectively as they do in the office.
What does this mean when it comes to user devices?
How do you securely manage a workforce that was once on-site?
First of all this isn’t a piece about security or activity tracking. This is all about maintaining effectiveness – how do we keep users ready, available and operational without breaking stride!
The answer to all of the above is quite simple – have a proven refresh cycle and a means to ensure it is carried out simply and effectively.
Welcome to the world of Microsoft Autopilot. Once profiles are set-up, Microsoft Autopilot has the ability to let you and your team receive new kit and set it up out of the box without a moment of hesitation.
The procurement cycle to the left shows how easy it really can be to ensure your users are working on kit that is up to date, secure, configured and fully compliant. With a bit of preparatory work it can be as simple as it looks!
With the right software in place, it simply boils down to finding a refresh cadence to suit you. Best practice guidelines state a user device refresh rate of every 3 years. This is the length of time user devices are designed to run without showing any major signs of failure, performance drop-off of hardware issues. Of course assets can be sweated and run for longer, but it’s at this point they become noticeably slower and the users ability to work affected.
eacs will always work with our customers to maximise productivity and minimise downtime. The best results have been seen with users that actually have a 2 year refresh cycle. This pattern allows hardware to be leading edge, secure and reliable.
Speak to your Client Manager or a member of our specialist Team about how MS Autopilot, refresh cadences and Device as a Service can help keep your users working even in the most difficult times.