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A day in the life of a road warrior

A day in the life of a road warrior

April 2015

Traveling week after week. Attending meeting after meeting in far-flung locations. Unfamiliar meals, unfamiliar beds, and the constant need to be productive. The life of a road warrior is not always an easy one, and your IT needs aren’t easy either. You can put thousands of miles of wear and tear into your equipment each year, which makes your choice of IT gear incredibly important. Let’s take a peek into a typical road warrior’s day, to see how the right gear can help you tackle travel—whether you’re working out of the office just once a year, or seven days a week.

6 AM: At the kitchen table
You’ve only got an hour or two of distraction-free time at your home office before you head out, making productivity paramount. You need to power through breakfast and your to-do list before leaving, without having to slow down or switch out devices.

Solution: Uncompromised experience. HP’s new EliteBook Folio 1020 series is ultra-light, but it still offers a high-class full-size keyboard and is compatible with the HP UltraSlim Docking Station. This simple slide-in side dock makes transitioning to and from the office—and adding productivity features like an external mouse, speakers, network connectivity, storage, and dual monitors—an easy one-click process.

10 AM: Catching a flight
It’s time to hit the road. And since you’re traveling for business you’re probably heading to the airport, which means security scans and stringent requirements for your checked luggage and carry-on bag.

Solution: Extreme portability. As the world’s thinnest and lightest business-class notebook1, the HP EliteBook Folio 1020 is crafted from forged magnesium-lithium alloy and carbon fiber and weighs just 2.2 lbs2, making it easy to carry through the airport or around the office.

1 PM: Client presentation
You made it to your connecting flight and then to your client meeting. It’s time to shine, and the quality of your presentation makes a huge difference. Multimedia elements are six times more effective than print pieces3, and nearly two-thirds (59 percent) of senior executives say they prefer video over text4. Oh, and the client just asked for printouts as well.

Solution: Distraction-free multimedia. With a quiet, fanless design, noise-reduction software for better conference calls, and a QHD anti-glare display, the HP EliteBook Folio 1020 helps keep your clients focused on the message, not the medium. As for those printouts, HP Mobile Printing Solutions let you print straight from your smartphone or tablet in just a few simple steps wherever you are5,6.

3 PM: Catching lunch and a cab
When you’re on the road, food and work inevitably come together. And without an IT department to back you up, little spills and drops can quickly become business trip showstoppers.

Solution: Military-grade testing. HP EliteBooks undergo extensive third-party testing. They’re designed to pass MIL-STD tests7 for shock, vibration, humidity, pressure, and temperature extremes, so you know your notebook can survive the rigors of the road.

3:30 PM: Working at the hotel
The client presentation is over, but the work isn’t done. Battery life is important, and at least once a week on average, mobile device users panic about running out of battery life. Batteries also run out of battery power or get to low levels (under 10 percent) every 11 days8.

Solution: Long-lasting performance. Don’t sacrifice performance or battery life. With a fast Solid State Drive (SSD), Intel® Core™ M processor9, and up to nine hours of battery life10, the HP EliteBook Folio 1020 can keep you going—fast—even when you can’t plug in.

5 PM: IT remote updates
There are, on average, 3.5 new computer threats per second11, making security essential—especially on the road where IT might struggle to keep everything running safely and smoothly.

Solution: Easy management. Cloud-based HP Touchpoint Manager17 helps streamline fleet management for IT, while HP Sure Start and HP BIOSphere12—the industry’s first self-healing solution—come standard on EliteBooks and can keep you running without needing to call in IT.

7 PM: Seeing the sights
Everyone needs some time to relax, even on a busy business trip. Unfortunately, that’s also the most common time for data and notebook theft to occur. A full 76 percent of notebooks are lost or stolen while offsite or in transit13.

Solution: Reliable security. The HP EliteBook Folio 1020 features document, data, device, and identity protection—including HP Client Security14, fingerprint reader, and optional LANDesk15 and vPro™ technology16—to keep your business and its data safe. Even when you’re exploring the town.

Wherever you’re working, it pays to have the right equipment and support. Before you head out the office door, take a moment to think about the scenarios you’ll encounter, and the IT devices and support that will best help you tackle each one.

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[1] Based on business class notebooks as of January 9, 2015 with >1 million unit annual sales having pre-installed encryption, authentication, malware protection and BIOS-level protection, passing MIL STD 810G tests, with optional docking incorporating power delivery.
[2] Features available only on the HP EliteBook Folio 1020 Special Edition.
[3] Diode Digital, Our Work: Online Video Infographic Animation, 2013.
[4] Forbes Insights, Video in the C-Suite: Executives Embrace the Non-Text Web, 2010.
[5] Local printing requires mobile device and printer to be on the same wireless network or have a direct wireless connection. Wireless performance is dependent on physical environment and distance from access point. Wireless operations are compatible with 2.4 GHz operations only. Remote printing requires an Internet connection to an HP web-connected printer. App or software and HP ePrint account registration may also be required. Wireless broadband use requires separately purchased service contract for mobile devices. Check with service provider for coverage and availability in your area. See http://www.hp.com/go/mobileprinting for more details.
[6] Requires a wireless access point and an Internet connection to the printer. Services require registration. Availability varies by country, language, and agreements, and may require a firmware upgrade. HP Printables may not be available on all printer models, and not all apps can be set up for automatic delivery. For details, see hpconnected.com.
[7] MIL-STD testing is not intended to demonstrate fitness for U.S. Department of Defense contract requirements or for military use. Test results are not a guarantee of future performance under these test conditions. MIL STD testing is pending on HP EliteBook Folio 1020 Special Edition.
[8] Jockery, The Rise of the Portable Mobile Battery Infographic, 2013.
[9] Multi-Core is designed to improve performance of certain software products. Not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of this technology. 64-bit computing system required. Performance will vary depending on your hardware and software configurations. Intel’s numbering is not a measurement of higher performance.
[10] Windows 8, MM12 battery life will vary depending on various factors including product model, configuration, loaded applications, features, use, wireless functionality, and power management settings. The maximum capacity of the battery will naturally decrease with time and usage. See www.bapco.com for additional details.
[11] Trend Micro, Threat Predictions, 2011.
[12] HP BIOSphere features may vary depending on the PC platform and configuration.
[13] Kensington, Cost of Stolen or Lost Laptops, Tablets & Smartphones Infographic, 2011.
[14] HP Client Security requires Windows.
[15] Remote Secure functionality requires LANdesk software, sold separately. Select devices offer location-based functionality and require an active LANDesk Management Suite 9.5 SP1 (LDMS) maintenance service or license with location-based settings, Windows 8.1 and WWAN/GPS functionality. Wipe functionality performs a, "Windows Reset" and requires Windows 8. Lock performs a Windows "Lock Computer."
[16] Some functionality of this technology, such as Intel® Active management technology and Intel Virtualization technology, requires additional 3rd party software in order to run. Availability of future "virtual appliances" applications for Intel vPro technology is dependent on 3rd party software providers. Microsoft Windows required.
[17] HP Touchpoint Manager supports Android™, iOS and Windows operating systems and PCs, notebooks, tablets and smartphones from various manufacturers. Not available in all countries see www.hp.com/touchpoint for availability information. Touchpoint Manager requires purchase of a subscription. Out-of-band HP only Wipe, Lock, Unlock and reporting of BIOS boot error codes is planned to be available on select HP EliteBooks and requires an internet connection, Intel® vPro™ technology and functions in S3/Sleep, S4/Hibernate and S5/Soft Off power states. SATA drives are wiped. The remote wipe of Self Encrypting Drives that have hardware encryption active is not supported.

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