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June 2015

New tech enables new ways of doing business—from increased mobility to integrated cloud functionalities—and nowhere is this more apparent than the latest generation of alternate form factor devices. Just as notebooks once revolutionized the business world, alternate form factors such as ChromebooksTM and 2-in-1s introduce new capabilities and innovative ways of working. If you’re ready for a positive change, or want to see how these devices might apply to you, here are four ways alternate form factors can help move your business forward.

1. Conduct business anywhere
Business can take you anywhere—from construction sites to corporate offices—and you need technology that can keep pace and enable you to work more efficiently at every step. Here, the 2-in-1 form reigns supreme. A mashup of tablet and notebook designs, 2-in-1s deliver the computing power of a notebook alongside the portability and intuitive controls of a tablet.

HP Elite 2-in-1s fit easily into a keyboard dock for notebook mode, while models like the HP Pro feature a built-in side connector for quick integration with the optional HP UltraSlim Docking Station. This simple slide-in dock makes it easy to transition to and from the office with one click, adding productivity features like an external mouse, full keyboard, headset, storage drive, dual monitors, and printer. Additional 2-in-1 features include (depending on the model) USB 3.0 ports, Intel® Core™ I3/I5 performance [1], full high definition (FHD) screens, and Qualcomm® Gobi™ 4G LTE [2]—empowering you wherever you work.

2. Put the focus on your customers
Traditional point-of-sale (POS) and retail solutions, such as checkout systems, are stationary. As a result, workers may be unable to conduct inventory, assist customers, or complete transactions on the retail floor. With alternate form factor devices, however, you can put the focus back on the customer and provide full service anywhere—without interruption. Tablets offer a fast, mobile solution for retailers, and easily integrate with a range of accessories for additional fixed or mobile capabilities.

For instance, HP Retail Solutions offer a range of options utilizing the powerful HP ElitePad [3], enabling mobile transactions, barcode scanning, and more [4]. Not only do alternate forms make it easier to provide an excellent customer experience (such as a swift checkout), they can also have a profound effect on customers’ future buying decisions. According to a 2013 Dimensional Research study, nearly 62 percent of B2B and 42 percent of B2C customers chose to purchase more after a good customer service experience [5].

3. Align your tech with your business category
Standard business technology excels at everyday office tasks, such as word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. But for specialized functions—such as monitoring patients in a hospital—you want something that is tailored to your specific needs. Thanks to their light and highly portable form, alternate form factor devices like tablets are well suited to the needs of nurses, contractors, and other professions that take workers out of the traditional office setting—incorporating a range of helpful tools and original design features.

For example, the HP ElitePad HealthCare Tablet features anywhere access to electronic medical records (EMRs), accurate voice recognition, antimicrobial coating [6], a built-in scanner [7], and industry leading security to protect patient information. It’s everything a healthcare professional needs to organize medical records and monitor patients, in an easy-to-use and portable form.

4. Integrate cloud functionalities
Another advantage of alternate form factor devices is they incorporate cutting-edge innovations—such as the cloud. In fact, many of these devices are designed to perform the majority of their work via cloud applications. As a result, they can allow you to easily access your data anywhere, manage your fleet of printers and PCs via the cloud, integrate crossplatform applications, and even customize interfaces to aid job-specific functions.

With HP TouchPoint Manager, you can simplify your everyday IT management from a single, cross-platform dashboard—utilizing cloud connections to manage and monitor your entire IT fleet [8]. Additionally, alternate form factor devices built to connect to the cloud, like the HP Chromebook, can be customized to provide a highly specialized yet affordable work computer—perfect for situations such as customer-support representatives using the Avaya software platform [9], for example. These devices also offer an easy way to access the cloud at the office and on the go, so you can take full advantage of your cloud applications—no matter where your work takes you.

New technology means new possibilities, and alternate form factor devices enable a new way of doing business. From Chromebooks to 2-in-1s, these innovative devices provide a range of capabilities that build and expand upon their predecessors’ specializations. As Dr. Arie de Geus, former Head of Strategic Planning for Royal Dutch/Shell Oil said, “The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage” [10]. Alternate form factor devices support that advantage and enable a range of economic benefits—which we’ll discuss further next month.

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[1] 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.
[2] Optional Qualcomm® Gobi™ modules available in select HP products, require factory configuration and wireless data service contract, network support, and is not available in all areas. Contact service provider to determine the coverage area and availability. 4G LTE not available in all regions. Connection speeds will vary due to location, environment, network conditions, and other factors.
[3] HP ElitePad sold separately. Internet access required.
[4] Mobile transactions and barcode scanning are both capabilities enabled by the HP Retail Jacket. The HP Retail Jacket is sold separately or purchased as an optional feature.
[5] Dimensional Research, Customers Service and Business Results: A Survey of Customer Service from Mid-Size Companies, 2013.
[6] Quick Release pins, camera lens, flash cover, barcode reader cover, screws, screen, and HP logo are not treated with an antimicrobial coating.
[7] Available on select configurations.
[8] 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.
[9] PC World, Google and Avaya to bring chromebooks and WebRTC to call centres, 2014.
[10] Cited in Inc., The Most Important Culture Change You Can Make by Aaron Skonnard, 2014.

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