Accelerating Deployment of Touch-enabled Business Ultrabook Devices

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IT Best Practices: Intel IT is accelerating the deployment of touch-enabled business Ultrabook devices with Microsoft Windows 8 ahead of the schedule we created in January 2013. This decision was based on several factors: employee demand for touch capabilities is increasing; enterprise applications are becoming more touch-enabled; and touch-enabled devices can increase employee productivity and lower the total cost of ownership (TCO).

In our survey of more than 6,000 Intel employees worldwide, 90 percent of respondents preferred a touch-enabled device (see Figure 1). By choosing touch-enabled devices, users are forgoing docking stations, larger screens, and other features they have grown accustomed to in non-touch-enabled business Ultrabook devices, further illustrating a widespread desire by employees to change the way they work.

Based on what we learned from this survey, a proof of concept (PoC) conducted withabout 50 employees, and an early-adopter program with another 250 employees, weare adopting four business Ultrabook form factors: clamshell and three convertible styles (detachable, flip, and twist). We wanted to offer several options to meet employees’ needs. All of these devices will run on Windows 8, which already enables touch functionality.

We anticipate that we will deploy 14,000 touch-enabled devices by the end of 2013. The employees that select touch-enabled devices will enjoy increased productivity as enterprise touch applications become more prevalent. Additionally, these employees will not be working on a potentially obsolete platform (non-touch-enabled devices) one to two years prior to their next refresh.

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