Desktops have ruled the roost for as long as we can remember, but with the emergence of advanced gadgets such as iPhones and tablets, it’s pretty clear that no ruler can expect to wear the crown forever.
Or can they?
Well, this post is designed to explore exactly that — so if you’re interested in discovering if mobile will take over completely or if desktop will remain champion, read on.
Desktop in the workplace
One fundamental aspect that could secure desktop’s crown is that it is still widely popular in the workplace. But how long will this last before laptops, tablets and mobile technology as a whole becomes the more desired workplace equipment?
In today’s challenging business environment, companies are looking at ways to cut costs. Apart from the price advantage, there are a number of benefits the mobile computing environment offers. This includes easy availability of free software and multi-functional usage, so it comes as no surprise that a lot of companies are eventually moving to the mobile computing environment.
Businesses will also benefit from using mobile technology when it comes to taking part in meetings or travelling to other destinations. You can’t carry around a desktop computer wherever you go, so mobiles and tablets are ideal for carrying all the information you need whilst on the go. Plus, with new advanced technology such as video conferencing/calling, could we potentially see a decline in desktop computers in the workplace?
Mobile technology in the workplace and its benefits
It’s no secret that mobile phones, tablets and other transportable devices have revolutionized the way we live our personal lives. However, in recent years they have become a staple item for travelling business professionals. Mobile is changing the workplace for the average employee making it a benefit for companies and their workforces to stay connected.
Here are some ways in which mobile technology could knock desktop computers off the top spot:
- Global business: As businesses branch out to different marketplaces throughout the globe, staying mobile allows for instant access with clients and other employees. Business happens everywhere and at anytime, fueling the popularity of social media and Skype. More people are using mobile to access social media websites every day and this can result in quicker responses, brand awareness and business growth.
- On-the-go: When it comes to businesses that give presentations, employees no longer need to carry about bulky laptops. Instead, they are now able to use iPads and other tablets with iOS friendly slide deck software. This is also beneficial for storage, because now employees can safely store away these smaller devices more effectively while travelling.
- Job search made easier: As companies continue to build and implement mobile-friendly applications and career websites into their recruitment strategies, the number of people searching for jobs online will increase. Job seekers can now use their mobile devices to search for jobs in real time without the need of a desktop computer, which they could only access if they were at home, or wherever their desktop computer may be.
- Increased productivity: Paychecks are available to employees from anywhere and anytime thanks to the Internet and technology. Add in the fact that you can approve your team’s work hours and payroll from the comforts of your mobile phone, leaving you time to focus on specialized tasks, programs, and projects to drive profits and profitability.
Things to bear in mind when it comes to mobile and desktop technology
Mobile might sound ideal for the above reasons but it’s also important to bear in mind the fact that these new advanced devices are costly, especially if you are a rather large organization. You get a lot more computing power for your money with a desktop computer and if mobility and profitability isn’t important, a desktop is hard to beat. In addition, they are less likely to be stolen or break and they offer a longer lifespan, which is why many businesses still favor desktops in their working environments.
It’s also worth pointing out that desktops usually have larger screens than laptops, which some employees find more appealing. Those with hectic and demanding schedules may find they can complete their workload more effectively and efficiently if they have a bigger monitor to work with. This could perhaps be one of the reasons why desktop computers could still hold a place in the technological world for a longer period of time than we might’ve imagined.
Another point that we need to consider is the fact that if you are a business that wants to incorporate mobile technology into your company, you will need to factor in time spent for training your employees. Some companies have the opportunity to hire people to do this for them, but if you don’t have it in your budget, you will need to decipher if there is time in your schedule to train your team in-house. Therefore, would sticking to desktop computers really be so bad in the long run?
So, will mobile ever truly replace desktop? The answer to this is not simple, but we can argue that the popularity of mobile technology doesn’t look set to slow down anytime soon.
With newer, upgraded versions of the iPhone, iPad and other mobile devices, released on a regular basis, the evolution of the technology world is moving at a rapid speed — therefore, it’s hard to determine its status in the following week, let alone in the foreseeable future. Only time will tell for what the future will hold for desktop and mobile computing.
This post was written by Jennifer Smith on behalf of ITR