Enabling the Workforce of Today and Tomorrow

The often discussed work/life balance has never been something I really was able to grasp. For me, it’s always been more about work/life blend, and it seems I’m not alone these days.

The generations coming behind me see even less boundary between their work and their personal lives. Technology makes that possible for us, and it has become something the workforce can’t live without.

Forty-two percent of millennial workers say they would quit a job with substandard technology, and 82 percent say workplace technology influences the job they will take. A big part of that means no longer being tethered.

So it was great to hear during the Workforce Transformation session at Dell EMC World this week that Dell is taking mobility one step further with the industry’s first wireless charging solution.

Dell Latitude 7000 wireless charging solution on display at Dell EMC World 2017

First announced at CES in January, the Dell Latitude 7000 2-in-1 goes for sale in the US on June 1 with optional wireless charging pad and dock which wirelessly connects you to power and your display for a first-of-its kind wireless desktop experience.

“The trick is in the keyboard,” notes The Verge. “The Latitude 7285 is a 2-in-1 hybrid. That means 100 percent of its components fit inside the tablet display, which can be attached to one of three accompanying keyboards to create a clamshell laptop. One of these keyboards communicates with Dell’s new wireless charging pad. So when you place the 7285 down on the mat with the keyboard attached, the power bypasses the keyboard and goes straight to the computer.”

It’s just one of our many PCs on display in the Solutions Expo at Dell EMC World this week, where we’re showcasing products designed for the many ways that people work today.

Dell Client Solutions booth at Dell EMC World 2017

And Dell is also thinking about the way people will work in the future.

Fifteen years from now we’ll have another 1000 times the power, speed, efficiency and capacity that we have today. Next generation PCs will marry the traditional keyboard and mouse to speech recognition, gesture, predictive tools and services to create more natural ways of working and improve collaboration.

We will have richer, more immersive experiences with Augmented and Virtual Reality – once a fantasy concept for gamers – soon to transform how work gets done in manufacturing, construction, training and other business processes.

The digitization of everything will be here – more than 20 billion connected devices by 2020; more than one trillion by 2050 – will increase productivity, speed up decision making while improving outcomes.

Of course, with all of these fast, untethered workhorses in the hands of billions of people, security has become even more critical. Did you know that 95 percent of breaches originate with the end user? So protecting the datacenter starts with protecting the device.

That means more than creating strong passwords. But, that’s ok, because listening to our customers has enabled us to build solutions that can help do this. Dell is ready to make a work/life blend possible for the workers that power the companies that understand and embrace the changing way we work.

They will be the leaders in the digital transformation. They will be the ones who unlock the power of their people; free up IT to manage change not technology; and invest in strategic priorities and innovate for the future.

About the Author

Laura Pevehouse, Laura Pevehouse was profiled as one of five “social media mavens” in the March 2009 issue of Austin Woman Magazine and named an AdWeek’s TweetFreak Five to Follow. She has been part of the Dell organization for more than 15 years in various corporate communications, employee communications, public relations, community affairs, marketing, branding, social media and online communication roles. From 2014-2018, Laura was Chief Blogger/Editor-in-Chief for Direct2DellEMC and Direct2Dell, Dell’s official corporate blog that she help launch in 2007. She is now a member of the Dell Technologies Chairman Communications team. Earlier in her Dell career she focused on Global Commercial Channels and US Small and Medium Business public relations as part of the Global Communications team. Prior to that, she was responsible for global strategy in social media and community management, as well as marcom landing pages, as a member of Dell’s Global SMB Marketing, Brand and Creative team. When she was part of Dell’s Global Online group, Laura provided internal consulting that integrated online and social media opportunities with a focus on Corporate Communications and Investor Relations. She managed the home page of Dell.com, one of the top 500 global web sites in Alexa traffic rank, and first brought web feeds and podcasts to the ecommerce site. In her spare time she led Dell into the metaverse with the creation of Dell Island in the virtual world Second Life. Laura has earned the designation of Accredited Business Communicator from the International Association of Business Communicators, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Louisiana State University. Before joining Dell Financial Services in 2000, she worked at the Texas Workforce Commission and PepsiCo Food Systems Worldwide.