How To Get Your PC To Think With You

Getting your PC to adapt to the way you’re working is right at your fingertips, and here’s how it’s done.

How To Get Your PC To Think With You

Take a scroll on your LinkedIn page and we’ll bet you come across at least one article, opinion piece or blog post that talks about the importance of user experience. Much like Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas” is on every radio station and playing in every shopping mall on a loop as soon as temperature drops below 10°, the importance of UX is being underlined every chance we get, also in IT departments.

Yo-yo’ing from the office, to the home office and then (kind of) back again, forced the global workforce to start thinking differently about how we work and the future of our workplace. Consequently, it also impacts end user experience and the challenges IT teams are facing. It became one hell of a job for IT teams to provide all their users with infrastructure and endpoints as quickly as possible so that they could be as productive at home as in the office. Combine that with a number of irritations people experience throughout the day  – unstable network connection, poor video quality, small screens, the heating up of the PC during video calls and the sound of blowing fans – and you end up with a mountain of IT tickets being logged. And if there’s one thing you don’t want for Christmas, it’s probably that.

Now, some outcomes are of course inevitable. Yes, a system demands more performance to be able to support those online meetings. And yes, that will cause things like increased fan noise or increased heat dissipation. But people are not being overdemanding when requesting a pc that is powerful enough to support them during a conference call, while sharing their screen and with their camera on, without it making noises like it’s preparing for a lift off.

For some time now, it’s been our mission to make a PC that intelligent, that it can adapt itself to the way the user works at any given time. An honestly, you shouldn’t settle for less when it comes to the device you work with every day. That’s why, with the launch of our 10th gen systems, we also launched an AI-driven software installed on your system, called Dell Optimizer, to create a full-fledged, high-performance and intelligent workplace.

To put our case in point, if you’re an end user, these are some of the things you can do with Optimizer to make your life easier:

  • Application Optimization: The ExpressResponse feature uses artificial intelligence to learn your behavior on selected applications, identifies optimization opportunities, and dynamically applies settings to improve application performance.
  • Audio optimization: The Intelligent Audio feature enhances the audio experience so users can hear and be heard better on conference calls.
  • Power management: The ExpressCharge feature uses artificial intelligence to learn your battery usage behavior and dynamically applies settings to extend battery life.

If you’re an IT admin, we’ve got your back as well. Because one of the most important factors in managing Dell PCs is the Dell Command Suite tools. The Command Suite contains a set of management tools to manage BIOS settings, OEM updates, Intel Vpro, etc. These tools form the link between our hardware and any management environment. The same goes for the Dell Optimizer. This software agent can be managed in a centralized way so that you, as an IT administrator, have full control over the environment at all times.

You can use the following CLI commands for batch and scripting scenarios. You can view the location and filename of the CLI in C:\Program Files\Dell\DellOptimizer\do-cli.exe.

An example to activate the power management of the Dell Optimizer:

do-cli.exe /configure -name=BatteryExtender.State -value= true

do-cli.exe /configure -name=DynamicCharge.State -value=true

How to setup the Express sign-in feature :

do-cli.exe /configure -name=ProximitySensor.CameraBasedDetection – value=True

do-cli.exe /configure -name=ProximitySensor.SnoozeTimer -value=60

Curious for more? Check out our Dell Optimizer and Command Suite landing pages, or stay tuned for other blog articles.

About the Author: Dirk Van Deuren