Desktop or Mobile Computer

In today’s ever-changing professional world, we are seeing more and more businesses transition from desktop-based computers to mobile PCs. This is predominately due to the culture and workforce change set in motion by the mass introduction of millennial’s and post millennial’s to the workforce.  Younger generations consistently value mobility and the freedom to work remotely. So, does this ever-growing computer trend effect SMB’s or utility companies? Is one computer better than the other?

Well, to answer that we need to look at where major players in the tech space such as Intel and Dell are putting their money and what they are setting as priorities. If you have tried to purchase a new desktop from a distributor in the last several months you have surely noticed that almost everything outside of the retail computers are back ordered. This is due to a major shortage of Intel processors globally. To top it off, guess where desktop machines rank in the pecking order for processors; dead last! If you want to get more specific, Intel has prioritized its processors to go to data centers first, then notebooks / mobile devices and desktops last.

Does this mean that there is no place for the desktop in the market? Absolutely not. This just means that companies and end users are paying more attention to how they plan on using computers in their day to day operation. If you are a support-based company who pays someone to sit at a desk and respond to calls all day, then a desktop would be perfect for that application.

Mobile Advantage

On the other hand, let’s say you have a business model centered on the successful performance of a staff of sales representatives. What would be better? Having them go to appointments all day and come to office later to complete necessary data entry on a desktop computer or giving them a mobile device so they could enter data on the fly without having to manually write it down and enter later. It’s easy to ascertain that the later would be the most expeditious option. This would not only cut down on duplicate work but could cut down on entry errors and missed details as well.

The main thing to remember is that desktops and mobile devices are both needed in today’s business and utility environments. However, you should really put some serious thought into how the end user is going to be using the machine day to day. This choice will either make their job more streamlined and easier or more inefficient and difficult. In conclusion, I would make sure that the end user was at least allowed to give basic input in the decision-making process to determine which option would make their job easier and therefore more efficient or streamlined.