Intelligent work spaces are all the rage these days. Every single one person in the office must have a digital device; at least a smartphone. Yes, even the Janitors has a smartphone to keep track of which floor is clean and which floor needs cleaning. Of course we could be exaggerating; Janitors have a super power to tell which floor needs cleaning and which floor does not.
Back to topic; intelligent work spaces, yes. Organisations talk about getting their work places to be more digital and what not. So everything now is done on your laptops and in your pockets. According to Lenovo’s study with IDC at least, the future looks good for technology.
In the study Lenovo also found that about 50% of the total workspace will be made up of millennial made up of generation X, Y, and Z. The new workforce are also a demanding bunch they say in the report. They really want to be able to work anywhere, anytime, on anything. Artificial Intelligence is a thing now and it will continue to be a thing in the future. It will be even bigger in the future in fact. In conclusion IDC says that the Asian ICT market will grow to about US$1.5 trillion in 2021.
In another IDC study they also found that automation is a big thing and will be a big thing in 2019. The study found that large organisations are now spending plenty of money into startups that helps them making their processes more efficient and effective. Large organisations are also investing in these smaller firms to expand their business services and reinvent their core businesses to keep up to the digital demands.
That also means that huge workforce demand to handle all the digital transformation and IT is coming. The issue is that there is not enough of these people at this time. Of course then the need for automation becomes more important than ever. So that is the big focus on digital transformations now. There is an issue that a lot of people might look past though – security.
Having integrated work spaces and digital culture is great. Even for us it is one of the best things that is happening in the world now. According to Khoo Hung Chuan, Country General Manager of Lenovo Malaysia; we work more intelligently and more efficiently these days in any sort of environment. We are able to go to a cafe and still get plenty of things done outside the office. It is transforming work places from a stationary unit to something that is everywhere you open your laptops or flip out your smartphone. But to have a holistic solution like that, you really need to think of security.
Productivity is key. We have come to a point where machines and AI are more efficient and effective than us human beings. Lenovo has AI technologies that can help in detecting cancer within 5 minutes where conventional diagnosis techniques takes up to 50 minutes for doctors to come to the same conclusion. This is what intelligent transformation does. The environment is now optimised for maximum productivity in the workspace. – Thorsten Stremlau, Commercial CTO, Lenovo
That awareness is getting much better though. More attention have been placed on getting data secured because so many organisations now rely on a large amount of data; sensitive data at that. So protecting data has now becoming one of the most important things in digitizing a company.
It makes sense then if your solutions provider in the work place provide a holistic solution that does not only cover your digital and data collection needs. Now you needs them to provide security services too. Of course there are other third-party solutions out there. Would it not be nice to have a provider that does everything though? It is, and this is where Lenovo slots in for you.
They call it the ThinkShield, a complete end-to-end security solutions for your company. It is also Lenovo’s very seamless solution to simplify security for you and your organisation. That means that your work PC and system boots up in less time than usual.
We have a team of specialists and hackers to monitor all security risks. If they notice even the slightest in the system, they will act on it. We are currently working with a number of government agencies to supply them with the necessary equipment to protect their data and more. – Khoo Hung Chuan, Country General Manager, Lenovo Malaysia
Stremlau identified that plenty of users move away from a PC solution because of their start-up time. What they do not realise is that the whole reason for the slow start-up is the amount of security layers their system has to go through. The key part here though is the security is always handled by third-party providers. Nothing wrong with that except that waiting for one-third party program to talk to another third-party program is not fun.
This is where ThinkShield comes in, a completely integrated security solution for you and I. It covers everything from your BIOS to even your webcam camera. It even covers Lenovo’s supply chain to make everything even more secure and transparent.
You can expect Lenovo’s ThinkShield in almost all their industrial product after this actually. The first product that officially gets this from Lenovo is their new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme which we will talk about later.
The Lenovo ThinkShield has something called a FIDO® technology that makes sure that your laptop can only be accessed by you via a bunch off measures including fingerprint sensors. The ThinkShield even matches Intel Authenticate standard with up to seven authentication factors to access whatever systems. It even protects users when they go online. Unsecured WiFi network connect will always be notified. If there is a threat, Lenovo’s BUFFERZONE® technology in some sense quarantines the threat and isolates it before it becomes an outbreak. Being always connected is great for ThinkShield too though because that means the whole system shares the same asset pool to gain extra knowledge and prevent possible threats.
The Lenovo ThinkShield is available for organisations pretty much now. Of course you would want to contact Lenovo directly regarding the holistic solution. For more information regarding the ThinkShield you can visit their site, here.
Also published on Medium.