Is your workspace as useful and efficient as it can be? Are your employees finding it easy to get work done and stay productive? If you’re operating on outdated technology, then the answer is probably no.
It’s time to take advantage of the power of technology and turn your behind-the-times office into a “smart office.” Investing in just a few of the innovative products below for your employees will take their workdays from never-ending to new and exciting – boosting morale, efficiency and the reputation of your business.
Touch and go
Now that the workplace extends beyond the office for many people, it’s critical to have a device that can easily travel with you. Tablets like the HP ElitePad  are the perfect on-the-road partner, plus the ElitePad can also be docked at the office as a desktop PC. Accessories like the Expansion Jacket and Jacket Battery mean you’ll be charged longer, ready to go—and rarely on the hunt for an outlet. A vivid touchscreen is important for quick presentations, and the sleek, high-tech appearance of most tablets is sure to impress clients and win major respect for your business.
Power without the tower
When it comes to computing, power means possibilities. Give your employees every advantage with a compact, highly capable PC like HP Z1 Workstation. It includes the clout of a high-powered workstation in a streamlined all-in-one package so you don’t have to forfeit desk space. With the ability to snap it open and swap out parts on your own, the Z1 Workstation makes the most out of your investment and can be customized to grow with your business.
Windows your way
If you really want to move your business ahead, it’s time to consider Windows 8 Pro , especially if you’re still on Windows XP, which will no longer be supported starting in 2014. If you’re using touchscreen devices (and what smart office isn’t?), Windows 8 is the perfect complement. It’s built on the foundation of Windows 7, but offers a smooth, new, intuitive way to navigate and create.
Jack of all trades
No smart office is complete without a multifunction printer (MFP). Why continue to use separate products to print, scan, fax and copy when you can get all of those functions in one—plus much more? MFPs like the HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf Multifunction Printer can be quite affordable, plus most offer Ethernet connectivity, energy-saving features, and the ability to print from mobile devices .
Lose the wires and encourage collaboration with a wireless network. With the consumerization of IT becoming increasingly common, it’s important to provide a flexible, reliable and easy-to-manage network for employees to access from any device, anywhere in the office. When everyone has the freedom to work away from their desks, the real collaboration can begin.
Connect with the cloud
An even more important factor in giving employees the flexibility to work wherever the job takes them is utilizing the cloud as an archive/backup system and collaboration tool. With the ability to easily access files from the office, the airport and beyond, your staff can always get what they need and work together in any situation.
With these pieces in place, you’ll be well on your way to turning your ho-hum workplace into an inspiring smart office – the kind of place everyone wants to work. Once that happens, there won’t be anything standing in the way of the level of productivity and innovation necessary to move your business into the future.