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September 14, 2021 |

HP Announces Hybrid IT Device Management Solutions

A fully managed service and two-cloud-based applications are designed to help corporate IT departments efficiently support employees who split time between home and office from afar.

HP has unveiled two device management applications and an outsourced device management service for corporate IT departments.

The new offerings, all of which are cloud-based, are expressly designed for an era of computing in which employees split time between home and the office, according to Sumeer Chandra, general manager and global head of personal systems services at HP.

“IT’s role has increased significantly and they are now tasked with enabling a hybrid workforce to be at their best wherever they are,” he says. “All our IT solutions are hybrid by design, they’re geared for enabling the hybrid workforce, and they empower IT to be at their best and enable their people to be productive every day with a great technology experience.”

Keeping employees productive and satisfied is an increasingly important responsibility for IT professionals, notes Andy Rhodes, HP’s general manager and global head of commercial systems and display solutions.

“Eighty-seven percent of companies that we polled now have employee experience front and center in the key performance objectives,” he says. IT departments that don’t meet those objectives, he adds, risk alienating end users at a time when businesses are struggling to recruit and retain talented people.

“We’re seeing attrition rates across the world higher than they’ve ever been,” Rhodes says. “Technology and the uptime of that technology are now really, really critical.”

HP Adaptive Endpoint Management, a new managed service staffed by HP technicians, is designed to help IT teams meet steep employee expectations at a time when users running a wide range of hardware rarely if ever visit the office. Subscribers can ship HP devices directly to end users and ready for them for use in less than an hour, HP says, on a zero-touch basis.

“We register the identity of the PC in the cloud so that as soon as it boots up and makes a network connection, the PC knows that it belongs to a specific customer,” says Nathan Kofahl, senior product manager for endpoint management solutions at HP. “I log in with my email address, IT sends all of my policies, all my apps, and they’re right there on the desktop, ready to work.”

The service keeps devices patched and updated after deployment as well, using the “active hours” feature in Microsoft Windows to ensure that maintenance processes requiring a restart don’t happen at times when users are typically hard at work.

IT departments are increasingly eager to offload responsibility for “the knobs and buttons of IT management” to skilled outsiders, Kofahl says. The two new applications HP announced today target organizations that prefer to keep administration in house instead.

The first of them, named HP Connect for Microsoft Endpoint Manager, is a supplement to Microsoft’s online device management platform that lets technicians remotely configure over 100 BIOS settings in commercial HP devices via the cloud.

“IT sets the determined update frequency based on their desire, and then updates happen automatically according to the schedule,” Kofahl says. Like the Adaptive Endpoint Management Service, moreover, Connect for Microsoft Endpoint Manager lets organizations perform BIOS procedures at non-disruptive times.

“We’ve allowed IT and employees to sort of work together to make sure that the updates happen at the right time,” Kofahl says. “IT can set a policy and users can set a deferral or a preferred time.”

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, 58% of IT decision-makers have expedited the use of virtual desktops, according to a 2020 HP research study. A second application introduced today, called HP Cloud Endpoint Manager, is designed to help businesses deploy and securely manage the thin client devices many businesses use in conjunction with cloud-based desktops. The system supports more than 40 selectable alerts and can display 20 different kinds of real-time endpoint data.

“We built a completely customizable user interface that puts the important information that IT wants right at their fingertips,” Kofahl says.

HP Adaptive Endpoint Management is available immediately. HP Connect for Microsoft Endpoint Manager is expected to ship in December, with HP Cloud Endpoint Manager following in January.

Research conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Sungard Availability Services underscores the degree to which supporting remote end users is likely to be a fact of life for IT professionals well into the future. Published in July, the study found that among the 57% of U.S. adults who have been working from home since the start of the pandemic, 43% don’t want to return to the office ever and 51% would prefer a mix of remote and in-office working.


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