Windows 10 is going to change your business, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it

In your organization, you have quite a few people who were born digitalWhat Microsoft has figured out, that you may not have (yet)… is that these folks have an expectation that they can work anywhere they want.

The fact that you need to embrace a mobile-first workforce is not new, and even I am cringing at using some played-out buzzwords. So what do you need to know – that you don’t already?

Windows 10 is going to fundamentally change the way you do business, and there’s little you can do to resist that change.

Let’s break it down, based on what we know today:

  • Cortana in Windows 10 means you can talk to your “work” device like you talk to your iPhone with Siri (or your Android with Google Now, or your WinPhone with… Cortana!)
  • Windows Hello means your digital natives are going to expect that their computer greets them, much in the way their phone gives them data on a lock screen – and they’re not going to tolerate complex login processes or gasp! – having to VPN in first. (Seriously, do you want to hire and retain the best?)
  • OneNote, combined with Office 365 and a Surface Pro or iPad Pro is the magical triangle of productivity. Sure, you can use Office apps on many devices but that will involve some compromises. I can see at least 3 Surface Pro 3’s in this Starbucks where I am writing right now.

Now, maybe you are a stodgy last-generation CIO and you don’t believe all of this hooey about digital natives and how they are gonna tell you how to do your job…

My point is that you better figure this out if you want to keep your job and move your organization from a cost center to something that generates real and measurable business value.

Here’s what you need to do today. Right now, in fact.

  1. Set a top-down adoption strategy to move your organization from Windows 7 (or Windows XP?!) to Windows 10, built on a consistent and repeatable process for in-place migration.
  2. Determine how you will build a comprehensive thought on systems management, that no longer makes distinction between a “mobile” device and an endpoint. Manage them all, in one place.
  3. Stop worrying about how to protect it or manage it. Find a way to make people productive.

Questions? Hit me up on Twitter!

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