Intel has come up with a radical new way to make your employees much more efficient, and it told 1,000 senior UK managers about it last week in London. Some of you would imagine that it's probably to do with cutting out fag breaks or maybe even investing in NCs, but you'd be wrong. Intel's solution is to give your employees the best IT kit that money can buy.
You see, by giving them top of the range hardware and extra multimedia software, your employees will pass that extra investment back to the company in increased efficiency and better work. Despite the fact that it has never worked in the past, Intel is convinced that its Constant Computing theory will work now (See news story). Apart from boosting Intel's coffers through the purchase of bigger PCs, the only impact it will have on a company's bottom line is a vastly over-budget IT spend.
There are a number reasons why it won't work. Intel suggested, in its demonstration, that an employee's ideal PC would have a 450MHz chip, lots of memory, video conferencing hardware and software as well as voice recognition software.
Most people in UK businesses do not need any of the above to their work.
A lot of employees still don't have Email. Even though Email has helped speed up the communications process, reports show that businesses are losing a lot of money through employees using Email for social purposes.
There's also the 'Doom' factor, and many IT managers will remember with horror when the corporate network would crash each day at 11am, 1pm, and 5pm because employees used to play networked Doom etc. UK companies had to bring in company rules banning games. The problem wasn't the games, it was people having too much power on the desktop.
Now Intel wants to give people cameras and voice software on a 450MHz monster. How long before the reports speak about millions of man hours wasted because people talk to their mothers on-screen all day, or IT departments have to purge even bigger games from systems? Intel should stop patronising those that already waste their days keeping users of 200MHz systems in line.
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