Woman standing in the DellVenue in New York using a tabletToday, we live in a world where we expect connectivity—from the moment we wake up to the sound of our mobile phone alarm to when we crawl into bed with our eBooks. We look to our fitness apps to keep us on a healthy track and our online calendars to flag important events.

The millennial generation has the reputation for being always online, but members of my generation X and even those before us spend plenty of time looking at our digital devices. We expect constant connectivity via mobile technology to make our lives easier, make us more productive, our work more flexible and our leisure more accessible. Travel agents are even going so far as to become “mobile only” now.

Employees want the anytime, anywhere access they enjoy in their personal lives to extend to the workplace. Businesses are increasingly embracing this technology, hoping for increased productivity, efficiency and collaboration and to stay ahead of competitors. Gartner has predicted that by 2017, half of employers will require employees to supply their own device for work purposes.

But this puts added pressure on IT departments who are challenged with providing those employees with the computing experience they expect while also meeting business requirements. I hear it from my own brother who manages systems availability for a major telecom company across the U.S., and teams all around Dell hear it from our customers. It’s more than just handing out mobile phones and laptops; it’s about defining the right combination of device, application delivery, security, and infrastructure to deliver the best computing solution for every workgroup. And it’s about ensuring each solution is easy to manage and secure so IT can be a valuable contributor to the success of the enterprise.

At Dell we help our customers overcome the barriers to mobility by matching the best mobility strategy to each organization's unique IT requirements, business goals and user needs. We take a holistic approach to deliver an integrated, end-to-end solution that shifts mobility from simply being a necessary evil to being an engine for business growth, and we have successfully deployed these solutions in organizations of various sizes and across all industries.

For instance, when Pflugerville Independent School District set out to modernize its learning environment to prepare students for next-generation challenges in the workforce, it needed unique mobility solutions that could support digital learning across its district’s 30 campuses. Dell helped deploy mobile workstations to give students who needed to complete graphics-intensive assignments the performance they required, while Dell Latitude laptops enabled a mobile and flexible “anytime, anywhere” learning culture for others and multi-touchscreen PCs helped teachers facilitate a collaborative and interactive environment.

“Dell’s portfolio of computing solutions provides our students and teachers with tools they need to explore STEM subjects and also give our IT department the high-performance, reliability and infrastructure compatibility we need to easily deploy and maintain the devices,” says Victor Valdez, Executive Director of Technology, Pflugerville ISD.