Office Evolution - Survival of the smallest and most mobile


What do offices and human brains have in common?

They are both getting smaller. Our brains have been shrinking since the end of the stone age and the average brain volume has decreased by roughly 10 percent in the past 40,000 years. Offices may not have been around that long, but like brains, they’re getting smaller. In Japan, for instance, one of the country’s largest real-estate developers plans to build Telecubes—each offering just over 10-square-feet of space—across the country for workers.

Office revolution in the making

Anyone working in one of the Telecubes, or any of the rapidly shrinking offices across the world has to think about space management. Sacrifices will have to be made—and I’m not talking lunch boxes. Large desktop computers will be out, and light, compact mobile technology will be in.

However, it’s not going to be as simple as replacing a PC with a laptop.

Don’t forget the data

The truth is, shrinking office sizes tell only half the story. Workforces around the globe are also changing how they work. They need to be more mobile. Tiny office one day, customer’s office the next, and working wherever they need to in between. In Japan, the combination of office space and anytime, anywhere access to data is driving the market for mobile thin clients.

Japanese companies understand that highly sensitive data is more secure with mobile thin clients than laptops. Because data isn’t stored on the thin clients, if a device is stolen or goes missing, all IT needs to do is shut it down remotely. There’s no risk of corporate data, including intellectual property (IP), being downloaded to local storage devices or uploaded to personal cloud storage. Just recently, we’ve seen Tesla and Apple file lawsuits against former employees for allegedly stealing IP. And, finally, with thin clients in general, companies can stop their devices becoming pathways into the corporate network.

Work goes with you—data doesn’t

We’re launching the Dell Wyse 5470 mobile thin client, so employees can work confidently on the move. The client runs Wyse ThinOS, Wyse ThinLinux or Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, so businesses gain a device that provides secure access to all their critical applications. The client empowers people and provides protected access to data wherever there’s an internet connection. What’s more, the 5470 is built for next-level cloud collaboration with support for unified communications for faster and smarter collaboration. Here are a few of the highlights:

·       More than 12.5 hours of battery life1

·       Deploys in about 1 minute2 * and auto-configures in less than 10 minutes3 with Wyse ThinOS

·       Most secure thin client with Wyse ThinOS4

·       Less than 5-minute management software installation process5

Part of an ecosystem

While it’s safe to say Japan is at the far end of the small-office spectrum, most of us—at least for the time being—fall somewhere in the middle. Yes, our offices are getting smaller, but not so small that we can’t squeeze in a screen or even a keyboard. The point is, the 5470 has it covered, offering the option of docks, high-definition monitors, wireless keyboards, computer mice and stereo headsets. The mobile thin-client ecosystem of products is designed so we can get the most out of any work environment. No matter where we find ourselves working, the 5470 is there to help. And with our brains seemingly getting smaller, the more help we can get, the better.


1.       Up to 13 hours and 13 minutes of battery life* with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, Intel® Celeron™ N4100, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, WLAN, FHD Non-touch, and 42 Whr* battery. Battery life is based on Mobile Mark 2014 benchmark test, available at . Test results are for comparative purposes only.  Actual battery life may be significantly less than the test results and varies depending on product configuration and use, software, usage, operating conditions, power management settings and other factors. Maximum battery life will decrease with time. *The stated Watt Hour (WHr) is not an indication of battery life.

2.       Based on Dell internal analysis, June 2019, measuring Wyse ThinOS automated configuration from a file server.

3.       Based on Dell internal analysis, June 2019, measuring manual configuration of Wyse ThinOS via OOBE or automated deployment from a file server.

4.       Based on Dell internal analysis of competitive products, March 2019

5.       Based on Dell internal analysis, March 2017.


About the Author

David Angwin

David Angwin, Marketing Director, Dell Technologies. David is a leading spokesperson on end-user computing technologies including cloud, mobility and virtualization. Through roles for software, hardware and services companies he has focused on technology solutions for workforce transformation across global markets. Building on his technical background, he has lead global product management and marketing teams and has always looked for how technology can enable business, social and environmental benefits.

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