For Intel’s Andrew McLean, a key selling element of mobility was its compatibility with going green. He pointed out the cost of running a notebook, relative to a desktop PC, were significantly lower. Over the past 12 months, a range of innovations to mobile devices, such as lower power consumption and the overall reduction of toxic components, are also helping to position mobility as a more sustainable IT strategy.
“If you start looking at some of the savings customers can get from just having a mobile-type device, then you look at the real estate, and whether that person has to travel to the office, there are big green cost savings,” McLean said. “That’s not a particularly difficult thing to quantify with mobile, especially with fleets of desktops.”
And given fears that energy could cost up to 25 per cent more in Australia in the next year, any way of reducing the cost of IT infrastructure was music to an SMB’s ears.
“It’s an argument they wouldn’t have thought of, but if you can show them the power savings using a calculator that’s associated with a fee from the provider, it’s compelling,” eNerd’s Jamie Warner said.