Meet the Specialized Worker

Specialized workers, like architects and designers, demand workstation precision

New computers and technologies are the best investment companies can make, because it makes workers three to five times more productive compared to other investments, according to a study by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

With new devices, workers enjoy increased efficiencies, without the frustration of having a system that crashes or stalls. This leads employees to create better work, which ultimately it trickles down to the company's bottom line. A few wasted minutes dealing with a technological hang-up can add up exponentially.

Let's say the average user loses 15 minutes each day due to a slow system. This adds up to a loss of 60 hours per year. Then multiply that by the number of employees using these systems.

If an engineer is making $100,000 a year, and a new workstation makes them 10 percent more productive, it saves the company $10,000 a year, Scott Hamilton, a Dell Precision specialist, said. 'You can see how insignificant the cost of a workstation is compared to the cost savings the added productivity.'

Allison Biers, Dell Product Group manager, added, "Think about how frustrating it is for any of us to experience a delay with our computers. When there's a delay, we all get distracted and start multi-tasking — checking email and finding other things to do."

This is especially true for workers in engineering, architecture and graphic design, for whom technology is the lifeblood to the creation of precise, masterful work.

For knowledge workers like engineers who are crunching humongous spreadsheets or architects who are rendering designs, system delays can really add up over time to reduce productivity and even ideation, Biers said.

Architects, for example, saw their productivity almost double on their CAD drawings when they upgraded from a legacy setup to a new Dell Precision workstation, which uses Intel® Xeon® processors and the new AutoCAD 2015 software, according to a study by David S. Cohn Consulting. They also had more time to complete five test drawings on the new setup and were therefore able to be more detail-oriented in their renderings.

Animators at Laika, an animation studio that has produced Oscar nominated films such as The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman and Coraline, also reaped benefits after upgrading to new Precision workstations.

Our artists can do on one tower what used to take two, plus animate multiple projects simultaneously, said David Rowe, a systems support manager at Laika. 'Not only do we dramatically accelerate production, but we also gain much greater creative flexibility.'

When employees are interrupted because of a hiccup in the machine's software, it can hinder the creative process. They waste time feeling annoyed as they stare at a blank screen, unable to execute their ideas or try new ones. As the deadline approaches, there's less room to experiment creatively, and it can show in the work.

Part of any creative process is to get in the zone and hone ideas, Biers said. 'For creators, it's critical to have powerful tools that can handle big files without interruption. Otherwise, there's a disruption which can take away from a creator finishing his or her thought process.'

People using Precision workstations — the engineers, animators, designers — are often driving core business to the company, according to Hamilton.

These people producing mission critical work, which is why having fast, optimized and computationally intensive systems is so important, Hamilton said.

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