Now that remote work is becoming the new norm for practically everyone, what kind of technology can you use to raise job satisfaction and productivity while making your assets and data available to all, no matter where they are working? By moving to a more virtualised environment, your company can increase the business efficiency of your remote employees while enhancing the user experience (UX).
Research by major analysts suggests that, although many employees will return to the office after the COVID-19 pandemic ends, lots of employees will spend a greater amount of their time working at home. It is up to business owners and IT leaders to decide on the right technology to help them manage their workloads more flexibly and efficiently, while at the same time achieving lowered IT/operational costs and increased security.
Managers and workers today want to have up-to-date information and business systems at their fingertips, whenever and wherever they need it, for fast and accurate performance. They recognise that working with speed and agility is the way for companies to differentiate themselves from competitors and grow their businesses.
Flexibility is key
In one recent study in which PwC surveyed 120 company executives, 55% of the execs expected that options will be extended for most of their office workers to work from home at least one day a week for the coming months and years, up from the 39% who allowed this scenario before the pandemic.
It is critical to address the desire of executives and other office workers to want the flexibility of being able to access any of their work-related computer resources from anywhere and on any device, including access to core business systems such as ERPs and CRM systems, in addition to any newer Cloud-based apps, such as collaborative tools.
Listening and responding to what employees need to achieve results is essential to a company’s success, including its ability to attract and retain talent, by investing in new technology while allowing secure access to core business-critical and office applications.
Choice of multiple mobile and desktop platforms
Executives and other office workers crave the flexibility of being able to do their jobs efficiently from a home office or from just about anywhere. Managing a business remotely is a challenge many of us might be still struggling with, as adapting to the new ‘norm’ takes time and a lot of personal effort.
In a 2018 survey of 500 IT executives, 53% of them said that they consider a lack of interoperability between mobile devices and corporate apps and systems to be at least “somewhat challenging”. All too often, workers trying to access corporate apps and systems don’t achieve the same quality levels for ‘user experience’ (UX) from mobile devices as from desktop and laptop systems.
The fact remains that in many companies, employees can’t access corporate apps and systems from anywhere other than the office, because their companies haven’t adopted the kind of modern technology that would enable this.
Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop can transform the way you work
Windows Virtual Desktop is a comprehensive desktop and app virtualisation service running in the Cloud and is the only service that delivers simplified management and optimisation for office applications and support for Remote Desktop Services. It allows you to easily deploy and scale your desktops and apps onto the Cloud in minutes, with built-in security and compliance features.
That way you and your employees can access the apps and other enterprise systems needed to do the job and there are numerous advantages from adapting such technology.
In addition to bringing flexibility to workers, virtual desktops save companies money by reducing IT infrastructure and operational costs. Studies consistently prove that upkeep and management accounts for 50-70% of the total cost of ownership (TCO) of owning a PC.
Virtual desktops make it easier and more cost effective for IT departments to add and remove devices from the network and to keep them updated with the latest editions of apps and business systems. Virtual desktops are also more secure, reducing the levels of risk in today’s uncertain economic climate. If a PC or any other device breaks down or gets lost or stolen, business information remains intact because it’s stored on a secure server.
Windows Virtual Desktop is the only one to be built from the ground up for IT management through the Cloud, so you know that it’s highly scalable, always up-to-date, and simple to administer through a single Cloud portal. Server licensing costs are minimised and by leveraging Microsoft’s Azure security products, companies can securely store all employee and company data.
Regardless of whether the world is in a pandemic era or not, it is critical for organisations and business leaders today to work towards minimising risk in an uncertain economic environment. One way to tackle this is to have technology by their side to get flexible, efficient, secure and cost-effective access to all business computing systems, whether they are working in the office, at home or commuting on a train. Optimising current resources in a virtualised environment and moving the business forward with speed and agility with the same great UX will enable execs to make quick and effective business decisions from wherever they are located.