The digital workspace is not a new concept, every company is going through the digital transformation journey in some form or capacity as the modern workplace and employee expectations continue to evolve. A digital workspace platform embraces modern management and gives IT visibility across employee’s applications and devices. Nowadays, the concept of a workplace perimeter is quickly fading, as employees continue to demand more flexibility. It is no longer an option, but a necessity to empower employees to work from anywhere, anytime. A Forbes study found when companies provide employees anytime, anywhere access to necessary applications, employees reported a 17% savings in time.
In the same study, there was a strong discrepancy between CIOs and end-users on a range of issues, including availability of apps employees need to do their job (47% of CIOs agreed vs. 24% of end-users.) Clearly, as the data indicates, there is a significant disconnect between CIOs and end-users on application availability and accessibility in the digital workspaces provided.
The benefits of moving to a digital workspace are well documented. Studies confirm a significant ROI while providing substantial time and cost savings, improving productivity, business benefits, and drastically benefiting IT teams. The data supports these claims according the Forrester TEI Study. The key question is, how do you deliver the best possible digital workspace to your employees without compromising security.
There are 3 major requirements for delivering a digital workspace.
1) Delivery of Applications – Anytime, Anywhere
Supporting all apps – mobile, cloud-based, web-based, tasked-based, Windows legacy, etc. – is a must. Not only is it necessary to support all apps, but they also need to be supported from any device, anywhere your employees are located. Making applications highly accessible is crucial in boosting employee performance and productivity, two extremely important factors that determine business success and profitability.By definition, a digital workspace that doesn’t include ALL of the applications an employee needs to do their job when and wherever they need them, is not a digital workspace.
2) Modern Device Management
PC Lifecycle Management is now the way of the past. Modern management allows IT to manage with a cloud-based approach across all devices to deliver drastic time and cost savings to your organization. Not only does this provide organizations scalability, but IT can also manage all devices with zero touch provisioning, software distribution, and security.
3) Manage Experience and Security
You don’t just want to collect data, you need to be able to gain insights and make decisions from each data point. With the digital workspace, IT is in the ideal position to proactively drive successful experiences through measuring and tracking adoption and usage of applications across devices. Instead of reacting to historical data, IT has the ability to access true insights from data which provide the ability to spot trends, identify gaps in experience and security, and make recommendations for change. Do you want more information about setting up a digital workspace? Our specialists are happy to help you