IT Focus Area: infrastructure operations
April 10, 2019
Providing a Secure Digital Workspace
In today’s digital age it has become expected for businesses to provide a great employee experience, especially around the ability to work remotely. Why is that, and how did we get here? Well, just think about the many eras of technology. Things have changed pretty drastically over the years, from mainframe to PCs to mobile. This evolution has now expanded the diversity of apps, devices, infrastructures and even people’s working styles. So digital workspaces are becoming powerful competitive differentiators in all industries.
3 Key Elements of Digital Workspace Adoption
So, what key elements should be on your radar when considering digital workspace adoption?
- Employee experience: It’s imperative to provide your employees with great user experience, otherwise they will be frustrated and less productive. Be sure to employ a digital workspace solution that will encourage employee engagement and collaboration. Allow them to work together easily, to find and share information, and to access all the business applications they need to do their jobs. And, most importantly, give them the ability to be productive at any time, in any place.
- IT and business capability: While end-user experience is important, so are a business's needs. Having a digital workspace solution that enables end-user computing, mobility management, and all networking requirements is the key to success.
- Security and access: All users want easy access to applications, endpoints, data, networks and more. It’s important to have a solution that allows for this type of access while ensuring that all confidential information, data, etc. is kept secure through multiple security means.
Now that we know what to look for, let’s touch on common challenges that hold businesses back from taking the digital workspace leap.
Challenge: Cloud Adoption
We’ve talked a bit about the importance of building a digital workspace for employees, but a huge part of that may include preparing for cloud adoption, which can be overwhelming to some organizations and their administrators. Many businesses make the mistake of assuming that having a strategy in place for remote employees means that they have to move everything to the cloud, all at once. But it doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing approach; organizations can move directly to the cloud, or they can start by taking a hybrid approach. It’s best to consider a vendor and unified solution that will let you easily manage adoption whichever cloud strategy you choose, and that will adapt as your needs and priorities change or expand. But the cloud is a key element of any digital workspace strategy, as cloud-based options allow flexible access from anywhere.
Challenge: Securing Everything
Virtual apps and desktops play a major role in securing data in an increasingly mobile workspace. Because applications, desktops, and any other important data are safely housed in the data center or cloud, sensitive information does not actually live on any device. Yet users can access and manipulate them as needed from their devices. Furthermore, a digital workspace solution provides centralized management for access, security, patches, updates, and data, and it does it all more easily than juggling multiple management points.
Why Digital Workspace Solutions?
The benefits of utilizing a digital workspace solution include:
- Unified user experiences across multiple devices
- Unified administration experience
- A secure digital workspace
- Aggregation of all apps and data across various applications, both on-premises and in the cloud
- Access anywhere, at any time, on any device
Take this into consideration as you continue to build a remote workforce strategy.