With accelerating demand for remote working, the modern workplace continues to evolve giving rise to new technologies enabling more flexible and productive work environments. According to YouGov Omnibus research, 30 per cent of UK office workers are more prolific when working away from the office. To cater for an increasingly mobile workforce it is important for businesses to identify an appropriate strategy to allow remote staff to collaborate effectively and access information wherever they are.
Recent trends such as remote working and bring your own device (BYOD) continue to rapidly change the modern workplace, highlighting the need for an exceptionally flexible and secure workspace on multiple devices. This coupled with the new flexible working rights has led to the influx of virtual technologies enabling employees to remain productive anywhere and anytime. Nonetheless, many UK businesses remain reluctant to invest in the virtual infrastructure, not realising its benefits in comparison with traditional IT setup.
Cloud-based virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is rising in popularity, providing businesses with the necessary tools to cater for an increasingly mobile workforce. Expected to grow by 27 per cent by 2020, VDI offers a number of benefits around centralised management and simplified deployment, whilst significantly decreasing hardware costs. Furthermore, by allowing users to access files and business applications from any place, at any time, desktop virtualisation has the power to increase business efficiency, productivity and agility while delivering an uncompromised user experience that is collaborative, mobile and secure.
While traditional office based environments require regular maintenance, with virtual desktops this is dramatically reduced as all upgrades can be centrally managed ensuring a smooth, seamless experience for the users whilst reducing administrative and support costs. Consequently, it’s much easier to accommodate temporary employees, contractors and remote workers which can have a positive impact on business productivity, increasing staff performance.
With the rapidly changing work culture and an increasing demand for remote access to corporate data and business applications, many organisations are looking for technology that offers more flexibility and ease of management. Consequently, desktop virtualization has become mainstream technology, dramatically reducing maintenance efforts and cutting hardware costs while supporting access to information from any place, at any time and from a range of end user devices.