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What is BYOD?

Organizations now have increasingly started to encourage employees to use their own devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets, etc. within the organization. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) refers to this trend of employees using their personal devices to connect to the organization networks and access their work-related applications and data.

With many organizations operating from remote locations and supporting their employees working from home or connecting on the go while on work-related travel, BYOD has become more prevalent. BYOD solutions can potentially increase employees’ efficiency, productivity, and morale. However, they also come with vulnerabilities in the network while accessing confidential data, which when left unaddressed by IT, can pose serious security challenges to the organization.

Why is BYOD important?

BYOD has become essential for businesses, especially for organizations with field workforce. Below are some of the reasons why BYOD is vital for organizations:

  • Increased Productivity :

    Employees are more comfortable when using a familiar device. It helps increases the employee’s productivity. Moreover, the employee can work offsite (or work from home) without having to switch devices.

  • Cost Savings :

    Introducing BYOD policies can reduce the costs related to hardware, maintenance and management of company assets.

  • Employee Loyalty and Retention :

    Implementing BYOD gives a perspective that the business is progressive and technically enabled. With a proper BYOD policy, employees will feel comfortable to operate on their own devices and will allow them to feel more in control of their work. When employees feel empowered, their productivity also increases.

How does Virtualization enable BYOD?

Virtualization makes it easier to deliver applications and data securely on employee-owned devices while providing them any time, anywhere, and any device connectivity. It allows IT admins to push enterprise applications hosted on a cloud or on-premises environment to employees’ devices seamless and securely.

With the current virtualization and cloud technologies, the data remains in the data center/cloud, thus ensuring there is no data loss or data theft when an employee damages or loses his/her personal device. The IT admins can even control what data (or access to applications) is delivered to the users based on the circumstances (such as the location of the user etc.). While the companies can take multiple measures to ensure security, it is also important to provide training and policies to the employees, around single sign-on and data sensitivity.

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing provides on-demand delivery of the computing services such as servers, storage, databases, networks, analytics, software etc., over the Internet. Mostly delivered on a pay-as-you-go pricing model, it helps to bring down the IT operating costs.

There are three ways to deploy cloud – Public Cloud, Private Cloud and Hybrid Cloud.

Most Cloud Computing services are offered under three categories – Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS).

Why Cloud Computing?

Cloud Computing offers the following key benefits to an organization.

  • Cost Saving :

    CapEx on hardware, software, facilities, data centres etc. is eliminated. It also reduces the costs on IT team resources as any cloud operations and issues can be handled by the cloud service providers.

  • Scalability :

    With cloud, enterprises can deliver the right amount of IT resources that is actually needed. Enterprises can scale up or down the resources as per the business need.

  • Performance :

    Cloud services gives access to multiple technologies which can be deployed within a very short period of time. The cloud computing services run on networks from data centres that are frequently updated to the latest version of the hardware or software or technologies.

  • Security & Reliability :

    Backup and Disaster Recovery becomes easy with Cloud Computing, as data is stored elsewhere, and enterprises need not worry about Business Continuity. The Cloud providers also follow a set of rules and policies to ensure the data and applications are secure and protected from potential threats.

What are the benefits of migrating to the cloud?

Enterprises will need to move away from the traditional computing infrastructure and adopt cloud (public, private or hybrid) to accelerate their End User Computing transformation journey. Business leaders are looking at cloud collaboration as a sure-shot way to increase productivity, obtain concrete results, and enhance innovation. Following are the benefits:

  • Data Security
  • Enhanced backup
  • Increased resource sharing
  • Flexibility
  • Business Agility
  • Facilitates Innovation
  • Greater Efficiency
  • Cost Effective
  • Better Collaboration

Read our Blog to understand more about Cloud benefits.

Why are cloud solutions important?

Remote working has become the new normal, and many enterprises are introducing permanent work from home policies to run their business. Enterprises are moving away from the traditional computing infrastructure and adopting cloud solutions to cater to their business needs. Business leaders are looking at cloud technology as a sustainable way to increase collaboration and communication, improve data security, and ensure employee productivity. Following are some of the benefits of Cloud solutions:

  • Data Security and backup
  • Increased resource sharing
  • Flexibility and agility
  • Greater Efficiency
  • Cost Effective
  • Better Collaboration

Enterprises need to choose the right cloud solution that is sustainable, secure, and scalable to adapt to the changing needs of businesses in the long-term. Adopting cloud desktops and applications can provide employees with secure access to data and applications while enabling them to communicate and collaborate from the convenience of their homes.

DaaS (Desktop as a Service) has emerged as a viable and comprehensive solution for organizations of all sizes. While DaaS platforms offer hardware and software components for managing devices, it leaves IT teams to struggle with a day to day operational management. However, a DaaS provider enables enterprises to unburden internal operations management of IT infrastructure, thereby allowing IT managers to focus on strategic issues related to business growth and profitability.

It is important to choose the right implementation and management partner to avoid frequent business disruptions, increase in talent attrition, and decrease in user productivity leading to poor business outcomes. Choosing the right DaaS provider can provide a seamless workload transition and enhance end-user experience multi-fold. Apart from price, organizations must consider the following factors while evaluating the DaaS provider:

  • Technical Competency
  • Focus on Compliance & Security
  • Keeping you in business – Backup & Disaster recovery
  • End-to-End support
  • Price versus Absolute Value

To understand more about how to evaluate a DaaS provider, read this blog.

What is the future of DaaS (Desktop-as-a-Service)?

The future of work has changed as the workplace moves to home. The need to expand remote work solutions has pushed businesses and their IT teams to re-consider End-User Computing (EUC) technologies like VDI & DaaS.

DaaS is helping organizations to overcome the remote work challenges such as data security, accessibility, and operational issues. With remote working becoming the new normal, DaaS adoption is one way to cater to the organization’s scalability and flexible pricing needs in the long term. According to Gartner, DaaS adoption is expected to grow at 44% by 2023, contributing to more than 50% of annual spending on Remote Client Computing by 2023.

To know more about our Managed DaaS solutions, please visit our page.

What is Remote Working?

Remote working is one of the fastest growing trends in modern workplace. It is a way of working outside of the traditional or physical workplace, using digital technologies such as Virtualization (applications, desktop, network), virtual networks, Cloud and AI.

How is remote working beneficial?

With remote working, organizations can save more as the need for office space, desktop infrastructure and travel is reduced.
Remote working helps organizations to be prepared in the event of any disruption by enabling work from home option and keeping the business operations up and running.
Employees can work flexibly from anywhere and at anytime using any device, improving employee satisfaction and productivity.

Along with many benefits of remote working, organizations must consider providing seamless communication and collaboration, uninterrupted access to enterprise applications, and better data security.

As organizations struggle with business disruptions and workforce safety, remote working has become ‘the new normal’, ensuring business and economic continuity for current and future emergencies. A recent Gartner survey revealed that at-least 48% of employees will work remotely as compared to 30% before COVID-19.

Organizations are establishing permanent work from home policies that are sustainable, secure, and scalable to adapt to the long-term changing needs of businesses. The right digital workplace technology for work from home can reduce infrastructure and operational costs and reduce carbon footprint while providing a flexible working environment leading to higher productivity. Adopting virtual desktops can provide employees with secure access to data and applications while enabling them to communicate and collaborate from the convenience of their homes.

What is Desktop Virtualization in Cloud Computing?

Desktop Virtualization is a technology that empowers end-users with a virtual computing environment across devices (desktops, laptops, tablets, mobile phone, etc.) and locations thereby delivering a consistent user experience. It ensures a secure, highly available, cost effective desktop infrastructure wherein, end-user desktops are hosted on a centralized server, while ensuring maximum control and security over access and usage of desktops by end-users.

For enterprises, Desktop virtualization offers the following benefits that support their workplace transformation strategy:

  • Device and Location Independence :

    When we talk about future workplace, organizations must strive to provide absolute work flexibility to their workforce. This means work must be independent of location or device. Virtualization ensures availability of user desktops across several devices and geographically spread locations enabling seamless access to data and applications. This not only helps in improving employee productivity but makes it easier to implement BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) type policies.

  • Cost Optimization :

    Most transformation projects start with cost as a key metric to success. Desktop virtualization brings down the Capex investments associated with hardware refreshes. Virtualization solutions are not only cost effective on a TCO basis but can also provide opportunities to convert Capex into OpEx if required.

  • Robust Security :

    Most business or industry verticals are governed or regulated by stringent compliance and security protocols. Complying with all such regulations is essential for business viability, specifically for sectors like Banking & Financial Services and Healthcare. Virtualization provides a computing environment that is highly secure as all data and applications are hosted on the central server and can be monitored and managed centrally.

  • Low Energy Consumption :

    Since organizations are becoming more responsible and sensitive towards environment sustainability, the CXOs are also looking for alternative options for lowering power consumption. Virtualization brings down energy consumption by use of Thin Clients /Zero Clients which require a little processing power and has lower electric power and cooling requirements.

Digital Workplace is about empowering users with data and applications while ensuring zero business interruption across locations and devices. Organizations need to provide a highly flexible and agile environment to users, wherein they can rapidly access data and applications specific to their work, while the IT teams seamlessly manage the backend including frequent updates and patches without any disruption to end-users.

Some of the goals of a Digital Workplace are as follows:

  • Adopting digital technologies like Cloud Collaboration to improve employee engagement and collaboration
  • Enhancing security protocols and easy features like Multi-factor Authentication & Single Sign On
  • Using Content Management tools or applications to share and manage the content in the knowledge repository

This digital transformation of the workplace is now significantly accelerated by COVID-19. The almost-overnight demand for work from home and rapid change in business model by adoption of digital technologies has driven the need for collaboration tools like video conferencing and underscored the need for virtual desktops, cloud-based applications and other hallmarks of the new digital office.

We see

  • 64% organizations in India are expected to increase demand for cloud computing”
  • Cloud market is expected to grow to 295 billion by 2021 at 12.5% Compounded Annual Growth (CAGR)
  • It is estimated that the Global Digital Workplace Market size would reach $44.9 billion by 2026.

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