Five years ago, few businesses embraced the cloud. In 2017, global cloud spend is set to increase by nearly 25 percent. Cloud computing is an intrinsic part of our lives at home and at work and it is driving digital transformations for forward-looking businesses.
But what does it mean for the workspace – the infrastructure, software, hardware and services employees use every day?
From the outside, enterprise desktop migration looks expensive and time-consuming. In reality, neither of these assumptions are true.
So let’s take a look at a day in the life of an enterprise both before and after workspace transformation:
The evolution of the workspace: enterprise desktop migration
Work happens everywhere. Employees access work apps and data from anywhere in the world and use them in real-time. The increasing demand for agility and accessibility is sculpting the next wave of enterprise software.
To meet these expectations, IT managers need to change their approach in three areas:
- Consumption – the use and deployment of apps
- Performance – the agility and scalability of software
- Security – the governance and accessibility of data
Enterprise IT executives expect 60 percent of workloads to run in the cloud by 2020. The flexibility of the cloud is accelerating app deployment, enabling end-users to access their enterprise desktop remotely via their own device.
Companies aren’t restricted by on-premise servers and infrastructure anymore. This lets them scale their Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) at any time to accommodate changing workplace demands e.g. on-boarding new staff or letting people work flexibly in a business continuity situation when regular offices are not available.
Employees are tied to one desktop, forced to wait until working hours to securely access files and data.
We live in an app economy. Smart device users expect to employ a service at the touch of a button. Transferred to the workspace, this culture is driving business growth.
Remaining agile is important and companies investing in the cloud are managing to burn through workloads faster and more efficiently than those reliant on legacy systems.
Self-service portals are also helping managers improve user support and reduce the burden on their IT team. By integrating with existing Active Directory infrastructure, these portals allow employees to reset passwords and access data independently, without stretching support staff.
Legacy servers are the only option for data storage and application. Workloads take days or even weeks to process and IT support is overrun by user requests.
To keep up with end-users and customers, IT managers are focusing on speed and delivery. SaaS packages such as Office 365 and Microsoft SharePoint offer scalable, enterprise-wide collaboration in real-time.
With The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to come into force on 25 May 2018, data governance is playing a crucial role in security and compliance processes. Companies are becoming more aware of the need for ubiquitous regulations and are employing the cloud to ensure safer data handling.
Mobile device management services like Microsoft Intune are enabling managers to secure corporate information at an app level. Rather than intrusively monitoring individual devices, enterprises are preventing breaches through one central application.
Identity access management is top of the agenda, dictating which employees can access confidential information at which times. Physical servers in cloud data centres are kept under heavy lock and key and data is encrypted in transit to prevent unauthorised access.
Leaky firewalls and unsecured servers leave data at risk of theft and tampering. Ungoverned user access and causal remote working practices make it near impossible to identify who has their hands on your most sensitive information.
Data security and identity management remain a concern for managers, especially in enterprises with BYOD policies. But, today, 64 percent of enterprises consider cloud infrastructure to be more secure than legacy systems.
The future’s bright, the future’s virtual
The cloud is already altering the workspace for the better, and enterprise desktop migration is becoming a must. By 2020, a corporate ‘no cloud’ policy will be as a rare as a ‘no-internet’ policy today, says Gartner. And by 2025, we believe that cloud-hosted VDIs will be more popular than today’s laptops and desktops.
Well, that’s our summary, make sure to let us know your thoughts on enterprise desktop migration below. Should you wish to learn more, download this guide on benchmarking your workspace ⇓
Written by Neil Allgood, | Practice Lead, RedPixie | See his LinkedIn Profile