People first, technology second.
Today’s workforce is changing the dynamic of how, where, when, and why we work. It is time we rethink work.
The rise of telework, telecommuting, remote work, work-from-home, distributed work, mobile work, smart working, and workshifting is a testament to the changing demands the modern workforce is placing on business leadership. We are being challenged to drive accommodation, flexibility, and to be innovative in defining how technology and process can match with people and their desired workstyles.
Yet in their quest to design a more accommodating platform, businesses, for the most part, end up providing a fragmented experience, delivering services differently in-office versus out-of-office. This not only creates a poor experience for our users, but it also increases the burden placed on IT to manage disparate approaches. That is not work-life balance.
Enter Digital Workspaces.
A digital workspace is a cohesive technology framework designed to amalgamate and manage application, desktop and data delivery, allowing employees to access anything, from anywhere, across any device. A successful digital workspace provides a unified and secure experience, coupling application and desktop virtualization, file sharing and content collaboration, endpoint management, secure access to all forms of applications (native, web, SaaS and mobile), single sign-on, and automation. More importantly, a digital workspace provides the same user experience regardless of physical location and minimizes demand on IT. That is work-life balance.
A digital workspace is unified, delivering a consistent user experience anywhere and everywhere.
Users are able to access everything they need and remain productive from a single interface, regardless of where they are – in-office or working from home – or where resources are – on-premises or in public cloud – or what device they prefer – Microsoft, Linux, Android, or Apple.
A digital workspace is secure, protecting the workspace without disrupting the user experience.
IT has centralized control over devices used to access the workspace, allowing end users to work securely on any device they want; providing contextual access supported by analytics and machine learning, resulting in an optimal experience with mitigated risk to the business.
A digital workspace is intelligent, learning from users to guide, automate and increase the efficiency of their work.
Guided and automated workflows, coupled with machine learning, allow digital workspaces to automate, streamline and expedite routine tasks for users.
Increase Employee Experience.
According to research, the more engaged employees are in their work, the more productive they will be; driving greater outputs and more contributions to the success of the business. This engagement boils down to increasing and striving for positive employee experiences, an imperative item on senior management’s agenda. Employee experience is simply not just a matter of leadership mindset and approach, technology must play its role as well. By providing a digital workspace solution, you can transform the employee experience and enable a simple, more flexible workstyle that attracts and retains human capital, drives greater employee engagement, and pushes the business forward.
Exposing applications, desktops and data for anywhere access increases the risk of account compromise, data leakage, and other malicious events, especially in the absence of a digital workspace such as a VPN. A digital workspace can improve security and mitigate risk, as platforms can be built on the concept of Zero Trust – providing only the access needed based on the risk profile of the user, device, or the location of access. As the trust of the situation increase, as does the access to services. Conversely, as the trust of the situation decreases, determined through actionable analytics, service exposure is decreased. This allows businesses to stay ahead of both internal and external threats and end-user mistakes.
A successful digital workspace permits flexibility in how, where, and why services are deployed, without compromising security or user experience. A digital workspace should offer a “one stop shop” for employees to access any application – native, web, mobile and SaaS – and any desktop or data repository, regardless of their hosting source. Further, a digital workspace should provide IT with the flexibility in who manages the strategy, platform and direction, and how, avoiding point solutions and vendor lock-in.
Digital Workspaces are…
Are you ready to take advantage of Microsoft Azure for Citrix workloads?
Our Citrix on Azure Readiness Assessment will uncover the necessary requirements, provide guidelines for the transformation ahead and get you there quicker. Delivered as a three-day virtual workshop, our Citrix on Azure Readiness Assessment will evaluate your existing Citrix digital workspace strategy which will include:
- A strategic discovery around digital workspace justification including current and future use cases
- An expert-led review of your existing deployment approach, workloads, licensing models and existing cloud integrations
- An exploration of benefits and detriments of as well as common approaches to deploying Citrix on Azure
- Development of a high-level summary report including findings, readiness grade, cost estimations, and where to get started
As a Citrix Platinum Partner and Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform partner, we are uniquely suited to aid in all of your Digital Workspace transformation efforts.
We are Digital Workspace experts.
Recognized as Canada’s leading experts in Digital Workspace solutions, our Workspace Craft practice defines the appropriate technology strategy and investments that align to user personas and business needs, and supports the modern workforce demand for heightened employee engagement. Across Citrix and Microsoft portfolios as well as complimenting solutions from IGEL and Lenovo, our team of highly certified architects and engineers drive Digital Workspace and customer success across intelligence, automation and agility, to increase productivity and work-life balance. Guaranteed.
Citrix Partner of the Year for Canada, 2017
IGEL Emerging Partner of the Year for Canada, 2019
Ingram Micro Cloud Partner of the Year for Canada (Nominated), 2018-2019
Do not ignore the endpoint!
Incorporating Digital Workspaces into your technology stack is only one part of a holistic Digital Workspace strategy. The endpoint must also be factored. Learn how IGEL OS is the ideal operating system to support Digital and Cloud Workspaces.
If increasing employee engagement and experience is on your agenda, a Digital Workspace is a great place to start. We can help. Today.
Digital Workspace Insight
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