The modern workplace is changing. What we used to consider as the office is
now at home, on the train, at the airport and in the coffee shop across the
road. It’s anywhere that your always on, always connected workers happen to be
when they’re hooked up to their mobile device. Regardless of industry or
business type, this new era of mobility
can bring a wealth of benefits to your business such as productivity
enhancements, lower running costs as well as a lighter carbon footprint.
Of course locking down company data and applications is paramount
particularly when most of your precious IP is right out there with your mobile
workers. And this is where a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) can really
make a difference in any small or medium-sized business.
Fewer desktop problems and more efficient centralised support mean fewer IT
headaches and lower support costs. Storing data centrally rather than on
individual devices is simply best practice but something that is hard to
enforce in a normal desktop environment. And improved security – you can cope
much better if it’s just the device that goes missing, not everything on it.
In any small business the opportunity to migrate from regulation desktops
and laptops and the litany of headaches that go with them to a virtualised environment with the capability to deploy thin
clients, netbooks and tablets all supported by a lightweight but empowered IT
team really is something to think about. You are not only reducing the costs of
managing IT, but you are expanding the reach of your organisation by making
your employees more mobile and responsive.
Take a call centre environment where each worker needs access to specific
data and applications, but they don’t really need the power of a PC under their
desks sucking up power.
What about real estate? Giving real estate agents the ability to work from
wherever they are, on whatever device. It could be an old office Windows XP
machine, their personal iPad or even a computer in an Internet cafe from which
they access the company’s email,
CRM data and business suite to service their clients and make the sale.
The same applies for healthcare and legal. Think about the doctor doing the
rounds in the fast-paced confines of a hospital or a lawyer running between
courts. They can easily and securely access sensitive patient information or
confidential client documents where and when they need them without being tied
to a device.
VDI is the essence of a flexible workplace. You can have workers tapping in from
home, your sales team out on the road and your remote team in branch offices
In my next post I’m going to be looking at the benefits of the private
And in the meantime, I’d love to hear about your working environment to see
how VDI could benefit your business.