Enterprise Mobility is Changing the Definition of ‘The Office’
The Office. Where exactly is that anymore? We all can say it’s located at such and such address, but does every employee go to the office everyday to work? Or if they do, the bigger question is, do they need to go to the office to work? Can they work from their home, the job site, a cafe or even the beach?
The very idea of forcing your staff to go to an official office with “their desk” is quickly becoming an out of date idea. Why? Well you probably already know the answer which is the mobile desktop. No longer are we chained to a specific location to perform our work duties. Workers can now harness the multitude of advantages in our current technological state. Mobile devices such as tablets, mobile phones and even laptops, along with cloud services have broken those chains. And management, and especially IT departments, should be rejoicing. The amount of overhead costs associated with a physical office, with individual workstations can be wiped off the budget sheet. Downsizing of office infrastructure, workstations, furniture, physical space leads to immediate cost savings and headaches.
Enterprise mobility is a growing trend as more and more companies realize the power and potential of a mobile workforce outside of the physical office environment. Corporate data is now fluid. Moving from one user to another in seconds. One location to another location across the globe. An employee works on a presentation at their local Starbucks in the morning using their laptop. That afternoon, they sit down with others on their team at the job site to give the presentation on their iPad.
The power of cloud hosted applications, software, data and desktops has literally revolutionized how we are working. And I believe we are just beginning to see what this means for all of us in our daily lives. New technologies and ways of interacting with data are becoming available on a daily basis. Stuff of science fiction you might say.
Here is a partial list of what you can expect by migrating your applications, software, data and desktops to the cloud:
- Access from any device, i.e. smart phone, tablet, laptop, desktop
- Access from a browser
- No downloads
- Access to all your files
- Access to any software you want to install
- Access to any file or folder
- No more syncing
- File transfer to and from your virtual desktop
- Secure file storage
- Backup all your files and settings
- Software upgrades
- 24/7 online support
- Low per user cost
- No hardware to worry about
At this point, it is worth the time and effort for IT departments to take a hard look at this opportunity, and at a minimum do some cost/productivity comparisons. We are definitely past the days of early adoption, with many larger companies now taking the steps to move in the direction of cloud-based desktops, apps and file storage. Hensel Phelps, Turner Construction are a couple of our client names that come to mind.
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