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Digital Workspace is the New Mantra for the Digital Worker of Today

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Gartner says that CIOs now have to think of digital dexterity within their organisations to adopt new work solutions to transform into a digital workspace. With the constant change in business and technology needs, the CIOs are challenged right now to have work solutions that will enable the workforce a unified work experience no matter from where they work without impacting the business processes.

According to the Gartner survey, only around 18 percent of organisations have digital dexterity to enable a digital workplace. Talking about the same, Craig Roth, Research Vice President Gartner said, “Organisations now want to support mobile, team-oriented ways of work, for which they want to adopt new ways of work (NWOW) work solutions like virtual collaboration and mobile work. So those solutions that are targeting NWOW, are tapping into a high growth area.” However, he points out that most organisations are still grappling with the concept and very few are actually exploiting new technologies for the same.

But, solution providers for digital infrastructure are already developing such solutions. Take for example VMWare, the company has developed and launched an intelligence-driven digital workspace platform.  “As CIOs and IT leaders implement business transformation, they must address a variety of management challenges head-on given the influx of multiple device platforms, ever-increasing security risks and mission-critical applications that are key to enabling today’s employees,” explained Noah Wasmer, senior vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware.

VMWare’s Workspace ONE works around the premise of modern management with high level of intelligent automation where the organisations are able to offer better employee workspace experiences. Giving an insight into modern management, Phil Hochmuth, program director, Enterprise Mobility, IDC said, “Modern management is appealing to businesses on several fronts as IT leaders break through traditional silos and transition to consolidate mobile and PC groups to adopt a holistic platform of capabilities that fit business needs.” VMWare is working with partners like Dell, Microsoft, TrendMicro, Checkpoint to bring this solution.

VMWare Workspace ONE helps CIOs deliver different workspace services to the employees in a flexible but secure manner. Various modules with Workspace ONE allow CIOs to drive down costs and accelerate the transformation of legacy Windows applications so they can be presented and accessed alongside SaaS, web and mobile apps within the digital workspace.

“Built on a foundation of modern management and bolstered by our expansive ecosystem of capabilities, Workspace ONE is empowering IT organizations with the ability to provide a highly-automated, on-demand workspace platform that delivers valuable insights, greater employee experiences, dramatic cost savings, and increased security,” added Wasmer. Workspace ONE is a cloud-based platform that offers ‘ready to work’ solutions to the employees, who can access various applications seamlessly.

Working around similar concept is Citrix, the unified digital workplace and analytics solution provider, has introduced its Citrix Workspace. The solution puts all apps, data, and communications in one place. With Citrix Workspace, internal web apps, SaaS apps, mobile apps, Windows and Linux-based apps can all exist in one unified platform. Since the solution integrates all the apps and files in a unified, context-aware interface, employees are able to accomplish their work in lesser time. The solution also enhances user experience by enabling cross-platform transition – the users are able to seamlessly switch devices and IT support is able to reduce the support needed and better monitor and manage the systems. Citrix Workspace App gives users secure, single sign-on (SSO) access to all the applications, including widely-used apps like Salesforce and Workday.

Citirx is now looking to turn the workspace into something far more integrated, unified and people-centric, and providing organizations with the ability to manage any device – whether laptops, smart phones, tablets or new IoT devices – people choose to work with. The aim is to enable organisations take a mobile-first app.

That is why Citrix has tied up with Samsung to support Samsung DeX-enabled smart phones and tablets. “By integrating Citrix Workspace with the new Samsung DeX-enabled phones and tablets, we’re helping organizations transform their employee and customer experiences to be mobile-first. Combined with Citrix Unified Endpoint Management, customers can securely manage Samsung devices along with all their corporate-issued or BYO devices,” said Calvin Hsu, vice president, product marketing at Citrix. With Citrix Workspace app, Samsung device users can access virtual apps and desktops, mobile and SaaS apps and data securely, while seamlessly moving between mobile devices and laptops or workstations to complete tasks.

So the time for flexible, secure unified workspace is here, and CIOs need to gear up for the technologies that enable this.

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