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Is IT Supporting or Slowing Today’s Mobile Workforce?

By Ines Marjanovic

If we were to compare the workforce of the past up against today’s, what would we see? Better diversity, improved accessibility and inclusivity, and a more accommodating company culture, for starters. But one of the biggest changes we’ve seen in the past 20 years is an increasingly mobile, flexible workforce. 

Today, more workers have the freedom to work when and where they need and aren’t nearly as confined to a physical workplace. And this is a promising, important shift for today’s enterprises. The more autonomy an employee has, the more productive the overall business becomes.

So it’s no wonder over 50% of businesses offer employees flexible time; 44% provide flexible locations; and 42% provide flexible roles. But what kind of technology is supporting this shift to flexibility—and what roadblocks are keeping businesses from enabling this mobile initiative?

How Enterprises are Changing

As the modern workforce becomes less reliant on being physically available, enterprises are fine-tuning their technology stacks to accommodate this change. 

According to a recent IDC report, 42% of businesses plan on delivering all of their enterprise applications through mobile devices and apps, enabling workers to access information on devices beyond desktops and laptops. Not to mention, 48% are going so far as to implement mobile security and identity measures to improve productivity, indicating a changing expectation in favor of workforce mobility. 

And on the industry level, over 40% of healthcare, energy, manufacturing, and media enterprises give their workers the freedom to perform their job wherever they need—all while improving productivity standards. It’s a no-brainer—workers that have the flexibility to work when, where, and any device are more productive, and businesses are taking note.

But is IT doing the same?

The IT Inhibitor

Bogged down by outdated hardware and software, IT has had a hard time catching up to mobile workforce demands. 50% of companies even say that outdated IT is blocking them from being more agile, and 40% even say that IT simply can’t respond to their requests fast enough.

Not to mention, the average time to procure and provision a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) system is between 14-28 weeks, and the average time to deliver a laptop takes anywhere from 4-6 weeks

Today’s enterprises simply don’t have that kind of time to wait. But to accelerate response times, IT can’t rely on traditional procuring and provisioning methods to deliver client computing resources. 

That’s where software can help. 

Enter: End-User Computing

End-user computing (EUC) is a crucial software-as-a-service (SaaS) initiative more businesses are investing in to provide virtualized applications and desktops. Instead of the several weeks it takes to provision a desktop, EUC enables minute-long setups. 

In fact, thanks to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), the average time to set up a virtual desktop on a cloud is 4-6 minutes, and the average time to deploy a virtual enterprise application is just 1-2 minutes. That’s a staggering time difference compared to the traditional method, lasting several weeks and months.

And speed isn’t the only improvement. So long as a user has a network connection, they’re able to access their virtualized applications from any device, enabling them to perform their duties no matter where they are. 

But despite these benefits, have fully taken the dive into EUC. Well-founded fears regarding cloud placement and latency issues mean some businesses keep EUC an ephemeral memory rather than a tangible initiative. Not to mention, many businesses aren’t sure what they need to make EUC a reality. Components like an endpoint device, and operating system, and an asset management system are just a couple of examples. 

It can seem like a complex puzzle. To navigate the space and understand how exactly EUC came to be and how to adopt it yourself, check out the End-User Computing for Dummies eBook, and take a look at key EUC figures in the new IDC infobrief.

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