Cloud technology has profoundly transformed the world around us. We use it in our personal lives; to book taxis, to keep in touch with friends, to order food and to stream media. It’s no wonder, therefore, that in the era of the cloud, employees expect the same access to information and services at work.
Indeed, at work, the cloud has revolutionised the way we do things; with the ability to access everything we need, from anywhere, on any internet-enabled device.
A recent study (Google and Forrester), found that “one in four workers in today’s enterprises are already cloud workers”. What’s more, according to the findings, these employees “spend, on average, 4.6 hours working in browser-based business apps across multiple devices, and regard the freedom to access company resources from any location as fundamental to their work/life balance.”
This supports earlier reports which have found that rapidly changing attitudes towards work are redefining the traditional office environment. Today, fewer people sit at their desks 9-5 than ever before; with mobile technology, hosted desktop solutions, and the shifting expectations of employees driving this change.
77% of workers say they prefer technologies that give them the freedom to choose how and where to get their work done.
Office workers are no longer sitting behind desks all day, and mobile workers demand real-time connectivity to get access to everything they need (and to interact with customers and back-office staff). And, in the era of the cloud worker, your employees expect their business apps and devices to be as mobile and flexible as their personal ones. For example, they want to be able to check their emails no matter when and where they are and join conference calls outside of the 9-5 without it impacting massively on their free time.
In response, businesses must do more to meet this desire for new and flexible ways of working. Not just to ensure that their workforce is effective (although this is vital), but also so that they don’t lose sought-after employees to competitors.
As such, more and more organisations are now thinking about how they can meet the needs of an increasingly cloud-centric workforce. Especially as, by 2020 it is estimated that 80% of business apps will be in the cloud (in 2018 that figure is 53%).
The benefit of a cloud-based hosted desktop in the era of the cloud-worker
Organisations of all types and sizes need reliable and secure tools that provide the flexibility workers need. At the same time, these tools must be easy to manage so that the burden on in-house IT teams doesn’t become unmanageable.
The good news is that the cloud-based hosted desktop can help to meet this challenge.
- Improve productivity. Access all your business critical information, in real-time, from multiple data sources. So your employees can do their jobs wherever and whenever they are; on any internet enabled device
- Foster collaboration. Make internal business silos a thing of the past by improving visibility between different departments and offices
- Facilitate flexible working. Provide instant access to company data through the use of personal or business devices
- Keep ahead of the curve. Get better IT for your business, at an affordable price
- Improve security. Enjoy the highest levels of security and reliability, with all your data backed up in high security and carefully controlled UK data centres
- Mitigate downtime. Rest assured that IT specialists are watching your system all the time; making sure it’s running smoothly and quickly; with 99.9% uptime guaranteed
- Become agile. Just pay for what you need on a per-user basis and scale up (or down) on demand
- Futureproof your business. Benefit from a flexible system that supports business growth, rather than hinders it.
In uncertain economic times businesses are often reluctant to shake things up. Instead, they seek to reduce costs and focus on short-term profitability. However, with a hosted-desktop you get access to enterprise-level IT services for one affordable low monthly fee. With no costly hardware to buy or maintain. In fact, though the streamlining of procedures and improved collaboration and connectivity, mobile leaders boast an average return on investment (ROI) of 150%.
Crucially, with the ability to succeed and thrive dependent on being able to adapt and respond to new models of working, doing nothing is not an option. The question isn’t “can you afford to update your technology to support cloud-working”, but “can you afford not to?”
For more information on how we can help get your business ready for the era of the cloud-worker, contact us today for an informal chat.
 VMWare, State of Business Mobility Report