Posted on December 26, 2019
In the business world, data privacy, employee productivity, and efficiency matter most. The impact of digital transformation on your business model makes it increasingly important to put the comfort and expectations of employees front and centre while acknowledging the sensitivity of the information right from intellectual property, employee correspondence, finances and more.. Fortunately, technology helps make this happen with BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and hosted desktops. According to a recent report, BYOD work from home employees work an extra two hours because of time-saving on their commute. Hosted desktops, essentially a virtual desktop (DaaS), also have a proven track record of increasing efficiency and driving better company growth. These are two reasons work as a testament to why the concept of virtual offices has increased in the last few years. A report from BetaNews states that the BYOD market is on course to hit almost $367 billion by 2022, proving that the future is here and it is virtual.
As the remote office concept grows in prevalence, it has become increasingly important to adopt newer work models that are efficient and secure. SMBs, laser-focused on reduced cost while maximizing productivity with a keen eye for privacy while maximizing productivity, opt for virtual offices because it is proven to provide a less expensive work model while empowering businesses to work anytime, anywhere across devices. These virtual office infrastructures offered by service providers like Microsoft are also governed by several international standards to protect the data from cyber threats, security breaches, and hackers. BYOD and hosted desktops help small firms’ IT economics ensure business continuity and growth, allowing employees to maintain focus on the task rather than on adjusting to new technologies or systems.
For small and medium businesses, the switch to BYOD is a significant step forward. To consider and implement the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ system of work in the office, there are a few critical steps that will ensure a smooth and successful implementation of your remote work culture.
Strict security protocols
Security is one of the foremost concerns for implementing BYOD in SMB. To that end, it is recommended to have clear written BYOD policies. These policies cover all aspects of business and ensure an effective security protocol is in place. Since the business will happen outside rigid office premises, these policies lay the ground rules; employees need to follow to ensure company information is not compromised.
Efficient cloud servers
To protect sensitive and confidential information from hackers, capitalize on cloud storage solutions. These servers allow easy access and make it convenient for others in the organization to access files without compromising on security. Also, cloud servers have minimal downtime, and they are extremely cost-effective in the long run.
Secure login using VPN
Although employees will be using their own devices to work and access company information, it is vital to ensure data protection and privacy. A Virtual Private Network is a protective layer for companies as they encrypt data, making access possible from the outside and yet secure.
The foremost advantage of adopting BYOD in SMB is cost-effectiveness. Investing in assets, particularly desktops, increases the cost that companies with smaller capitals cannot accommodate. With BYOD, SMBs can look at minimizing this cost and capitalize that money for business development.
– The flexibility of work improves productivity
Since employees are no longer chained to their desktops, the ability to work from home increases. This flexibility increases employee morale, thus having a direct effect on increased productivity. Also, employees find this option better suited against the long commute and late nights at work.
– Minimal system training
Since employees are using devices they already own, training them on a specific OS is minimal. Owing to reduced supervision, the company can save time and effort in training modules and move to work without any bottlenecks. Also, since most sharing happens over cloud and e-mail, the need to assist personnel with files and servers is contained, thus making an effort efficient.
As virtual offices take center stage, the need for cloud is growing at a rapid rate. Cloud architecture allows systems to scale globally with minimal loss of control. Cloud service architecture allows the user to leverage real-time data for insights to enhance security compliance and configurations settings with minimal downtime.
One of the formidable players in the hosted desktops domain is Microsoft. Microsoft allows enterprises to use virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with a simplified management process to handle multi-session with Windows Virtual desktop (WVD). The service also supports Remote Desktop Services (RDS) that helps companies scale up with a host of Microsoft offerings in minutes without compromising security and other compliance features.
Microsoft Azure also offers a competitive subscription that makes creating additional host pools easier when employee count grows. Using Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session capability, companies can reduce virtual machine and OS costs exponentially.
Another offering from Microsoft for modern workplace management in the era of virtual offices is Microsoft Intune. A cloud-based management solution, Microsoft Intune is an integrated endpoint management platform that provides support and manages all company-owned and bring-your-own-devices (BYOD) without any compromise on data security. The offering supports different mobile ecosystems, including iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS.
Hosted services are imperative in the current corporate world as virtual offices and work from home take precedence. As security and robust cloud infrastructure are essential to remote workspaces, Desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) offers a range of advantages to businesses of all sizes, including the freedom to avoid large capital IT expenditure.
Korcomptenz, as a Microsoft Gold Partner, helps businesses migrate from office desktops to hosted desktops starting with a complimentary consultation process. We offer a variety of DaaS (desktop as a service) including
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