Posted on December 26, 2019

Enterprises are moving towards BYOD and hosted desktops. How can SMBs adopt this trend?

In the business world, 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 center. Fortunately, technology helps make this happen with BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and hosted desktops. According to a recent report, BYOD carrying 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 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.

How enterprises capitalize on BYOD and hosted desktops

As the remote office concept grows in prevalence, it has become increasingly important to adopt newer work models. SMBs, laser-focused on reduced cost while maximizing productivity, opt for a virtual office because it provides a less expensive work model while empowering businesses to work anytime, anywhere across devices. BYOD and hosted desktops help the IT economics of small firms ensure business continuity and growth, allowing employees to maintain focus on the task rather than on adjusting to new technologies or systems.

Introducing BYOD in SMB

For small and medium business, 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 make sure 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 log in 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 impossible from the outside.

Advantages of SMB using BYOD

– Cost-effectiveness
The foremost advantage of adopting BYOD in SMB is cost-effectiveness. Investing in assets, particularly desktops, increases the cost that companies with smaller capitals can 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, the need to train 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.

One of the formidable players in the hosted desktops domain is Microsoft. With Windows Virtual desktop, Microsoft allows enterprises to use virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with a simplified management process to handle multi-sessions. The service also supports Remote Desktop Services (RDS) that helps companies scale up with Windows and Azure in minutes without compromising on security and other compliance features.

Microsoft Azure also offers a competitive subscription that makes creating additional host pools easier. Using Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session capability, companies can reduce virtual machine and OS costs exponentially.

Korcomptenz, as a Microsoft Gold Partner, help businesses migrate from office desktops to hosted desktops starting with a complimentary consultation process.

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