Modern Workplace

Making the Modern Workplace

In every industry, from small businesses to the largest global enterprises, the way we work has dramatically changed. Work is no longer a place we go, it is what we do – whether from home, from customer meetings, or from the most remote parts of the planet. Helping workers to securely connect, collaborate, and work from anywhere is sound business sense: when employees collaborate, they work on average 15% faster, 73% do better work, 60% are innovative and 56% are more satisfied*.

Redesigning Work for a New Generation of Workers

As a generation of tech-savvy employees joins the workforce, expectations are changing. Accustomed to instant availability of favourite apps on smartphones and wearable devices, staff feel frustrated when the workplace fails to keep pace. Creating an atmosphere of collaboration demands the availability of preferred applications, access to leading hardware, and a modern meeting environment. Workplace design has a key influence on staff morale and productivity.

Supporting Collaboration

One of the biggest investments for most organisations is their people, so it makes sense to help them to work more productively. For many organisations, staff simply need the right devices, designed to take full advantage of tools already available. Digital-era employees are natural collaborators, so tools like Microsoft SharePoint and Teams, or Cisco Teams and Webex, can raise productivity when harnessed well. Where once a team member may have spent hours searching for a resource or creating their own, they can now avoid duplicated effort and work together towards a result.

Escaping On-Premises Restrictions

Most organisations have their collaboration applications hosted on-premises. However, this comes with a largely unknown technical debt. On-premises collaboration solutions consume expensive and quickly diminishing storage. Staff overtime to patch and manage the environment is costly, even before you factor in backup and forklift upgrades to prevent the risk of support gaps becoming an attack vector. On-premises collaboration solutions also mean missing out on functionality, without the frequent upgrades of cloud solutions.

Freedom of Movement

If direct costs are substantial, this is nothing compared to the opportunity cost of lost productivity. Cloud-based collaboration tools allow for greater freedom of movement, so your people can work productively from everywhere. These solutions even protect the organisation in a disaster scenario, with staff working from home or remotely to continue business as usual.

Next Steps

Want to know how you can embrace the modern workplace? Download this eBook or contact a Data#3 specialist today.

Security considerations of Modern Workplace

Dive into VDI with our latest blog from Information Assurance Specialist, Logan Daley. 

How many of us have attempted to start our computer in the morning only to have it not start at all, end up applying updates that take forever, or encounter other issues that impact on our day? Almost everybody has experienced this at some point.  Even if you moved to another computer (if one was available) you were probably out of sorts because something was missing – an application, a mapped drive, a printer, something.  Perhaps you needed a specific application installed and had to wait on the help desk, ran into compatibility issues, or maybe something got installed you didn’t want like, oh I don’t know, malware?

Virtual Desk Infrastructure (VDI) isn’t a silver bullet, but it can be close if done right.  In this case, your entire environment exists on a server somewhere – your data centre, a hosted environment, or the cloud.  All your applications, links, customisations, and favourite files.  Whether at your computer, someone else’s, on the road, or at home, you connect in to your VDI and voila!  Everything is there, exactly as you left it.  Start working on something at the office, continue while on the go, finish it up at home.

We call this Modern Workplace… 

Technical Considerations for Mobility in the Enterprise

Enterprise mobility is a fundamental change in business technology and workforce behaviour.
Navigate this new world with the help of our white paper.

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Practical resources to get you up to speed on the basics of enterprise mobility and help you envision and plan for your anywhere workplace.

A Framework for Mobility

Providing a holistic view of the full enterprise mobility landscape, this framework will be invaluable to guide your thinking and ignite in-depth IT planning discussions. The framework includes all the necessary components to deliver of a successful mobility strategy, as well as how these components interact with and depend on one another.

The continuing influence of consumer technology is directly impacting how businesses drive their digital transformation. Nowhere is this more evident than in regards to mobility where in 2016, 78% of organisations successfully executed or were actively executing mobile initiatives1. However, this drive for access on the go to powerful while still intuitive applications also amplifies issues around security, delivery, identity and management.

Leveraging VMware Workspace ONE, Data#3’s digital workspaces unite the simplicity of consumer mobility with enterprise grade security. Allowing your business to quickly deliver the widest variety of applications combined with intelligent policy controls and a consistent but still personalised and contextual user experience, across all devices (BYOD and corporate owned), and all apps.

Learn more here about VMware Workspace ONE or see the resources below.

What is a Digital Workspace?

Digital Workspaces provide mobile, anytime access to the core business systems your people need to productive from anywhere, as well as delivering crucial functionality any transformative mobility solution should include such as:

  • one-touch, password-less single sign-on,
  • robust data security,
  • contextual user access management,
  • identity-defined, self-service app catalogue,
  • immediate self-service access to employee on boarding material, and
  • flexible BYOD policies.

See how this technology comes to life in the video below.

 

The modern workforce isn’t tethered to a desk. With 77% of people citing they are more productive offsite2, have you considered what obstructs your people from working anywhere?

It’s a mobile world after all, and work is not where you go it’s what you do. Microsoft Office 365, the anywhere, always-on mobile productivity platform, empowers your remote workforce with familiar tools, increasing productivity by enabling people to work effectively from virtually anywhere.

However, 65% of Office users underutilise the productivity applications available to them3

When mobile productivity is deployed effectively and fully supported by the business the results speak for themselves; organisations adopting mobile workstyles report 30% better processes and 23% higher productivity and 100% more satisfied employees4.

Learn how mobility can help your people work smarter rather than harder with the resources below.

The cost of ineffective collaboration and poorly performing teams can quickly get out of hand. Studies find that employees waste 31 hrs (or approximately four days) every month in unproductive meetings5 and spend 61% of their time managing work rather than doing it!6

Despite advances in software, equipment and management practices, actual workforce productivity has remained stagnant for 5 consecutive years and is still directly correlated to the number of hours worked7.

So how do we work smarter rather than harder?

Download our latest eBook to learn the collaboration secrets of high-performing teams in today’s anywhere workplace and discover strategies you can implement now to collaborate more effectively.

How healthy is your Virtual Desktop Infrastructure?

A VDI Health Assessment is a valuable exercise for any desktop transformation, mobility or BYOD project.

Learn more here

1. VMware Inc. (December, 2016). The State of Digital Workspace Report. [Online] Available at: https://data3.com/knowledge-centre/white-papers/2016-state-digital-workspace-report/
2. Microsoft (2016). Work is not where you go, it’s what you do. [Online] Available at: https://data3.com/knowledge-centre/white-papers/roi-mobile-workforce/
3. SoftWatch (2015). SoftWatch Benchmark: Real Usage of MS Office Applications. [Online] Available at: http://www.softwatch.com/wp-content/uploads/Benchmark-146-companies.pdf
4. CITO Research. (2015). Executive Enterprise Mobility Report. [Online] Available at: http://techorchard.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/2015_Executive_EnterpriseMobility_Survey.pdf
5. Effective Meetings. [Online] Available at: http://www.effectivemeetings.com/meetingbasics/meetstate.asp
6. Saraf, D (February 2, 2017). Some Efficiency Hacks to Beat the 61% Overhead! [Online] Available at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/some-efficiency-hacks-beat-61-overhead-dilip-saraf?trk=linkedin
7. Irwin, N (April 28, 2016) Why Is Productivity So Weak? Three Theories. [Online] Available at: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/29/upshot/why-is-productivity-so-weak-three-theories.html?_r=0

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