Everyone has heard about the cloud and it’s growing rapidly! According to Gartner, more than 45% of IT spending will shift from traditional solutions to the cloud by 2024. But we understand that it might be difficult to start your transition.
Over the past years, we’ve done a lot of research and helped a lot of organisations with a smooth cloud transition. And to share all this research and experience, we’ve turned it into helpful articles. In this blog, we’ve collected four of them to help you along on your cloud journey. Discover which article is most suited for your current transition stage, offers solutions to your challenges or will perhaps provide inspiration and spark some new ideas.
Webinar recap: The move to a modern browser-based workspace
It’s probably safe to say that your organisation will move to the cloud – if it hasn’t already. In the ‘Transition to the cloud’ webinar, Product Evangelist Mark Grasmayer explains why this is, or in other words: why the cloud isn’t the next, but the current big thing. Also, he describes common so-called ‘blockers’ and ‘movers’, and steps your organisation can take to accelerate your journey to a modern cloud-based workspace.
Mark explained the following four easy steps to ensure a smooth cloud transition:
- Start a team and visualise your ideal workspace: Before you start your transition you need to have a clear vision of your ideal digital workspace. Create a digital transformation team to visualise this step, do research with and to identify the biggest IT frustrations among your employees.
- Simplify access to applications: Together with this digital transformation team you’ll set up some goals on how you can simplify access to applications. When you set up Single Sign-on, you only have to login once to access all your applications.
- Unite information, documents and news: Now that you’ve realised one-click access, can start with uniting documents and simplifying collaboration. The goal is to create one place where your employees can see all their applications, information, news, social feeds and receive notifications in one adaptive workspace.
- Improve processes and increase self-service: In the last step, organisations identify the most common processes, especially the ones who are burdensome and overly complicated, and integrate tools to streamline them. Also, tools are included to enable self-service, such as requesting applications, work clothing and more. This enables employees to work more efficiently and quickly get things done themselves, without having to involve or wait on other people (which is great for the IT service desk too).
In this article we also share the highlights from this webinar and how Workspace 365 can help you with your transition to the cloud.
Hybrid IT: Your bridge to the modern workspace
Many organisations are still dealing with legacy technology and outdated systems. That’s why adopting a new technology can be very difficult for them. But with a hybrid IT solution, you can create a modern workspace where you can unite both your old and new technologies.
You can still use your old legacy software, together with new IT-services, news and communication solutions. This way, you bridge the gap between your old and new technology and create a highly functional hybrid workspace.
We’ll discuss more why companies keep using outdated systems, how you can bridge the gap between old and new technologies and how you can modernise your workspace with a hybrid IT solution in this article!
How a cloud workspace supports a distributed workforce
Since 2020, the popularity of a distributed workforce has grown rapidly. With many people working remotely, it’s important that they have access to the tools, applications and information they need to do their work.
A cloud workspace can help your distributed workforce to be able to do the following:
- Work from anywhere: As the cloud is accessible at any time, your distributed workforce can work from any location.
- Work on any device: If the digital workspace you use is optimised for each specific device, it can be experienced on screens of any size. Which enables people to have a good experience on their mobile phone or tablet and they can work on any device.
- Work at any time: As the workspace is cloud-based, you can access it at any time, allowing employees to work their own hours.
- Collaborate and communicate with co-workers: you can integrate tools for employees to make collaboration and communications easier for them. Especially for a distributed workforce it’s important that they stay and feel connected to the organisation.
- Understand the company culture and support wellbeing and individual learning: You can add tools in the digital workspace for collaboration and communication, but also share content that supports the organisational culture, personal wellbeing and individual learning.
- Work securely: as the distributed workforce works from anywhere and any device, it’s very important that they can work in a secure way. Your digital workspace needs to be a secure environment with the right security policies such as Multi-Factor-Authentication.
In this article, we’ll explain more about how a cloud-based workspace can support your distributed workforce!
Transition to the cloud with Workspace 365
Are you struggling with (starting) your transition to the cloud? We’ve spoken with a lot of IT managers about how they overcame their challenges. The ones we heard most often, we’ve highlighted in this article, of course together with ways to overcome them, and how you could use Workspace 365 to do so.
For example, one of the biggest struggles organisation face is that they think they need to move everything to the cloud, while still dealing with legacy applications. But with Workspace 365 it’s possible to access older technology and integrate remote desktop solutions, such as:
- Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops
- Clientless RDP
- Frame by Nutanix
- Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD)
Within Workspace 365, you can unite your remote desktop solutions together with online document solutions, intranet, news and more! Our goal is to simplify work by uniting and simplifying everything you need during your working day. This way, we increase the amount of time that people can spend on their important work.
You may also find this interesting:
- Storing online and offline documents in one place
- How your legacy systems are holding you back (and how to move forward)
- The role of virtualization technology in the modern workspace
- VDI Exit plan: roadmap to a smooth transition – webinar recap
Kelly van der Horst
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