May 1, 2018 Accordant

The Rise of the Mobile Workforce: Are You Ready?

When it comes to workplace transformation, Citrix estimates that the number of companies enabling a mobile workforce will rise to 70% by the year 2020. Don’t get left behind in the race for digital transformation! Provide a simple, secure workspace for everyone on your team the right business technology, consulting, systems integration, and support.

Simplicity
Employees and remote team members need to be able to access critical documents and resources from any device, at any time. The virtualization and cloud solutions market is bustling with options, but only a select few allow for true flexibility for mobile workforces while protecting sensitive business information.

Implementing VDI and cloud solutions does not begin with planning and end with implementation. A 5 Star user experience with virtual workspaces and cloud solutions includes support, fulfillment, and customer satisfaction. When considering options for mobile workforce solutions, keep these processes in mind and ensure that you’re working with a team who understands the importance of access during these critical business periods:

  • Employee or Freelancer On-Boarding
  • Role and Title Changes
  • Off-Boarding or Project Removal

New employees should be able to be productive from day one without a significant investment from the IT team, and securing company or project information should be as easy as flipping a switch upon separation of an employee or the finalization of a project.

When selecting an enterprise VDI consultant, make sure they work with only the best-of-breed technology solutions, complete with support and service.

Security
When considering a virtualization platform, security safeguards becomes a priority. Each new device and each new team member has the potential to weaken the perimeter as the cybersecurity threats expand. With so many devices and people accessing the network, the strategies to mitigate these risks must be in place from the beginning.

Secure application access management is critical for your organization, and malware is no longer a distant threat, with ransomware reigning supreme with phishing attacks and malicious document attacks. WannaCry and Petya attacks brought malware into the headlines, making cybersecurity a priority for today’s CIO and IT teams.

Policies are the key to security within your organization’s mobile workforce platform. An experienced virtualization expert can help you set up policies and guidelines in all of the following areas:

  • Device Policies: Define the make, model, and approved operating systems
  • Access: The team members who will be given access to remote workplace options
  • Compliance: Requirements and actions if violations occur
  • Security: Define applications and data for company monitoring purposes

Managing Storage
Along with proactively managing cybersecurity threats, today’s enterprise organization must also consider secure storage and backup options. Physical, in-house data storage centers are on the decline, as many organizations are turning to the cloud to house data. The cost of archiving all of this data in-house is becoming prohibitive, as it requires significant investments in hardware and software and time investments from the IT team.Cloud hosting and virtual servers are the primary sources of storage for virtualization platforms. In addition to files, these hosting options also give organizations access to memory and network bandwidth and connectivity to remote applications.

When implementing a new VDI solution, it’s important to ask about updates and bug fixes. Lack of proper support and maintenance can lead to network vulnerabilities, but the right IT consulting team will have support and maintenance processes in place.

In summary, when considering a platform to support a modern, mobile workforce, make sure your IT consulting team addresses simplicity, security, and storage.

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