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.

Security in Virtual Workspaces (Citrix)

Virtual workspaces are a great tool for businesses. They allow remote access to company networks so that employees can use tools while out of the office. But how do you know that your virtual workspace is secure? How can you best protect your data? Citrix has a proven track record of security and ease of access for those who want to take their companies to the future.

How poor security can fail you
Virtual workspaces are an incredibly convenient tool, and they actually provide an added layer of security. While in the office it’s possible to keep an eye on your important data and files, making sure that your information is protected from people who will abuse it, the equation gets more complicated once you incorporate remote access. Employees might not use acceptable antiviral software, or they might not take proper precautions to protect their device. This could result in you losing sensitive data.

How Citrix works
Citrix is a software that takes every precaution when dealing with your information to keep you as secure as possible. It works by taking information from virtual workspaces and sending it to the Citrix cloud. From the cloud, it’s transferred to Citrix’s Technology Solution which includes secure netscalers, delivery controllers, and data storage. You are able to monitor use of your virtual workspaces with this tool, as well as run analytics and automate certain processes. Citrix uses strong data separation policies to best protect your sensitive information.

In this day and age where data leaks happen frequently and clients worry for their information’s safety, it is vital to take every step possible to make sure that you, and those that work with you, are protected. Constant security can sometimes be a headache, but with virtual workspaces through Citrix, it’s simple. Only using virtual workspaces that are secured by the best technology, and making sure to reinforce information security with employees will go a long way towards protecting your information. Citrix is a great, easy to use tool that can help you do just that, and it might just be the solution you’ve been looking for.

Managing Employee Access Made Easy

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Managing employee access to company resources can be a major headache for a business. Whether you’ve just hired someone, are changing their job responsibilities, or are parting ways with them, you’ve got to have all your ducks in a row to ensure the appropriate access and security (and there are plenty of ducks). Utilizing RES Software, Accordant streamlines these complex processes to take the guesswork out for businesses.

On-Boarding
When you bring in new employees, you must ensure they have the technology and resources to complete their tasks. This may mean company distributed laptops, phones, tablets and other digital devices. They also need access to specific company files and applications. This process can be complicated, involving multiple interactions between human resources and the IT department. But with RES’s automated on-boarding, the process can be completed by the hiring manager with a few easy steps, and new employees can be productive on day one of the job.

Role Changes
Over the course of an employee’s time with a company, their roles and responsibilities could change multiple times. With these changes, they may need access to different company files and information. RES Software makes these transitions more fluid, as a few clicks will change a current employee’s profile and access quickly and securely.

Off-Boarding
When someone leaves a company, there are many considerations to take into account. You need to secure data and terminate access to company information. You also need to straighten things out with accounting, HR, and CRM (customer relationship management). Using RES, Accordant takes care of all of these things with the flip of a switch. And your company information will be immediately secured.

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