Device Technology Gives Virtual Desktops A Boost

With new devices like Surface and existing ones like iPad, Kindle Fire, and Galaxy Note the need for a company’s employees to access desktop-based software applications like the Microsoft Office Suite on the go is giving virtual desktop applications a bump in priority.

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Let’s face it, the Cloud industry is already a pretty profitable marketplace and Forrester is predicting it will reach $118 billion by 2014.  But, with the advances in tablet technology coming out year after year, the need for virtual desktops in particular is ever more prevalent.

Employers in fact don’t even need to provide the devices anymore, because employees are increasingly using their personal devices for work purposes.  So, companies can give their employees access to their applications so that they can work from anywhere with an Internet connection.  This trend is an industry buzzword – BYOD or Bring Your Own Device.  There are some considerations to be made with BYOD, security being one of them, as well as addressing the need to create a mobility strategy.

WHY SHOULD YOUR COMPANY CONSIDER VIRTUAL DESKTOPS?

Save on hardware costs:  if employees are able to work from their own devices, a company can decrease spending on computers and laptops.  A company may even be able to move to a shared desktop model where several employees share one desktop when they are in the office, otherwise they use their tablets.

Increase productivity: employees given the freedom to work from anywhere, most likely will work any time too.  They can work when they are most productive and therefore company efficiency will increase.

Higher job satisfaction: employees given the right incentives to use their own personal devices (which the company doesn’t support), such as working from home for example, are a win-win for both the company and its employees.

IT Team Can Focus: with BYOD and virtualization infrastructure, IT teams can focus more on overall strategy, rather than spending time troubleshooting and dealing with helpdesk tickets.

These are just a few benefits of moving to a virtual desktop solution.  Do you have any of your own to add?