The world of work is changing faster than ever before and becoming more complex by the day. With 50% of staff expected to be working remotely as soon as 2020, SMEs need to evolve accordingly in order to remain ahead of the competition.
With this in mind, an Oxford Economics study found that 96% of organisations say that digital workspaces help employees solve problems more creatively, 87% say that they help them to provide better customer service, and 90% agree that they aid collaboration between teams. By adopting GoCloud hosted desktops through one of our resellers, a business can use Citrix and VMware to create an agile and unified digital workspace platform that guarantees an incredible return on investment.
Helping businesses since 1989, Citrix has seen constant development and fine-tuning to become the foremost means of ensuring simplicity and digital security. Specialising in server, application and desktop virtualisation, software as a service (SaaS), and cloud computing technologies, it’s a powerful way to modernise a business and bring together employees under a fast, integrated digital methodology.
With over 100 million users across 400,000 organisations, which includes 99% of the Fortune 500, it’s clear to see that Citrix is a wise move for any business.
Founded in 1998 and owned by Dell Technologies, VMware has also had a huge impact on how modern businesses operate. Offering a vast suite of products, from desktop and app virtualisation to its celebrated cloud management platform, it facilitates easy backup and disaster recovery, enhanced efficiency and greater business continuity.
As with Citrix, VMware is a key player in the expansion and strengthening of digital workspaces within SMEs in every sector.
With so many devices used by even the smallest businesses, from site-based hardware, to personal devices such as laptops and smartphones, a company’s digital infrastructure has numerous units that need to be analysed, updated and optimised on an ongoing basis. On top of this, the need for speed and the benefits of remote working have been significantly magnified over the last few years, with big data and mobile workers playing leading roles in how many businesses operate.
Rolling out Citrix and VMware across a business means that reliability, ease of use, consistency and performance are at peak performance regardless of the location, device or network connection. The result is greatly improved productivity levels through a high-quality user experience. What’s more, no matter where a member of staff needs to access applications and content, Citrix and VMware allow them to do so easily whilst having the peace of mind that all of the data is protected against malware and hackers.
Offering a holistic approach that fuels collaboration, coherence, usability and security from traditional bases as well as remote locations, the digital workspace truly is the best of both worlds.
With today’s workers expecting their technology to anticipate needs and streamline admin tasks, it’s no wonder that Citrix and VMware are so popular. Just as crucially, workers want the interface they use to update automatically to prevent sluggishness and errors, which is precisely what these platforms do in the background to power your workflow and enable you to focus on daily responsibilities.
No other IT solution offers this level of machine learning that takes note of each worker’s unique patterns and responds accordingly.
Many businesses require staff to use a multitude of applications, including SaaS, web-based and virtual platforms. This can create a real headache for IT departments and open up the risk of non-compliance and security breaches.
Citrix and VMware remove this problem entirely by offering a single sign-on feature for all applications using any standard browser, simultaneously providing the option to implement policies that define exactly what each user can access online. This high level of customisation and protection stops data from being entered into sites and applications that could threaten the digital security of the business.
With virtual and physical tech changing so often, a business needs to know that new applications and devices can be incorporated into the existing system quickly and effectively. Citrix and VMware have been built specifically around the requirements of SMEs, so if the need arises to add or remove users, devices and applications, it can be ticked off the list in no time.
The same applies to user access, ensuring that new staff can hit the ground running, whilst employees who have left the company have their access revoked immediately. This combination guarantees that the right data is accessible to the relevant people, with no risk of external factors sneaking in and potentially disrupting daily operations.
As a result of the above factors, using Citrix or VMware can also have a positive impact on other areas of a company’s infrastructure. Attracting talent is a major one, as the new generation expects the option to work from home when possible. Enhanced wellbeing and morale is another benefit, which often occurs when a business has created a strong social network. Ranging from a vibrant intranet, to social media channels, project management and communication tools such as Slack, Basecamp and Trello, and secure instant messaging between employees, the digital workspace is very much about encouraging staff to work, share and collaborate digitally and not just within the 9-5 confines of the office.
Last but by no means least, the digital workspace is directly linked to the improvement of employee engagement, which in turn supports staff retention. This leads to professionals staying with the company longer, during which time they build their skills, grow their careers, and ultimately help to move the brand forward.
By reselling our hosted desktops to new and existing customers, they can take advantage of Citrix and VMware to greatly improve the way they work, which benefits efficiency and profit margins alike. Meanwhile, you’ll expand your service offering and improve your sales, as many of our resellers have doubled their monthly turnover simply by becoming a GoCloud partner.
To find out more about GoCloud hosted desktops and becoming a reseller, call today on 01482 751133 or register your interest online.