Why you need a modern workspace if you want to retain talent
By Wim Van Balen, Team Lead Solution Specialist at SecureLink
Technology at work often lags behind when compared to the hardware and software an employee uses at home. This inevitably leads to frustration. Don’t allow that to happen, and transform your existing IT-infrastructure to a flexible model that’s fully compatible with the modern way of working.
If you grew up using technology, you’re used to working quickly and efficiently. The cloud ensures that your files are available anywhere, at any time and on any device, be it your smartphone on the train or your laptop at home. Millennials and Generation Z look at this streamlined way of working as a given, and even the older generations are starting to grow accustomed to the comfort new technology offers. While actions feel smooth and fast at home, they feel slow and limited at work. Legacy software, old devices, no interplatform compatibility: this all generates frustration.
For many businesses it’s a major challenge to bring existing workflows into a modern platform-agnostic way of working. Ideally, an employee can access all the applications and data he or she needs anytime, from anywhere, using any device, while everything is still kept secure.
Smooth working, anytime
A flexible and platform-agnostic approach has nothing but advantages. You can for example imagine a manager, logging in from home using his Macbook to quickly send a file, even though they use Windows pc’s at the office. If the manager travels a lot, he could even approve requests from his team on the go using his smartphone, accessing the very same application he usually uses on a desktop pc in the office. Efficiency is the name of the game, and the employee doesn’t feel trapped in a needlessly limited and rigid IT infrastructure.
The above example might seem like an unrealistic aspiration, but it’s not. Today, comprehensive solutions exist to integrate legacy infrastructure into a modern and platform-agnostic environment. A flexible platform such as our very own SecureWorkspace allows organizations to keep using old and trusted applications. The back end of such a system runs on a central server while the workspace enables a flexible front end. That front end can easily be adapted to fit different devices. In other words: if IT wants to make a legacy planning application run on mobile, they only have to adapt the interface. The workspace environment does the heavy lifting, and makes sure the front-end communicates with the virtualized back-end containing the legacy software.
Improved efficiency and security
By disconnecting the applications from the devices they traditionally run on, it’s possible to optimize security. Identity becomes key. The workspace allows users to log in using (optional) two-factor authentication. IT in turn has a very clear log of who did what and when. The entire management layer becomes disconnected from the endpoint hardware, enabling easier and more consistent management.
The approach ensures valuable data either remains in the datacenter, or is sent to a device in a controlled and safe way. Security becomes independent from the device, allowing for example a mobile phone to be stolen without it comprising corporate data.
Not only does efficiency and security improve, employee satisfaction rises as well. All of a sudden, employees can work on their favorite devices, where they want and when they want. The entire shift makes it easier for IT to implement a BYOD-culture, enabling employees to trade in their boring professional laptops for the sleek and modern device they already use at home.
By far the biggest advantage is the employee experience. By modernizing the IT environment to meet todays’ needs, employees feel like they are being enabled by IT, instead of limited. Talented employees who feel valued are less likely to go looking around for an employer with a more modern IT policy. Today IT far too often feels like a straight jacket people are forced into. In a world where talent is a limited resource, employees rightfully feel like they shouldn’t deal with the hassle while there are other, more modern organizations vying for their skills.