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Freeing your employees and yourself from the workplace

Computing was designed to make new things possible—not impose constraints. Your business should have the flexibility to place personnel wherever they’re needed, whenever the need arises, on any device and not be bound by rigid IT infrastructures. Information and IT resources should flow easily to the workers rather than being locked in place due to IT systems that hinder their mobility. People should be free to choose the ideal place, time and device to get their work done most effectively, instead of being forced to come to a specific location on a set schedule. Possibilities like these are the essence of “workshifting”—and they’re changing the nature of how businesses of all sizes operate.

1. Achieve seamless business continuity

Business continuity depends in part on ensuring that workers have uninterrupted access to the data and applications their productivity depends on. The same cloud desktop that enables workshifting also provides a highly effective foundation for maintaining business continuity through disruptions of all kinds, planned and unplanned: routine system maintenance, power failures, broken water mains, seasonal flu outbreaks—as well as more serious situations such as natural disasters.

2. A better work-life balance with any device, anywhere access

Workshifting gives workers the flexibility to balance work and life because they can work from any device—a Mac at home, a tablet on a Wi-Fi enabled airplane, or even an outdated PC at a relative’s house. Any web-enabled device can access a cloud desktop, giving you any device, anywhere access.

3. Drive business growth

A cloud desktop enables the SMB to bring new locations online in a single day or less and provision desktops to new users in a matter of minutes. Any available desktop hardware can be used to access a virtual desktop on demand—including aging legacy equipment and users’ own devices—while ensuring that every worker benefits from a high-definition user experience even for the most demanding line of business applications.

By enabling workers to be productive anywhere, anytime, strategies such as work from home, temporary and shared office spaces can even make it possible to eliminate some branch offices or work locations entirely. Workers can still access complete resources, including their desktop, apps and information at any time, while the company pays only for the space it needs to accommodate its required on-site presence.

4. Control data and ensure compliance

As user environments become more complex, with a greater variety of devices, access methods and user types (employee, partner, customer, consultant, contractor), concerns about security become paramount. While this complexity is often a necessary part of increasing the organisation’s flexibility, productivity and efficiency, it also poses new challenges for protecting intellectual property, maintaining data privacy and complying with IT security policies and government regulations.

Cloud service provider infrastructures are more inherently secure in several ways. With cloud desktops, all data and applications remain centralized and under control; instead of data traveling from place to place, it remains in the service providers datacentre, not on the user device. Service Providers can easily prevent data from ever being saved to removable media, printed, or shared. Even data delivered for offline use to the local desktop remains encrypted at all times. If a user device is lost—for example, a laptop left in a cab by a sales rep—no corporate assets are compromised; meanwhile, the worker can use any available device—smartphone, borrowed laptop, rented computer, or device from home—to access the same familiar cloud desktop, complete with the same data, apps and personalisations.

5. Recruit the best employees wherever they are

Organisations, particularly SMBs, face tough competition when it comes to finding and attracting the best talent—they simply can’t afford to recruit or relocate. Workshifting expands recruitment beyond its traditional geographical constraints and helps companies compete more effectively for in-demand candidates, consultants and contractors by offering a more appealing work experience.

When work becomes fully mobile and location-independent, hiring need no longer depend on where a candidate, consultant or contractor currently lives, or on their willingness to relocate. If the best candidate lives in another city, overseas no problem; they can still be integrated easily into the company’s operations and participate fully in its business.