Digital Workspaces are the Building Blocks of Digital Transformation
Organizations pursuing a digital transformation will dramatically change how their employees work. Yet, too many rely on outmoded desktop technologies, keeping workers from being effective and productive and stalling their digital transformation initiatives. Today's companies need a plan to take them into next-generation, agile digital workspaces.
Since Liquidware was born in 2009, we personally have seen the introduction of VDI, the extension of remote desktop delivery technologies, proliferating SaaS and DaaS applications and cloud. The nature of personal devices and apps has changed dramatically. Today, the IT landscape is so altered that even the term “desktops” has become outmoded.
Today's desktops have been replaced by “digital workspaces," which is an integrated technology framework that is designed to deliver and manage app, data, and desktop delivery, and allows employees to access their apps and data remotely and in real-time – on any device, from any location, at any time. Digital workspaces transcend platforms -- whether on-premises or in the cloud -- performance and availability is consistent and predictable.
The Ascendance of Digital Workspaces
Digital transformation was already driving companies to explore the limits of remote work and flexible digital workspaces. Many organizations wanted to bring applications and data processing closer to the “action,” so industries like healthcare, education, law enforcement, inventory management and logistics, for example, could access and transfer data immediately in the location in which work needed to be performed.
However, the pandemic accelerated the push to remote work more aggressively than any other single force. Mainly because – for many organizations -- it was a matter of survival. With many more employees working off-site, digital workspaces became the rule, not the exception. However, managing digital workspaces is very different from managing desktops and requires IT staff to make a cultural shift in management techniques. With digital workspace, pretty much all of the computing and data management is abstracted and stored in data centers or the cloud, not local machines. It runs on shared, not discrete, systems. The digital workspaces framework needs purpose-built solutions that can provide visibility and logic into these abstractions and shared systems.
Purpose-Built Digital Workspace Management Solutions are Key to Success
Liquidware presents a roadmap for delivering digital workspace management to organizations which are undergoing digital transformation. Liquidware’s Digital Workspace Management (DWM) suite of products can support the build-out of a digital workspace engine that quickly provisions anytime, anywhere, any device portable workspaces. Liquidware's DWM solutions, including ProfileUnity, Stratusphere UX and FlexApp, support straightforward, cost-effective management of digital workspaces for both on-premises and remote or mobile staff.
Our solutions offer the following strategic benefits by:
- Building on existing infrastructure so investments are not lost. Staff works with familiar approaches. Existing infrastructure and systems are not disrupted or displaced.
- Offering a platform-agnostic approach in which workspace environments are heterogeneous. Organizations are freed from stove-piped structures that restrict growth. Existing processes are automated to facilitate higher levels of control, security and efficiency that sets the stage for comprehensive disaster recovery.
- Enabling emerging technologies and approaches to be introduced into the environment seamlessly and quickly, enriching the user experience without increasing cost over time.
- Aligning workspace design to user requirements and work modes, supporting the use of best-of-breed workspace technologies for an optimum end-user experience.
- Enabling administrators to migrate and co-exist users across evolving platforms easily (Windows OS/application versions, and virtual, physical, cloud platforms, etc.).