A new generation of employees are entering the workforce, and they are bringing with them a very different set of habits and beliefs. One of the biggest differences is the non-negotiable expectation that they can get their work done at any time and from any location, using the devices, connectivity, applications and collaborative tools of their choice.
The days, in other words, of the traditional 9 to 5 — where employees come to work and use company-owned tools to do their jobs — are coming to an end. Taking its place is a borderless workspace that operates on a 24-hour clock, which is something that Gartner once predicted will be commonplace by 2020. As it turns out, Gartner was right on point; the movement is well underway, as many organizations have already adapted.
This is not a bad thing. Workspace digitalization offers many benefits including new, instant and highly effective ways for onsite employees, remote users and upper management to communicate and collaborate as a team. Connected wearables, it should be noted, are slowly penetrating the digital workspace and are helping with this process.
Workspace digitalization can yield substantial returns, too; just think how many hours are typically lost each year sitting in rush hour traffic instead of being productive. With a digital workspace and a remote work policy, businesses can put this time to better use.
So if your business does not currently have the ability to support a digital worskspace, it’s time to take action or risk falling behind the competition and gaining a reputation as an organization with backwards policies and technologies.
Will you face challenges along the way? Of course. The main challenge you will face will be setting up a digital workspace for your employees without compromising productivity, security and compliance. A workspace digitalization strategy should therefore align with your existing infrastructure, such as your portals, tools, intranets and products. It also requires a creating a governance model that supports collaboration, communication and data exchanges in a way that is safe.
The fastest and safest way to set up a digital workspace is to work with a company like Micro Focus, which offers streamlined solutions for enabling the digital workspace. If you try to set up a digital workspace on your own, you could run into pitfalls related to security, reliability and connectivity.
Micro Focus offers the following capabilities for workspace digitalization:
- Unified Endpoint Management: Micro Focus recently released a new version of ZENworks Configuration Management 2017 offering Unified Endpoint Management. This product gives IT a bird’s eye view of all connected laptops, personal computers and mobile devices.
- Mobile Management: For secure, scalable management of mobile devices, applications and digital assets.
- IT Service Continuity: Protect against downtime and disaster with Micro Focus Service Desk.
- Data Security: ZENworks Endpoint Security Management protects corporate data with secure, identity-based protection for endpoints.
- Data Governance: Micro Focus Filr offers a centralized, secure way to share files between end users. This product makes it possible to set access controls for important information.
To learn more about how Micro Focus can help your business create a stronger workforce digitalization strategy, click here.
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