Businesses are always on the lookout for new solutions designed to help them operate more efficiently and productively. It’s no surprise that these solutions usually come in the form of new technological advances and innovations. Two recent trends popping up in the workplace reinforce this idea. The first is bring your own device and the other is Desktop-as-a-Service. While different from each other on the surface, the two have the potential to go hand-in-hand as businesses adopt new strategies of mobility and growth.
What is BYOD?
Bring your own device (BYOD) is a policy businesses implement allowing their employees to bring their personal mobile devices into work to use as part of their jobs. It helps workers be more productive while in the office or out on the road. Some studies have shown that a BYOD policy increases job satisfaction as well.
What is Desktop-as-a-Service?
Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) uses the cloud to provide virtualized desktops to any computer or device that has access to the internet. The DaaS market has been growing steadily in recent years. In fact, the market saw around 30% growth in 2013 and is expected to maintain that expansion through the year 2017.
Why would businesses want to use DaaS?
Businesses have a number of significant challenges on their hands, one of the biggest being how to handle an evolving workforce that has become increasingly mobile in recent years. Companies have tried implementing a number of solutions to the problem, like desktop virtualization, but many of the solutions proved to be overly complex and costly. DaaS helps to solve these particular problems, and with improvements in internet connectivity, there are clear advantages to be had as well.
What are the benefits to using DaaS?
There are many reasons businesses choose to go with DaaS. One that is especially compelling is that DaaS helps to relieve the burden of managing so many desktops in the office. This responsibility is instead carried out by the vendor, which not only eases the pressure on IT departments but brings costs down. The price factor is one reason DaaS is favored so strongly by small businesses. Desktops as provided through DaaS can also be easily customized by individual workers or groups of workers. For example, if one group of workers has a specific job and set of responsibilities, their desktops could be configured so that they have access to all the enterprise applications they need to accomplish their tasks. This ease of adding, moving, and even modifying desktops not only simplifies jobs, it ensures that a business’s sensitive data is protected at all times.
So what do DaaS and BYOD have to do with each other?
As mentioned before, both BYOD and DaaS, while separate trends, actually complement each other quite nicely. BYOD comes with its own set of challenges, bringing with it demands for flexibility and security, and DaaS helps to tackle those problems by providing a secure access point for important business applications. BYOD is of course used to help employees be productive even if they’re not in the office, but one major problem is that most enterprise applications that are Windows-based aren’t available on all devices. This problem can be solved with DaaS since the service delivers the desktop, along with the needed applications, directly to the device the employee is using. So workers can see to their responsibilities from almost anywhere since they only need access to the virtualized desktop set up on their devices. BYOD can also amplify the effectiveness of DaaS, particularly when it comes to disaster recovery. Should the worst happen and whole systems and networks shut down, all managers and employees would need to do is find the nearest mobile device and work on the desktop from there. So the business can be back up and running in mere minutes while everything gets back online.
BYOD and DaaS are both growing trends that are making bigger impacts in the business world with each passing year. One of the reasons both are growing at such a steady pace is how they work together so effectively. Any company that is thinking of adopting BYOD will likely want to consider making DaaS a part of their operations too. The reverse is true for organizations contemplating the addition of desktop-as-a-service. When using both in tandem, businesses will be ready to receive the full benefits of these two trends.