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Nearly 60% of Businesses Lack Digital Workplace Strategy

December 12, 2022

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations and their IT functions scrambled to shift from in-office to remote models. But years later, as the dust settles and digital workplaces remain, most organizations are left with a mishmash of tools from their initial haste to go remote.

In 2020, while the global economy was fighting to survive, many businesses overlooked the opportunity to build a foundation for long-term remote working. Some companies believed remote working would be temporary, but forward-focused teams had already seen the writing on the wall.

Due to the globalization of business and the interconnectivity available, thanks to the internet, demand for remote work has been trending upward for years.

In the past decade, the number of remote workers has increased by 159%, with 16% of worldwide businesses having gone fully remote. The COVID-19 pandemic only accelerated the inevitable reshaping of traditional working models.

As we zoom out to the present day, organizations have adopted applications and tools to enable remote communication, collaboration, and productivity.

Strategic planning drives long-term success, and the same planning is necessary when considering building and maintaining productive digital workspaces.

Leadership’s Concerns About User Experience 

Despite the urgent need for a digital workspace (DW) strategy, a recent Digital Workspace Ecosystem Alliance (DWEA) survey found that 44.7 percent of businesses still need a formal plan.

The survey also indicates that the most significant roadblocks to digital workspace adoption are concerns about the end-user experience and the complexity of rolling out digital workspace technologies.

End-user productivity is critical for operational continuity and over business success. Business leaders have justifiable concerns regarding how implementing new tools will impact end users’ productivity. With agility and efficiency top of mind, business leaders are shying away from risks that may disrupt work.

Complexity is another worry that is limiting the creation of the DW strategy. Over 30% of survey respondents see complexity as the biggest roadblock to its adoption.

Hesitant leaders are still experiencing a disconnect between seeing the benefits of digital workspace strategy and the worry about what impact implementation will have. Almost 40% say that keeping applications up to date and fully functional is their biggest app management challenge.

So, while we know there is a gap in DW strategy, how do businesses sidestep diminished user experience and avoid software management headaches? It starts with assessing baselines and understanding your system’s threshold for change before users begin to have a poor experience.

Continuous Monitoring is Critical for Employee Productivity 

Secure, resilient, and reliable; enterprise leaders use these three standards to evaluate their digital workspaces. To maintain these pillars of success and elevate employee experience, IT organizations need help to keep pace with overwhelming change.

Between tightening release cycles and frequent updates, there must be a balance between providing a quality end-user experience and operating within budget.

Adopting and integrating automation into their process streams allows IT functions to keep pace with change. Automation also validates the resilience and dependability of digital workspaces for end users.

Continuous delivery is the workhorse for IT operations that can automate deployment and validation. Automation takes once tedious, prolonged, and resource-intensive processes and reduces the time and effort needed.

Creating a repeatable process that can be applied and scaled to meet the demands of frequent validation is key to maintaining a stable and available digital workspace.

Industry Leaders Trust Login VSI for High-Performing, Cost-Effective Digital Workspaces

The best way to reduce costs is by using reliable data for strategic decision-making.

But unfortunately, it is challenging for many IT organizations to replicate real-world usage accurately and gather sufficient testers to run repeatable tests. Login VSI can perform repeatable testing with simulated users to provide detailed, actionable metrics to help teams compare potential vendors or baseline performance to meet expectations.

In today’s business world, agility is the difference between winning and losing. Companies have very short windows to pivot in instances where they should add applications or increase throughput.

In a digital workspace environment, unpredictable workloads may cause a performance hit and tank end-user productivity. Benchmarking performance helps businesses understand how subtle shifts over time can impact their end-user experience.

Login VSI allows teams to shift to a proactive management approach and alleviates the over-provisioning problem. Teams can use Login Enterprise for industry-standard metrics that monitor performance and alert to creeping degradation issues.

Ensure Your Organization Has a Reliable, High-Performing Digital Workspace Strategy

Login VSI helps global enterprises like yours reduce the costs associated with VDI/DaaS and maintain high-performing digital workspaces. If you’re ready to see how Login Enterprise can help, request a demo or contact us for more information.

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