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Boosting the digital workforce

VMware empowers the digital workspace by delivering a consumer simple experience together with enterprise-class security.

As businesses move towards digitalisation and embrace the technologies that empower it such as cloud and Internet of Things, they are increasingly realizing that employees play a significant role in this journey.

Today’s workforce demands a collaborative environment where they are able to access corporate data through their personal devices and prefers to be productive without being restricted within four walls. They seek flexibility and instant connectivity. Enterprises have to deploy solutions that support these demands so that they can achieve agility and efficiency.

Powering the workspace transformation is a lot easier said than done. It is about creating a high-performance IT capability that can support the dynamic space of business evolution.

“All aspects of end-user computing are merging and blurring together into the concept of a unified workspace, where employees can access critical applications, services, and data from any device type,” says Phil Hochmuth, Program Direction, Enterprise Mobility, IDC. “The convergence of end-user computing activities is outpacing the capabilities and frameworks of many currently deployed IT management technologies around PCs, mobile devices, apps, software, and virtualisation. Enterprises should view these disparate pieces of management technology as part of a large unified workspace management construct. They must plan how this convergence will impact an organisation from an IT, employee productivity, and overall business perspective.”

What VMware Brings

VMware empowers the digital workspace by delivering a consumer simple experience together with enterprise-class security. VMware Workspace ONE is a unified platform for the provisioning, management, and policy enforcement of applications to devices across all major platforms, including iOS, Android, and Windows. The solution is based on a software-defined architecture that gives organisations a simple way to manage identity and access to all application types, on premises or in the cloud. Its contextual policy framework lets IT establish granular policies based on user, device, data, location, and app.

With Workspace ONE, organisations can transform their businesses, delivering mobile workflows through a suite of productivity apps and secure mobile services.

Workspace ONE helps IT organisations improve previously costly, time-consuming, and resource–intensive experiences and tasks. End users gain a productivity boost as well, completing transactions from a mobile device, anywhere, in under the average mobile session of 72 seconds – known as the mobile moment.

Simplify Access and App Management

With VMware’s digital workspace solution, organisations remove the friction of access so employees can get work done in real time from any device or location, without compromising security. It provides users with a single repository to access all business apps, optimised by device type. One-touch mobile, single sign-on (SSO) and simple self-service onboarding make the solution convenient and easy to use.

Built with enterprise-level security in mind, VMware’s solution also includes multi-factor authentication across mobile devices. Its privacy-by-design approach assures users that their personal apps and data remain invisible to IT.

Unify Endpoint Management

Today’s businesses employ a variety of device ownership models—from corporate-owned or shared to BYOD and COPE. VMware’s digital workspace solution enables IT organisations to leverage a single platform to manage all apps and devices, regardless of ownership models.

The solution includes unified endpoint management, built on industry-leading VMware AirWatch, and integrates seamlessly with VMware Horizon to support app management across physical and virtual desktops. It enables complete, scalable over-the-air provisioning and lifecycle management, and delivers real-time visibility for users, apps, and devices across any network, whether physical or virtual.

Virtualise Desktops and Apps

To maintain enterprise security, certain data should never be left on a non-trusted endpoint nor leave a secured network. When desktops or applications are virtualised, they run in secure data centers on-premises, or in the cloud; only the user interface is transmitted beyond the firewall. Applications and all of their data remain secure in the data center, never touching the devices that access them.

VMware’s digital workspace solution includes virtualisation technology that delivers enterprise IT freedom, compatibility, and cost efficiencies because any device can access a virtual application or desktop, regardless of OS.

Modernise Windows Management and Security

Traditionally, Windows OS device administration has been managed with on-premises tools—and only for network or domain-joined PCs. With the introduction of Windows 10, Microsoft is offering IT organisations a fundamentally different approach to managing the OS from the cloud. VMware’s digital workspace platform enables IT teams to provide management and control of Windows 10 PCs, regardless of location or ownership model. IT organisations can provision systems out of the box, without needing to touch new laptops, as well as support full application lifecycle management. The digital workspace is a single, self-service platform for authorised users to access modern Windows apps, legacy Windows apps, web-based apps, and SaaS apps. Windows app delivery across devices helps ensure that corporate apps can run smoothly while meeting compliance requirements. To help strengthen security, controlled access with Horizon-hosted virtual apps ensures that non-trusted devices never touch the enterprise network, while remote users can access the enterprise applications they need.

VMware empowers the digital workspace by delivering an experience that is consumer simple, yet enterprise secure. VMware’s solution makes it fast and easy for organisations to adopt new services and workflows while optimizing security with rich contextual access policies.

Advancements in technology are compelling businesses to redefine its offerings and deliver it in a way that would be much more appealing to the digital consumer. Enterprises need to accommodate its workforce’s preferences and create a business environment that is conducive to productivity without comprising on security. l

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