Today’s businesses are continuously challenged with shifts in technology, and organizations are quickly realizing that technology that worked a few years ago, may not be capable of delivering the same results today. The IT landscape started to transform when employees no longer used a single device to accomplish their tasks and started introducing their own devices into the fold.
Here are some of the ways that legacy and modern IT environments differ:
To stay current, organizations must move their workplaces away from isolated technology silos and begin moving to a cloud-first model where devices, data, collaboration tools, and security are tightly knit to maximize employee’s efficiency and productivity. To accomplish this, organizations must look to modernize their workplace. But what does that mean, and how did we get here?
Working from anywhere, at any time, on any device – Long gone are the days of the “traditional work model”, where employees would arrive to work at 9, log into a desktop computer and stay late if the work wasn’t done. Gone too are the traditional 9-5 work days. As businesses have become more global, employees must work with colleagues and customers in different time zones. More often than not, employees are starting their days earlier to work with someone whose day is just wrapping up. With the proliferation of wireless networking and smaller devices (i.e. laptops, tablets and phones), employees are able to work outside of the office, not just from home but from customer sites or even when flying on business travel.
To keep up with the evolving workplace, organizations must move to modernize and empower their employees to work the way they want to. How does an organization get here? They must make their workplace both productive and collaborative while maintaining security.
Productive and Collaborative – Since employees are more on-the-go than ever before, they need access to their content and resources regardless of location. By providing this to them, employees can be more responsive with their colleagues and customers, eliminating delays in communication. While easy access to business materials is vital, it’s only half of the solution – employers must provide an easy means to work with one another. By giving employees tools which promote collaboration, colleagues can better share information with one another, unlocking creativity and leading to better ideas and outcomes than they would have had on their own.
Security – The evolution of workplace mobility has presented new challenges when it comes to protecting data. While modern technology has increased convenience, productivity, and collaboration, traditional security measures are no match for increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. These threats weigh heavily on businesses and organizations. The average financial impact to businesses per security breach in the U.S. is a whopping $7 million. Not only do these attacks cost employee productivity, one in five organizations lose customers, and nearly 30% lose revenue.
To achieve the vision of modernizing the workplace, Microsoft unveiled Microsoft 365 (M365) by bridging together Windows, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security. By bringing these three services together, Microsoft has created a single solution that delivers complete, intelligent and secure tools capable of empowering employees.
SADA utilizes both Windows 10 and Office 365, as part of the M365 ecosystem, to approach desktop modernization. From assessment, planning and design to remediation and on-going support, SADA’s expert team of Microsoft certified consultants and technical professionals provide you with white-glove services to help you modernize your organization.