Sometimes, our processes at work are so outdated and time consuming, you want to scream every time you have to do them. That’s why many of us crave the top of the line gadgets and software. What if we could all get what we want while putting less of a burden on the IT department as well?
All companies want to see their efficiency being compared to that of a well-oiled machine. A huge part of that machine are all the employees that are keeping the wheels turning. So employee satisfaction is a pretty big deal if you want to have a successful company.
BusinessNewsDaily shared an article about workspace virtualization, which may be the key for small businesses to be more efficient. It helps break the chains to your desktop at work, which is usually bound to one network system and keeps the worker tied to that specific desktop because that’s where all their data is. Instead, their data, desktop and apps are available to them anywhere, in any location. A good example of this would be in a clinical setting. When a doctor opens up their patient’s file on their computer in their office, he/she then can walk out and will still be able to view the file on a tablet or other device while on the way to see the patient.
This technology would also be a major help for those employees who work from home. Michael Thompson, a network engineer with Boice.net envisions this scenario:
“You could [virtualize the entire office space by] using laptops, high-speed Internet, video cameras and VoIP [voice over Internet Protocol] phones. An employee could be sitting at their kitchen table, but through the use of technology, have access to everything that they would normally have access to in the office.”
In many industries, the traditional office setting just isn’t practical. Their employees are out in the field helping customers on a daily basis, and thus cannot be tied down to a singular desktop terminal. This is a dream come true for them. Instead of operating without access to critical information, or with scaled down versions on portable devices, field workers can now have access to whatever data they need. Not only that, but Thompson emphasizes the ability for field workers to communicate with other remote colleagues as well:
“These tools allow us to stay in contact with the main office, as well as other engineers that may be able to lend a helping hand.”
With workspace virtualization, it doesn’t matter how many times you switch between your PC and other devices because it will save your settings automatically. So not only will this help your employees be more efficient, it will also lower IT costs for small companies. It takes a chunk out of the overhead because they no longer have so many laptops, fax machines, PCs, and printers to juggle every day. This makes this technology particularly appealing to small organizations who don’t have a huge budget for IT as it is. Those employees definitely feel that strain in their work life. Workspace virtualization can offer them the mobility and efficiency that workers crave and a cost savings that will make management ecstatic, too.
At AccelaWork, we understand the desire to be more mobile to increase productivity growth, from small businesses to government organizations. That doesn’t mean that this idea isn’t without risks. Questions about security and employees working longer hours are important concerns. So speak to one of our business process implementation experts before you take that leap!