As certain technological advancements become integral to our lives, we often forget how unpredictable these innovations are at the onset. Remember smartphones? The idea of an all-in-one handheld device that gave consumers communication and internet capabilities was an astonishing invention, yet they’re now over 25 years old—and could you imagine life without one? There have been—and will be—many inventions like this as technology continues to disrupt our lives, but we are most interested in the way these changes will alter the workplace.
Offices of the future are closer than ever before, and they look very different from what we’re used to, from their design to how we work and everything in between. Technology streamlines processes, making businesses and employees more effective and efficient. One issue that has always prevented organizations from evolving has been the dependence on on-site hardware that ties employees to their cubicles, places more stress on IT staff, and is more expensive for businesses to manage. Desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) is the solution to this predicament, one that not only transforms IT services, but is good for a company’s employees and its bottom line.
Rethinking the role of IT
Converging technology with a rapidly changing workforce is more complex than ever before. Your existing IT department already knows this, as they are the ones responsible for implementing these innovations. Previously, IT staff supported businesses by fixing laptops and printers, handling technological inquiries, managing operation systems and software, etc. A very important task, yes, but not a very efficient one, especially with the velocity of new technology being introduced.
With DaaS, the entire functionality of an IT department is transformed—in fact, it completely eliminates the need for internal IT services at all. This is possible because everything is transferred into one single cloud-based solution; companies work with a third-party managed-services provider that takes over the responsibilities of a typical IT department. At Zuryc, Inc., we act as an outsourced IT provider for our clients and manage their security, software implementation, application delivery, customer service, and more. This simplifies management and maintenance, all while saving your company money.
Lower costs, higher rewards
Many small to midsized businesses struggle with hiring first-rate IT staff, while many simply don’t even have the wiggle room in their budgets to afford a sufficient IT department. Desktop-as-a-service eliminates the need of an internal team that is dedicated to IT, and, instead, a managed-services provider takes over these services at a fraction of the cost.
You’ll no longer need to worry about integrating specific hardware, which eliminates costly fees and constant upgrades, or hiring additional employees, which can be a hefty cost for businesses trying to become more profitable.
Flexible working environments
While desktop-as-a-service is a more affordable alternative to the traditional IT role, it also has other advantages, like flexibility. Since DaaS is a cloud-based service, everything can be accessed anywhere, at any time, and on any device. This is ideal for companies who want a global or remote workforce, or for companies who want to offer employees a more flexible work from home policy, which is a perk that’s becoming increasingly important now that we have over five generations working within the same office. Since everything is on the cloud and a managed-services provider monitors this activity 24/7, businesses can have peace of mind knowing their data and devices are consistently safe and up-to-date.
While technology is unpredictable, one thing is certain: the offices of the future will be more flexible, more collaborative, and more efficient than ever before. Therefore, we need technology that brings us closer to that objective—for many companies, this is desktop-as-a-service.