With the start of 2017, the market is moving towards a new phase of business mobility in which companies must provide access to applications and resources of all kinds to end users, customers and partners, using any connected device.
This is the finding of the recent report The State of the Digital Workspace, developed by VMware interviewing 1,263 decision maker (BDM) and IT managers across EMEA.
The report, which centered on the growing phenomenon of mobility in the workplace, has revealed that 57% of those who have turned their digital workspace has recorded improvements in the effectiveness of the mobile workforce, 54% saw increased satisfaction users in the relationship with IT and 47% in safety devices, desktops, and applications.
Nearly half of IT managers and business decision-makers in EMEA has also seen improvements in total cost of ownership after the initiatives for the digital workspace, while 52% achieved improvements in overall costs. This return on investment has been driven by a combination of factors, including a faster deployment of applications (34%), greater security of desktop and mobility devices (29%) and greater efficiency for the end user ( 28%).
The digital transformation is a priority for many, but there is a gap between the potential of the digital workspace and what companies have achieved last year. Despite this, those responsible in the company identify some factors that influence the implementation of initiatives for the digital workspace.
The main barrier is linked to security (43%), followed by issues related to the budget (38%) and the skills needed to support the implementation of the digital workspace (25%). The study, however, reveals that nearly half of respondents in EMEA (46%) sees the digital workspace as a way to address the risks related to compliance and security.
Companies also see it as necessary elements for the digital workspace of mobile device management software (38%) and workspace management software (35%). The identity management software on top of the financial service priorities, with 37% identifying them as a necessary element.