How Does Application Flexibility and Cloud Delivery Enable End-User Agility?

Maintaining the balance between security and user experience (UX) is of key importance to any company. So, will the new way delivering applications and user data through Cloud assist your business in achieving this?

Only a short time ago a number of companies had a major issue arise surrounding their desktop estate. Companies had become complacent as they had not had to action any updates or changes for a while and so despite being warned in advance of the event many were still not prepared. This led to companies not having enough time to prepare and put suitable changes in to place.

Of course if you had not already caught the reference, this was the chaos that ensued with the end-of-support of MS Windows XP – and history may well repeat itself if companies do not change with fast approaching end-of-support for Windows Server 2003.

The issues that subsequently arose because of the end-of-support were not surrounding the operating system (OS) itself, but instead the applications that had not been reviewed or updated prior to the change.

Can you remember back to this end of an era in 2014? Whilst only a short while ago, companies are often quick to forget the error of their ways and may soon again face having to react to the changes rather than act before them.

What did you do with your applications and how could you avoid this next time the support ends for your operating system?

One such solution could be to look to the Cloud. With a virtual environment companies could better manage their estate and applications; ensuring that updates to both these applications and the operating system are done with greater ease. No longer do companies need to think that to update an operating system means having to purchase new hardware or software.

Taking the app store experience as an example; no longer are applications and operating systems one of the same. The app store provides a variety of applications across various operating systems and hardware types, but they each operate to full capacity in their established environment.

There is now flexibility in the delivery of applications that transcends the operating system and avoids issues of conflict. This adjustment is also beneficial to users as it means that they can focused on the use of applications and their productivity, rather than conflicts between applications and operating systems. Making use of the Cloud will also tackle any business issues with security that resonates from legacy systems. A private Cloud could not only increase productivity and user experience, but also ensure that all your data is on the clean side of your firewall and not travelling across the public internet.

By understanding these changes to methodology, companies can begin to understand how future IT updates will less surround the operating system and hardware, and instead focus around user requirements – whilst still meeting their business requirements.

Are you prepared for the end-of-support on your current operating system?

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