No longer desk-bound: Desktop strategies in the Middle East

Desktop strategies in the Middle East are evolving so that employees can have access to the enterprise applications they need, anywhere and at any time

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No longer desk-bound: Desktop strategies in the Middle East Virtual desktops are now considered the better choice due to the flexibility they offer
By  Tom Paye Published  September 17, 2015

However, despite these limitations, Venkatachalam concludes that “virtual desktops are now considered the better choice due to the flexibility they offer”.

Being from a desktop virtualisation specialist, Citrix, Abou Lteif is more bullish on the benefits of the technology. He says that the Middle East has taken a particular shine to desktop virtualisation, as organisations here continue to want mobile access to their workplaces. He adds that IT departments are using the trend to simplify their operations, as well as provide users with what they want.

“In the Middle East, the desktop virtualisation market continues to flourish due to trends such as consumerisation, as well as the opportunity to create a more efficient, productive working environment that not only creates a more flexible workplace for employees but also enables IT departments to manage IT infrastructure more effectively,” he says.

“Moreover, workplace transformation remains a critically important phenomenon across all industries in the Middle East. This has led to many industry decision-makers focusing on adopting new technologies to improve business operations by addressing developments such as the convergence of social, mobile, cloud and big data.”

Indeed, Abou Lteif believes that desktop virtualisation can help to address two intertwined challenges: meeting employees’ demands and addressing the critical vulnerability of private information. He says that it provides the flexibility and mobility to work on any device, in any location, over any network, with a full spectrum of on-premise, cloud and mobile apps and services.

“There’s no going back to the days of monolithic IT, locked-down networks and deskbound employees, and there’s no point in clinging to security models designed for that time – they just don’t work. With mobility now a core business requirement, and the consumerisation of IT changing the way people think about the technologies they use, businesses need to rethink desktop strategy to fit a new set of requirements like containerisation and data access from anywhere, on any device,” he says.

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