Why the cloud is the future of app delivery

IT is challenged by the line of business to deliver a competitive edge to compete in a global market. Securely delivering apps and data to any device is a core IT workflow to enable productivity.

However, if you are like most companies, your IT budget is not growing at the same pace as demand for IT services. To be more agile, the current paradigm around app delivery needs to be turned upside down. IT needs to cut the cord.

IT’s evolution: From plow horse to racehorse

IT and the work world have come a long way. Remember the days when the IT department issued you a standard black PC and employees worked at desks? Back then, IT was focused on analysing available IT solutions and then executing multiyear plans. It was common for IT to be working on multi-year programs for SharePoint, ERP, and CRM systems.

Those days are gone. Today, businesses are competing in a much faster paced environment, which requires them to be agile and responsive to market changes. They must also be in tune with their customers’ needs and empower them to make critical business decisions in real-time.

Top executives at the biggest corporations are now handling most of their business via their mobile device because they need to be able to make decisions where customers, suppliers, and employees are at exactly the moment it matters. CEO of Coca-Cola Germany, Ulrik Nehammer, says about his need to be mobile that “the most dangerous place to make a decision is in the office.”

Today, IT is really the X factor that drives business success. Speed is the new IT currency. IT departments must rollout highly flexible plans that can deliver tangible results within a single quarter rather than in 1-2 years.

A changing workplace: Mobility requires agility

Increasingly, productivity occurs outside the office.  More than 50% of employees work in a remote office outside of headquarters. That means IT needs to provide them with real-time access to productivity apps and data. For many IT departments, these new demands must still be met using a constrained budget. It’s typical for IT to be expected to do more with less.

In response to new user requirements,IT often deploys app delivery technology, such as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). This solution quickly delivers desktop, applications, and data to any user on any device.

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