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Workspace suites wait for IT to catch up
This article is part of the Access issue of March 2017, Vol. 1, No. 1
Long gone are the days when business workers relied solely on Windows applications installed on company-owned computers. Today's end users access a variety of application types throughout the day. Physical Windows desktops still play an important role, but web apps, mobile apps and virtual desktops and applications are in the mix as well. Depending on where they are and what they're doing, workers may not want or be able to use certain apps on their corporate-issued laptops, instead turning to smartphones, tablets and even wearables. They might not have access to all their data from these devices, either. In the face of such complexity, it's not easy for users to get their work done. And it's really not easy for IT to manage and secure these disparate applications, devices and data sources. Enter workspace suites. These emerging end-user computing products aim to provide a portal for users to access all of their required resources from anywhere -- plus a unified console for IT to control everything. "It really is about how you ...
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