|The increasing focus on user experience can be quite challenging. IT departments are coping with the tools at hand, often delivering a mediocre user experience because of software limitations. Why not use the right software for the task? Microsoft SCCM is great, but it lacks functionality typically found in User Workspace Management software and is therefore not capable of delivering the high-level user experience that is obvious when using Scense.
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|The Windows user profile contains all the application- and configuration settings users need to increase their productivity, while at the same time enabling the IT department to control and manage their workspaces from a central place. Unfortunately in today’s world it’s getting harder to effectively manage these profiles due to the fact that they are growing exponentially, causing stress on the servers, very long login times for the users and potential profile conflicts causing unpredictable desktop behavior. To solve this critical challenge the IT industry created a new methodology to deliver the profiles to the users workspace, called profile management.|
|An intelligent desktop virtualization solution featuring Scense User Workspace Management* and intelligent clients powered by 2nd generation Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors lets users work the way they want to, without restrictions associated with traditional desktop virtualization. The result is increased levels of productivity and job satisfaction. First-generation desktop
virtualization (virtual desktop infrastructure, or VDI) gives IT administrators control. With virtual desktops that execute in the data center and stream to client devices, it is easy to lock down endpoints and control data and applications. However, the personal business computing environment has changed. Users now expect their computers to do things that were almost unimaginable when VDI emerged. They want to access corporate data and applications from anywhere, on devices ranging from corporate laptops to personal tablets and smart phones. They expect a rich user experience with demanding, graphics-intensive applications. But that freedom puts data and devices under increased risk of loss, theft, and misuse, making it more important than ever for IT to be able to manage the organization’s desktop infrastructure.
|In our whitepaper which described the trends of the Consumerization of IT, Virtualization was seen as one of the most important drivers of COIT. It has p oven its uWhitepaper Scense – Bridging the Virtualization gapsefulness and comes in many flavours these days: Application virtualization, Server virtualization, Desktop Virtualization, Storage Virtualization and many more. A lot has been written on virtualization in the last couple of years and most layers of the virtualization stack have been covered extensively. The benefits of building and delivering virtualized infrastructures in a fraction of the time and costs of physical environments like a decrease in capital expenditure,increase of Return of Investment and agility of the organizations are proven. However, two profound challenges still remain in the top layers of the virtualization stack: how do users get easy access to their applications and how do they get their personal workspace based on their privileges and location. To enable and utilize all the power of today’s virtualization technologies, it is a must that the above challenges will be solved. While delivering a total Workspace Management solution, Scense has solved these specific challenges in virtualization and allows organizations to utilize the best of their investments. This can be recapitulated into what we call “Context Virtualization”, the missing link in virtualization to enable the users and the IT Department to get the maximum out of their virtualization investments.|
|The term “consumerization of IT” was first popularized in 2001 as a description for how innovation in information technology was emerging in consumer technology first, with the expectation it would eventually migrate into the enterprise. In other words, the increasing influence that consumers have on the technology (both hardware and software) we expect to use at the corporate workplace. The challenge for (corporate) IT will be finding the right mix of corporate approved products & services and personal(ized) IT methods.|
|About two decades ago the mobile workforce phenomenon started, although even before that time there have been companies where workers didn’t spend their time at the office but worked more from home. However, such jobs were more exotic than typical and they certainly didn’t affect millions of people. Today, information workers are no longer constraint to the four walls of their office building. The combination of high-speed wireless networks and powerful mobile devices such as laptops, smartphones and tablets has made it possible to work from pretty much anywhere.
This trend of mobility, also known as The New World ofWork, is characterized by a great degree of flexibility of the physical workplace. Many companies have implemented this behavioral change in working and have reaped the benefits like avoiding rush hours, reducing travel time, positive environmental effects and the (cost and time) savings for the company.
|User Workspace Management solutions are in urgent need of transformation. The days of rigid tooling to manage locked-down workspaces in a server-based environment are over. Today the demand is for solutions that are uniquely flexible, giving access to IT services, at anytime, anywhere and on any device. A paradigm shift has taken place in business and end-user practices and traditional strategies are struggling to meet the challenge. What is required is a new approach – Scense Next Generation User Workspace Management.|
|Increasingly, IT management is called on to provide support for employees own devices. Recent Gartner research suggests that the average number of workers using their own laptops as their primary work PC grew from 10% in 2009 to 14% by the middle of 2010. This Bring your Own Computer (BYOC) trend is driven by increased productivity, enhanced job satisfaction and cost-efficiency. The concept of BYOC has a bright future. For IT managers, it’s not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’ they implement the necessary infrastructure.|
|IT management has become one of the most challenging tasks in present-day organizations. Poorly grounded technology decisions may render businesses slow in responding to environment changes or even in performing day-to-day operations. The ability to make sure end-users can fully employ the corporate IT capabilities, independently of time and physical location, proves to be the true key to success in the world of business. This paper focuses on one particular aspect of the problem mentioned above the efficient workspace management in complex IT environments.|
|Microsoft and Scense both provide solutions aimed at the IT generalist commonly to be found in mid-size businesses. Extremely easy to implement, they offer a combined solution that’s affordable and the perfect fit for the mid-size business. Microsoft System Center Essentials manages the architecture needed for a new generation of workers to share information and work together. Scense User Workspace Management creates a personal workspace, making the user’s personal applications and configuration available at any location, on any device, at any time. Together, these solutions empower organizations, teams and individuals to realize their potential in the New World of Work.|