A dynamic workplace in 5 steps
The true ruler of the IT workplace is Windows. And has been for decades. Nothing has shaped the workplace as much as the operating system. When we speak of dynamic workplaces today, we mustn’t neglect that factor. Microsoft now offers an instant way to the dynamic workplace with the business versions of Windows 10. This “pour-and-ready” approach certainly also touches a nerve among many users. But is that a dynamic workplace?
Dynamic workplace is more than Windows 10
We believe there’s more to it than Windows as a service. In many respects, dynamic workplaces need fundamental new approaches above and beyond the operating system. For example as regards processes, infrastructures and software. A dynamic workplace cannot be achieved with established processes and established technology. Or at least not easily – and that is after all one of the main objectives in transitioning to a dynamic workplace environment: management must be simpler (and cheaper), yet also offer the agility companies need nowadays – and not only in relation to terminal devices.
New applications outside Windows
What’s certain is that it will not just be a continuation of the established Windows desktop path, but a fusion of Windows with various other impulses. A lot has happened outside the Windows environment that is now of significance to the workplace. Applications, for example, may come from various sources (and so have different IT architectures) – the traditional Windows world or the Web. Or they may be mobile apps. Merging them may prove to be an extremely appealing task.
Hybrid application world
So how much Windows will still be in a workplace? It certainly won’t be easy to assess that. To use two images from biology: Will we see a hybrid (a 50:50 mix) or rather a transgenic product (where a little foreign DNS is implanted in the Windows genome)? This question is bound to be answered from very subjective perspectives. But the answer is without doubt less significant than concrete implementation of the dynamic workplace.
Transforming workplaces in five steps
Our Digital Workplace Transformation white paper recommends a five-step approach. That allows you to divide the gargantuan task into clear sections that give you extensive control of rollout:
- Define concrete goals and develop a staggered plan on the basis of that.
- Find a pilot group and specify which applications are provided in what way. This pilot group will also be important for your accompanying communication activities.
- Identify the three most important use cases for this group, along with success factors.
- Transition this group from pilot to live operation mode. Establish intensive monitoring.
- Consolidate your lessons learned and start with the next user group
This approach gives you a high degree of control over the value that dynamic workplaces deliver for your company at all times during the rollout process – and not during the “project”. You can respond and optimize things rapidly – as is typical for agile working.
You can find more details on transforming workplaces – also above and beyond these five points – in our free white paper. Drop by and have a read.