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Jewell... Virtualised workspaces help employees
strike a better work-life balance

Flexible working emerging trend in UAE

DUBAI, January 22, 2015

A trend of employees working part-time or in flexible full-time roles is emerging in the UAE, said an industry expert, adding that this is only going to increase in future.

Businesses are therefore increasingly under pressure to take action and make sure they have the technology and processes in place to meet these employee demands, added Marcus Jewell, Vice President, EMEA at Brocade, a leader in networking solutions.

In response to the new trend, virtualised workspaces are gaining a strong foothold in the future of working life, he noted.

A virtualised desktop is an individual users' interface becoming accessible in a virtualised setting, which, in essence, means that employees can work remotely, from anywhere, as effectively as if they were in the office.

A virtualised workspace empowers employees with a choice; a choice to strike a better work-life balance as they can work from anywhere, anytime, with any device. IDC are predicting that 1.3 billion people will work remotely using mobile technology in 2015, equivalent to 37.2 per cent of the entire global workforce, and it's easy to see why, said Jewell.

As employees are no longer constricted by their location, they have the ability to become more agile and flexible in their work hours. Connecting to the corporate world remotely is becoming as seamless as walking into an office. With our time more valuable to us than ever, the ability to log-in and work - easily and securely - on the train, in a coffee shop, or wherever you might be, is ever more desirable.

Moving outside of the office environment can also have a positive effect on creativity as employees often lack inspiration when stuck in a corporate environment.

“For example, how often do you have your most innovative idea when you've got your head stuck in a spread-sheet or when the phone doesn't stop ringing?” said Jewell.

“Your inspiration is more likely to flourish when your mind is at ease, when you're under less pressure, have fewer distractions, and in an environment where you have time to think - something that remote working encourages.”

However, this added flexibility will inevitably put greater strain on a business's core IT infrastructure, and companies will need to make sure they have the right network in place in deliver this level of user flexibility and freedom, Jewell noted.

“As existing networks are already struggling to keep pace with growing demand and data volume, how should companies go about moving towards a virtualised workspace?” he said.

“The answer is The New IP,” Jewell explained. “In simple terms, The New IP refers to a state-of-the-art, virtualised IP network. This new infrastructure provides a more dynamic, automated capability based on leveraging software and virtualisation. It allows customers to exploit best-of-breed technologies, based on open architectures and open ecosystems, and not be locked into any one vendor.”

“The New IP will be the enabler for a wealth of new technologies - from virtual workspaces to the Internet of Things - to be transformed into a truly useful tool. Businesses who embrace The New IP will be able to offer their employees an agile, resilient and scalable network, one capable of delivering data and applications to any device, anywhere at any time.

“It is clear that our day-to-day lives are becoming ever more reliant on this 24/7 connectivity and whether we are aware of it or not, we rely on the networks connecting these devices together. There is no doubt that, when harnessed correctly, these technologies will help foster corporate innovation; however, flawless delivery off these applications can only be achieved providing the underlying networks are in place to support them,” Jewell concluded. – TradeArabia News Service




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