As more companies look for ways to cut costs, telecommuting becomes an attractive option for those who are looking to save on one of the biggest overheads involved with running a business: the office lease. GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics, a firm that tracks telecommuting data, says that work from home programs have increased 79.7% between 2005 and 2012.
In the past, working from home meant the company has to buy a laptop while ensuring the data is encrypted. IT departments would require laptops to be locked onto desk much like a bicycle is anchored to a tree when not in use. This infrastructure is both costly, requires tons of overhead from an IT management point of view and it could put your data at risk even if you have taken precautions to secure the device.
The cloud calms all of these fears about working from home and abroad. The cloud helps companies control access, disallows sharing of sensitive data and users can utilize their personal computing hardware to connect to the cloud which will not interact with their local desktop resources. The cloud can give your workers a secure gateway into your network without using confusing VPN programs.
Another huge advantage of the cloud is providing your workers with an easier method to connect to their virtual machine. You could theoretically setup a web portal and allow the user to access a virtual desktop through a web browser. If your employees require a phone, many companies are providing soft phones which can be used inside of the virtual machine sessions. This simply allows a user to connect a microphone and headset to their personal computing device in order to begin making and receiving business related phone calls.
Desktops as a Service will become the new way for companies to do business because it will improve worker satisfaction and help organizations save money by providing fewer seats in a traditional office complex for those would rather work from home.