End User Computing (EUC) is all about the ways in which workforces use applications, data, and devices. A successful EUC solution facilitates a centrally managed solution for all applications, and enables increased productivity, collaboration and efficiency. And, most importantly in today’s world, it allows for a truly flexible and mobile workforce.

Flexibility is crucial for modern businesses. According to Gartner, in just three years more than 50% of users will use a tablet or smartphone first for all online activities. Similarly, a study from 2014 found that over 90% of IT teams surveyed see a demand for the use of smartphones and tablets at work, and over 80% see a demand for the use of multiple devices by individuals.

This research is in line with research conducted by VMWare, who believe that “a fundamental shift is underway as organisations seek to embrace and capitalize on business mobility. In their 2015 Business Mobility Report, VMWare found that whilst only 17% of organisations have taken steps towards business mobility, 61% of businesses are actively re-engineering, or are planning to re-engineer, a core business process to a mobile model in the immediate future.

This demand for mobility and flexibility means EUC is evolving. After attending a talk by Shawn Bass on the Future of End User Computing at VMWorld 2015, Brian Madden – well-known desktop virtualisation expert – reported that, because of this increased mobility, business consumers want simpler access.

Mobile users don’t want to have to VPN into the corporate network. Combining micro-VPNs, mutli-factor authentication, and centralized and federated identity management will be a game changer in the next five years,” explains Madden.

The other game changer in the world of EUC is Windows 10. Windows 10 is set to be the most popular operating system of all time – with one billion devices estimated to have installed the OS by 2017; and 96% of IT decision makers expressing interest in Windows 10.

To accelerate the adoption of Windows 10 further, VMWare introduced Project A2 at VMWorld 2015. Project A2 will speed-up the adoption of Windows 10 by eliminating the complex and costly process of managing and upgrading Windows PCs and applications. Since Windows 10 is widely believed to be mobile-cloud focussed, a drive to increase the use of the OS clearly suggests a shift in the focus of EUC toward solutions for a mobile workforce.

Mobile workforces are more productive, more flexible, and more collaborative. Organisations that want to harness these powers must follow these EUC trends and adapt accordingly, because the future is here and the future is mobile.  

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