There is incredible potential in Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) for the modern workplace, both because of the rise in remote work but also because of the innovations it brings. However, these innovations mean little if your business cannot capitalize on them.
This article will explore DaaS, explain its current and future popularity, and most importantly, share some best practices on how you can optimize it.
What is DaaS?
DaaS is a method of providing users with virtual desktop environments over the internet. Virtual desktop environments include operating systems, applications, files, and user preferences that are all stored in the cloud. Hosted on virtual machines managed by a DaaS provider like Liberty Center One, desktop environments can be accessed from various devices such as smart devices, laptops, and PCs.
Why is Daas on the rise?
By the end of 2023, the market value of DaaS is expected to reach $3.13 billion. With an expected annual growth rate of 12.66%, the DaaS market will likely reach $5.68 billion by 2028. One of the primary factors behind DaaS’s popularity growth has been the global shift to remote and hybrid work setups. DaaS also delivers a host of benefits, including reduced administration and maintenance work, predictable IT expenditure, and on-demand scalability.
DaaS optimization best practices
In order to make the most of DaaS, you need to implement the following best practices:
Develop a DaaS adoption strategy that aligns with your goals
Before adopting DaaS, create a comprehensive strategy aligned with your business goals. A poorly thought-out strategy can disrupt your business productivity, exceed expected costs, or reveal unforeseen incompatibilities between your industry and your DaaS provider. To avoid these problems, follow these steps when creating your adoption strategy:
- Determine whether adopting DaaS will actually benefit your business.
- Identify the ways DaaS can tangibly improve your business in terms of productivity and achieving its goals.
- Calculate if a DaaS subscription plan fits within your business’s budget.
- Use the findings from the previous steps to construct a case for your business to adopt DaaS.
Get a trustworthy partner
Collaborate with a reputable DaaS vendor to provide employees with a streamlined and efficient experience. When vetting potential partners, make sure they offer services compatible with your current IT infrastructure and are able to scale their services as your business grows. You should also ask any potential partner for any certifications, portfolios, and case studies to assess whether they truly have the expertise to deploy DaaS solutions.
Ensure security and data backup consistency
Data breaches and other emergencies can halt business activity completely, necessitating both tight security and effective recovery tools. Prioritize security by selecting a DaaS provider with a solid security track record and reliable data backup policies.
Update devices regularly
Old devices can slow down and take longer to respond, impacting user productivity. Furthermore, outdated devices can create vulnerabilities that cybercriminals can exploit. Constantly engage with your DaaS vendor to assist your IT team in maintaining your user devices, ensuring they can interface with the virtual desktop environment without issue or risk.
Tailor your virtual environment to your business
Equip your virtual environment with the tools and applications your users need to accomplish their tasks. Ensure that the applications you select are familiar or easily understood, requiring minimal training time before employees can use them to contribute to workflow.
Utilize collaboration tools
Enterprises should take full advantage of the collaboration tools through DaaS. These collaboration tools typically fall into three categories:
- Task management tools track due dates, checklists, time logs, and communications, enabling users to monitor progress, save time, and manage prioritization.
- Document management tools allow users to organize and share documents for more streamlined coordination and collaboration, especially with projects that involve multiple contributors and phases.
- Group chat tools enable users to communicate with one another quickly and efficiently through a single platform, which can be especially useful if the team members are distributed across different regions and time zones.
By implementing these DaaS best practices, you can better optimize the productivity of your remote team. Learn more about incorporating DaaS into your business by contacting Liberty Center One.