To meet the business objectives that today’s organizations demand, such as lowering the cost of facilities or expanding the business quickly, IT must step in. IT is the critical lynchpin that can create and support a virtual workforce strategy that will enable organizations to see the cost cutting and expansion they need.

Critical to the support of “anytime, anywhere” workers.¬†Eighty percent of our respondents told us that providing anytime, anywhere support to workers was very important to their IT departments. Furthermore, more than 85% of respondents believe that providing workers with access to their applications and data, regardless of their location, are other important hot buttons for IT departments.

… Supported By Traditional Infrastructure

Networking infrastructure. When supporting a virtual workforce, there are three key technology components that deliver a productivity environment to users: 1) the virtualization technologies (usually housed in the data center); 2) the end user device; and 3) the networking infrastructure that connects it all together. Using technologies such as WAN optimization and VPNs, organizations can provide workers with a quality connection and experience when connecting remotely to company resources, while at the same time assuring that all connections to desktops, applications, and data are secure Рsolving top IT concerns from our respondents.

While all of these virtualization technologies and traditional infrastructure have their place in supporting a virtual workforce, it is important to note that each of these solutions puts more control back in the hands of IT and helps them meet business objectives.