Enterprise apps require Windows-based devices to run effectively, says IT firm CEO
Enterprises have invested a lot of money in applications, many of which cannot run natively on smartphones and tablets, noted Sumir Karayi, chief executive officer of IT efficiency firm 1E.
This can lead to a frustrating user experience for those bringing their own devices to work or working remotely, Karayi told FierceMobileIT.
In large enterprises, there can be hundreds of corporate applications that require a Windows-based environment to operate effectively. To host all of those apps through a web application would be "cost prohibitive," he added.
Karayi recommended that enterprises employ BYOC programs, that is, bring your own computer, to enable mobility while maintaining user experience and IT controls.
"For workers used to using Microsoft Office and corporate applications, they need a Windows environment," he related.
Later this year, 1E will be offering a virtual desktop product called 1E Workspace that enables a remote worker to operate a virtual desktop within his or her personal laptop. The virtual desktop is able to deliver a user experience similar to the one in the office, while ensuring that sensitive corporate data cannot be transferred to the laptop.
Using the 1E product, employees can automatically download virtual machines to their personal laptops and can continue to work should a network outage occur, Karayi explained. So, if the remote worker loses connectivity for whatever reason, the 1E virtual desktop continues to operate, he added.
"Employees can download a containerized version of the corporate network that is secure and safe. It has all of the standard requirements for security, regulations, etc., but it runs locally on the computer," Karayi explained.
The 1E product is different from a traditional virtual desktop infrastructure solution because it does not require network connectivity or massive servers to run the virtual desktops.