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Six reasons your business and workforce needs desktops as a service

Desktops as a service is ideal for remote workforces

Desktops as a service (DaaS) delivers virtual applications and desktops as a cloud service, allowing employees to access this service from a browser or secure application in a device. DaaS gives people a familiar way to work anywhere and IT an efficient way to deploy, manage, and fund the service.

01

Business and IT modernization

IT no longer supports a traditional workplace environment that fits into a 9 to 5 model. Business is 24/7/365, workers are everywhere, and the pressure on IT has never been higher. To meet these demands, business need to look no further than Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Standard for Azure for a remedy to these demands. With more than 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies using Azure, you gain trust, security, experience, and cost savings with Microsoft.

What justifies investing in DaaS?

  • 38%
    IT efficiency

  • 23%
    Security and compliance

  • 14%
    Cost efficiencies

  • 12%
    Business agility

(source: ESG)

02

Operating during unplanned adversity

Businesses face the increasing possibility of disruptions of all kinds, from storms to water or power outages, and more. With Citrix Virtual App and Desktops Standard for Azure it’s easy to deliver remote access to mission-critical apps during any kind of business disruption, planned or unplanned­–without compromising security. Employees can work from any HTML-5 browser or device including Windows, Mac iOS, Android, or Chromebook, staying safe, productive, and engaged so your business keeps on running.

How does DaaS help?

32%
Improvement in business continuity and availability

31%
Increase in employee productivity

(source: ESG)

03

Empowering remote workers

Using DaaS for remote work isn’t only good for business operations, it’s also a great user experience. Employees get a full Windows desktop and app experience without using VPNs, IT setup or installing software. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Standard for Azure enables IT to deliver customized app and desktop experiences for everyone. From a single solution, IT can securely deliver Microsoft 365 services, Office apps, resource intensive graphics apps, data demanding engineering services, and simple task worker Windows desktops, empowering employees to do their best work.

The consensus is out, people like working from home.

Prefer to say remote most of the time

60%
Report being more productive when working remote.

(source: New York Times)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Standard for Azure allows your organization to:

  • Simplify business operations and processes

  • Seamlessly operate during unplanned adversity

  • Support a secure remote workforce

  • Benefit from significant cost savings

04

Manage cash flow and IT spend

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Standard for Azure uses a tiered subscription pricing model, available in the Azure Marketplace as a single bill for all Microsoft and third-party solutions. CIOs and finance departments like that they can reduce unnecessary hardware and software CapEx expenses and shift IT expenses to OpEx. As your workforce expands and contracts, subscriptions scale on-demand without costly over/under provisioning.

How does DaaS help the bottom line?

DaaS reduces annual hardware CapEx spending by 56%.

(source: IDC)

05

Embracing an on-demand workforce

Covid-19 shined the light on the gig economy and moved contract-based hiring to the mainstream. Hiring managers are battling for in-demand skills and filling specific gaps with independent contact talent. IT can use Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Standard for Azure to securely provision project specific application toolsets and Microsoft 365 apps on-demand to independent professionals for the duration of their contract.

Hiring managers agree, on-demand talent is critical for success.

73%
Will increase project engagements with independent professionals

49%
Say skill-gaps are a top driver for hiring independent professionals

(source: Upwork)

06

Secure everything, trust nothing

With a dispersed workforce, location independence, and personal devices accessing company resources, security is paramount. With Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Standard for Azure, all sensitive information–files, data, apps, passwords–is kept off devices because it runs in a secure virtual environment in Azure. It also helps your business achieve GDPR compliance and other data privacy regulations by tapping into more than 90 Azure compliance certifications.

Reduce complexity. Increase compliance.

79%
Believe alternative desktop OS models like DaaS are more secure than traditional models.

39%
Say keeping sensitive data off devices is a top benefit of DaaS

(source: ESG)

Transform your business, your IT and your workforce with Citrix and Microsoft.