Business and IT are entering an inverted world, where technical innovation does not come from enterprise IT but from the consumer, where mobility is central and the desktop is optional, and where standardization must give way to flexibility and innovation. The transition to this new model for client computing coincides with another major change, the end-of-life of the most successful operating system of all time, Windows XP. There is no question that these changes will be deeply disruptive; however, great change also brings great opportunity. The opportunity to reinvent and recreate the client computing environment to support a fast changing business world are almost without precedent and must not be squandered.
Central to this transition is the creation of the Virtual Workspace: a new personal computing environment that combines yesterday’s physical desktop with the tablet, smart phone, and cloud services of today and tomorrow. The Virtual Workspace is not tied to a single device; instead it is a means of merging consumer-led innovation with the enterprise-class services needed to ensure not just that individual employee productivity needs are met, but that this is achieved without compromising end-to-end system security.
This paper reviews the key business drivers and technologies that are coming together to create the Virtual Workspace that will be at the heart of tomorrow’s client computing environment.
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