The world of desktop computing is ripe for change as traditional computing infrastructures no longer have the flexibility and capabilities to handle the demands of today’s mobile work force. IT departments are burdened with the complexity and cost of maintaining and securing mobile devices, and are beginning to implement BYOD policies to help manage these challenges. According to a recent survey conducted by NaviSite, 80 percent of respondents agree that BYOD is the “new normal,” yet surprisingly, only 45 percent have a formal BYOD policy in their workplace. While this discrepancy is a culmination of factors, the greatest deterrent to adopting a BYOD policy is security; 68 percent of respondents said they were very concerned or extremely concerned when thinking about securing enterprise data on employee mobile devices. So how can IT departments work to ease this fear and mitigate the security risks and challenges of BYOD? Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) is emerging as a leading solution to tackle the challenges of BYOD.

Today’s ever-connected mobile workforce is driving the need for companies to enable secure and controllable access – anywhere, anytime – to the tools, data, and resources necessary to maintain enterprise-class performance. DaaS provides a flexible, scalable and cost effective way for IT executives to address the demands of BYOD head on.  But DaaS isn’t just for managing BYOD. Over one-third of the IT decision makers surveyed said the primary motivator for adopting Desktop-as a-Service solutions is to simplify desktop management. DaaS is a simplified way IT departments manage control of corporate information by centralizing and separating sensitive data from user devices— regardless of where the user and device are. As a result, DaaS creates a secure and scalable environment where businesses can add, remove or modify desktops as needed without compromising data security and resource availability. This type of simplified solution presents a variety of options to adapt performance and functionality to better suit business needs. With the growth of mobile and workforce demand, DaaS can be a vital tool to ensure business continuity and growth.

While Desktop-as- a-Service is quickly becoming the go to solution for handling BYOD concerns and challenges, there are still a good proportion of businesses that are not considering this optimal alternative. A shocking 51 percent of survey respondents said that their organization is not considering DaaS to enable full desktop experience and accessibility for their workforce.  Cloud-hosted desktop solutions like DaaS can have a substantial impact on business operations in adapting to evolving needs.  This type of flexibility enables IT to deliver on both short-term and long-term projects – without compromising data security – allowing them to focus their efforts on driving business growth instead of desktop deployment.