ESG Brief: Impact of Cloud-first IT on Enterprise Mobility

Abstract:

A cloud-first approach can have economic and operational benefits for businesses, but the policy also comes with responsibilities to protect applications and users. The challenge for IT is to get in front of this cloud-first trend with identity and access management strategies, security processes, and monitoring investments that will embrace cloud consumption models with confidence.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Is Microsoft Losing Its Corporate Browser Edge?

Abstract:

The web browser is perhaps one of the most used but often overlooked applications inside the business. Through the browser, employees access applications, view data, and collaborate, while IT has to secure the environment and ensure an optimal experience. Thus, as ESG researched web browser usage, it was compelling to discover indicators that could put Microsoft at risk and propel Google into the enterprise.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility

ESG Brief: The Challenge of Delivering Secure Workspaces

Abstract:

The central role of the endpoint in cybersecurity attack chains and the spate of ransomware attacks has created a strategic imperative to secure these devices and the users who operate them. Knowledge worker mobility and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies have further complicated endpoint security with virtual workspaces being employed as a location- and device-agnostic secure desktop environment. But in the push and pull of knowledge worker experience and securing their access to and use of corporate assets, which wins out?

Topics: Cybersecurity Enterprise Mobility

ESG Research Report: 2017 IT Spending Intentions Survey

Abstract:

In order to assess IT spending priorities over the next 12-18 months, ESG recently surveyed 641 IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America and Western Europe. All respondents were personally responsible for or familiar with their organizations’ 2016 IT spending as well as their 2017 IT budget and spending plans at either an entire organization level or at a business unit/division/branch level.

Topics: Storage Cybersecurity Data Management & Analytics Data Protection Networking IT Spending Intentions Converged Infrastructure Enterprise Mobility Systems Management Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: VMware: Balancing Costs, Enhancing the Digital Workspace

Abstract:

VMware recently announced its new digital workspace offerings, which include: Just-in-time Management Platform (JMP), providing quick desktop and application provisioning on-premises and in the cloud; Blast with a new adaptive transport, enhancing the digital workspace user experience; Horizon Cloud, a new desktop-as-a-service solution hosted in the IBM Cloud; and Horizon Apps, a new standalone published app offering with enhanced application management capabilities. In addition, the company is looking to accelerate the adoption of VMware Workspace One with the addition of physical workspaces, expand its cloud and platform partner ecosystem, and enhance Windows 10 innovation with Dell EMC.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility

ESG Brief: Login VSI: Mitigating VDI Performance Issues and Enhancing Productivity with Login PI

Abstract:

Being able to look into an organization’s VDI environment in real time can be challenging at best for IT. Without the right type of solution to monitor and manage virtualized environments, user productivity can be compromised due to unforeseen performance and reliability challenges, which can negatively impact the quality of experience. Login VSI’s recent improvements to its workspace management solution, Login PI, are giving organizations across industries an opportunity to mitigate potential issues before they can impact user productivity, resulting in an increase in IT’s ability to achieve and scale VDI implementations with a high degree of confidence.

Topics: Cybersecurity Endpoint & Application Virtualization Private Cloud Infrastructure Networking Enterprise Mobility

ESG Brief: Shining a Light on Shadow IT

Abstract:

The consumerization of IT, fueled by knowledge worker mobility and the prevalence of cloud applications, has created the conditions for line-of-business owners and even individual employees to commission and use business applications not sanctioned by corporate IT groups, a phenomenon commonly referred to as shadow IT. Recent ESG research shows that nearly two-thirds of enterprise organizations are aware of at least a moderate amount of non-IT-sanctioned cloud application usage. This is a trend that ESG believes will continue to grow at a problematic rate.

Topics: Cybersecurity Enterprise Mobility

ESG Brief: Windows 10 Gaining Traction in the Enterprise

Abstract:

The existing footprint of Microsoft operating systems and Windows applications is significant for many organizations, so it’s not surprising that many are either in the middle of or planning on upgrading to Windows 10. What is it about Microsoft’s latest OS that has corporate IT staffs aggressively upgrading company-provided devices?

Topics: Storage Enterprise Mobility

ESG Brief: Convergence Continues to Gain IT Traction

Abstract:

As a means of achieving more end-to-end infrastructure alignment across their virtualized environments, IT organizations are increasingly deploying converged and hyperconverged infrastructure technology. As factory integrated and pre-validated virtualized architecture solutions, converged/hyperconverged technology can help to simplify and speed up infrastructure deployments so that IT organizations can be more responsive to business needs.

Topics: Storage Private Cloud Infrastructure Networking Compute Enterprise Mobility Public Cloud Service

ESG Research Report: Security, Productivity, and Collaboration: Trends in Workforce Mobility

Abstract:

In order to assess the state of corporate endpoint and mobile computing environments, including the types of devices and applications supported, IT policies and procedures related to the usage of these devices and applications, and even the prevalence of or plans for holistic enterprise mobility strategies, ESG surveyed 395 IT decision-makers at midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility