Companies of all sizes depend on Microsoft Office 365 for the apps that make their business work. For IT, this cloud-based solution can increase flexibility, reduce capital costs, and simplify administration. And for users, Office 365 can give users anywhere, anytime access to the core apps they use in their daily jobs while also providing enhanced collaboration and document sync across platforms.
If you considering a move to this powerful suite of apps, you might want to consider something else that can help not only with the migration, but also with ongoing management and more—a secure digital workspace like Citrix Workspace.
For many companies like yours, the migration to Office 365 is often one of the first steps in a digital transformation strategy. A secure digital workspace can help you simplify this initiative with an integrated approach to cloud, mobility, and application delivery requirements, and by addressing some of the common challenges to ensure a smoother transition.
Increasing IT efficiency and reducing complexity
One of the biggest struggles that IT teams face today is supporting hybrid environments. Utilizing a secure digital workspace enables IT to bring the management of on-premises, cloud, web, SaaS and mobile apps into a single administrative experience. A unified control plane lets IT manage and secure every element of Office 365, as well as workspace elements such as virtual apps and desktops, from a single place. This greatly improves visibility and simplifies troubleshooting, helping IT get more done, more easily.
For users, a secure digital workspace makes it incredibly simple to access popular apps like those in Office 365. That’s because a workspace eliminates the need to manage and maintain separate passwords for each app. A workspace gives users instant access through a single interface—and a single password—to the corporate apps they use on a daily basis. No more password post-its. And best of all, no more urgent calls to IT for password resets.
Reducing risk with contextual, people-centric security
Today’s BYOD-centric environments can open potential security vulnerabilities within every organization. But as we all know, it’s a necessary evil if we want to enable users to stay productive from all the places they are working.
Cloud-based apps like Office 365 give users the flexibility to be productive using any device. And by utilizing a secure digital workspace to deploy these apps, you can not only manage them with more efficiency, you can also ensure that the data generated through these apps stays protected—as it’s stored centrally versus on each device. Plus, you can grant or revoke privileges based on usage, device posture or compliance.
Boosting user productivity
Today’s users want the freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere, and with any device. On top of this, they want a consistent experience in the apps they use every day—regardless of what device they are using at that moment. A secure digital workspace provides a single, easy-to-use front end so that users can access any kind of apps, including Office 365, web, SaaS, virtualized, and mobile ones, and get the consistent experience they desire. Plus, because their data and files are stored centrally, they are easily accessible from wherever they are working.
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