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Digital workspaces embody end-user computing evolution
This article is part of the Modern Mobility issue of July/August 2016 issue, Volume 2, Issue 7
The term "workspace" may sound like yet another new marketing buzzword, but the concept of workspaces is actually a result of the culmination of years of end-user computing progress. To understand the digital workspace concept, it helps to look back a decade or two. For years, the Windows desktop acted as a standardized bucket that held almost everything IT needed to deliver to users. It provided the hardware, the user interface, the app launcher, app integration, data, the security container, the configuration container and identity. IT got very good at dealing with Windows using traditional client management technology. Why digital workspaces? Today, users have software as a service (SaaS), web apps, mobile devices, mobile apps, Macs, enterprise file sync-and-share (EFSS), and app stores in addition to their Windows applications and desktops. As a result, their applications, data and settings are all over the place. Fortunately, the products to deal with these newer technologies have matured rapidly. Enterprise mobility ...
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