Wipro: How to keep workers productive in a BYOD world
16 September 2013 | Vinay Bhatia, Solution Architect, Wipro Technologies The PC industry is undergoing a major shift as more and more people adopt tablets and other portable devices. This trend has created a need for a tablet-friendly operating system. Windows 8, which is tablet- and touch-friendly, is well positioned to address the shift. As a solution architect leading Center of Excellence initiatives at Wipro, I work with organizations to define the Windows 8 adoption and custom applications migration strategy. Enterprise and government users can take advantage of a number of Windows 8 features and user scenarios enabling productivity whether at the office, home, or on the go. Here are three key advantages I see with Windows 8.
Security & compliance
- Windows 8 desktops, laptops, and tablets that have the Pro and Enterprise editions can be joined to the Active Directory domain. The group polices set in the Active Directory will apply, thereby enhancing security, and enabling centralized management.
- Windows To Go enables users to work on personal devices at home in a secure environment, without retaining job-related data on those devices. This mitigates risk of data exposure, a risk faced by organizations that allow Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).
- Windows 8 apps run in a sandboxed environment with apps having to declare appropriate capability. App Sandboxing increases application security and user privacy via isolation of apps and controlling programmatic access to user’s resources such as folder libraries and webcam.
- Windows Defender provides free built-in antivirus and malware protection.
Centralized backup management
- The Folder Redirection facility allows the Documents folder, generally stored on a local drive, to be redirected to a network location. Users can access files from any computer on the network, and it also allows for centralized back up of documents.
- Users love the experience of faster startup and shutdown times.
- Windows 8 provides a uniform user experience across devices by automatically transitioning application data thanks to its roaming application data feature.
- Windows 8 is optimized for touch and offers a new experience for traditional mouse-and-keyboard users.
My team and I have been using Windows 8 for over a year now, and all our intranet sites work smoothly on IE10 and IE11 browsers that come with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 respectively. We are currently building a suite of Windows 8 apps, including Wipro’s Windows 8 Content Delivery Framework (CDF).
An increasing number of organizations are showing interest in the new OS. Organizations using Windows XP, who had originally planned to upgrade to Windows 7, are opting to upgrade to Windows 8 instead. Many organizations are conducting pilot tests to check if traditional Windows 7 apps are compatible with Windows 8. The results thus far have been encouraging.
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Solution Architect, Wipro Technologies