The State of the Digital Workspace

The rise of simple and secure digital workspace technology enables new levels of innovation and competitiveness. But how are global companies managing this transformation? In 2016, VMware surveyed 1,200 CIOs, decision makers, and IT professionals to find out.


What We Found

Business gains outstrip operational and financial gains


53% of respondents saw improvements in mobile workforce effectiveness thanks to digital workspace initiatives.


Also saw increased user satisfaction among IT.

Costs drop significantly as businesses embrace the digital workspace

41% of IT and business decision-makers saw improvements in total management costs by implementing digital workspace efforts, compared with 30% of peers who did not.


48%of companies that execute digital workspace initiatives see faster delivery of new revenue streams


More initiatives translate to stronger operational and development improvements

Organizations executing 10+ business mobility initiatives saw greater improvements compared to those executing fewer than 5 initiatives.


45% expect the digital workspace to reduce security risks

Identity management tools in the digital workspace enable secure mobile access to apps and resources


45% of digital transformations driven by a strategic program

A company-wide push to reimagine business processes and deploy digital workspace technology is the most common driver for digital transformation.


37% say identity management software becoming a necessity

While security and management tools lead the way at 45%, identity management software is seen by 37% as essential in creating a digital workspace platform.


Embracing the digital workspace drives increased ROI

Businesses that successfully implemented initiatives saw ROI of 200% vs 100% for businesses with no initiatives


42%look to the digital workspace to improve business outcomes

51% saw improvements in visibility and control over mobile users, devices, and applications.


More companies are now digital enterprises

Businesses in the technology sector are most likely to call themselves digital enterprises (89%), but the public sector is hot on their heels at 54%, with many more public sector companies planning to embrace digital technologies.


Within 15 minutes, we were able to provide a nurse with a new fully configured device after wiping a lost device with protected health information.

- Alexis Petersen, Senior Cellular Analyst, Intermountain Health


Learn More About the Digital Workspace

Organizations understand that traditional approaches to application delivery and IT management are no longer sufficient in a digital world. To remain competitive, generate new revenue, and streamline processes, companies are increasingly turning to digital workspace technologies to transform their operations.

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