The following is a guest post by Walter Van Uytven, CEO of Awingu, a developer of online workspace aggregator software that simplifies enterprise mobility and liberates legacy applications.
Consumerization is changing the way we do IT as the line grows thinner between consumer and business IT products. Today, it is common to use mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets for personal use alongside business activities, such as checking business agendas or preparing a presentation. Whether this is defined as BYOD, BYOPC or CYOD, employees are increasingly using multiple devices of their choice for work and play, while companies leverage this mobility trend to increase productivity and control costs by adopting cloud into their IT strategy.
"The Cloud" has opened the door to more efficient ways of working and consuming IT resources. However, many companies still rely on business-critical applications that are custom built and developed to run on-premises. For many, this is often the showstopper in making the transition to the cloud since modifying or replacing legacy applications is costly and time-intensive. Helping to bridge this gap is a new software technology called workspace aggregators. For example, Awingu, a unified cloud platform solution, can aggregate all company files and applications – even legacy applications like AS400, SAP, JDA or Microsoft Navision – into one online workspace and allow instant and secure access from anywhere in the world using an HTML5 browser.
According to the Gartner Market Guide for Workspace Aggregators issued in January 2014, workspace aggregator technologies will enable organizations to embrace consumerization without compromising manageability: "Many IT teams and end users envision a unified workspace of PC, web and mobile applications available across multiple devices. Workspace aggregators are products that enable IT to control and orchestrate the delivery of PC, web, and mobile applications and data in a managed, secure and context-aware manner to PCs, tablets and smartphones." The report also predicts that by 2017, one out of seven enterprises will have deployed an online workspace aggregator solution.
Awingu and Azure: Bringing Services to the Cloud
Together, Awingu and Microsoft Azure offer a fast, easy and cost-effective way to go to market using the cloud. Awingu is available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace and can be deployed in a matter of minutes. It works "out of the box" and integrates seamlessly with Microsoft platform services such as Office 365. Awingu is also one of the first mobility players to move away from the traditional VDI approach: No agent or VPN software installation is required, and collaboration and real-time editing can be done simply by sharing a URL.
Steven Guggenheimer, CVP and Chief Evangelist at Microsoft says, "Awingu is one of the tools that help enable an easy, fast and smooth way for businesses to transition into a Mobile-First and Cloud-First world."
To learn more about how Awingu is helping to mobilize legacy applications or to request a free product trial, please visit www.awingu.com.