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Study VMware : French employees revolve the digital workspace

Published on by Paloma SIGGINI - updated on

Employees with broader access to the applications of their choice and necessary to their work are eight times more likely to see an increase in productivity. What’s more, they spend 14% less time on manual processes. These are the findings of the annual VMware survey conducted in collaboration with Forbes Insights1.

The survey was conducted in September 2017 with 2 158 IS Directors and corporate end users in 16 countries (including 1 107 in ten EMEA countries and 106 in France), and highlights IT managers’ awareness of the performance obtained when employees use digital technologies and applications. These autonomous employees are more likely to state that the applications play a very important role in accelerating their decision-making, as opposed to traditional employees* (65% compared to 43%). (* "Traditional" employees are those who feel that their organization does not provide them with the technologies they need to be effective in their work.)

This autonomy has a direct impact on company performance: most of the IS Directors surveyed (89%) believe that revenues can be grown by 5% over three years by offering employees more professional freedom. This beneficial approach to collaborative work (up 12 points with respect to the traditional approach) also involves letting employees use their own professional tools (one out of five professional applications has been introduced in the company by the employees themselves2).

The migration of powerful technologies into the hands of employees has revolutionised the professional world. Applications now occupy a critical place in the daily life of employees, and have become essential to enable them to work smarter," explains Karim Djamai, Mobility Director, VMware France. “At a time when organisations are trying to set themselves apart by using new technologies, the ability to provide employees with information where they need it stimulated by demand for applications, as well as the existence of a culture based on trust, accessibility and collaboration will be essential parameters to ensure employees are as committed and productive as possible.

The need for a culture change

For the digital transformation to have a real impact, the business culture has to be a combination of employee initiatives and the trust of their managers. This requires companies to provide a variety of applications (knowledge sharing, collaboration, project management, etc.).
The study stresses that in France, the most autonomous employees are twice as likely to consider their employers as digital transformation leaders (45% vs 21%). And most of this population feels that their company has become a more pleasant place to work (55% vs 14%).
« Professional applications and productivity solutions let employees do more, and take decisions based on the quality resources available to them," continues Karim Djamai. “The ability to access an application from any device makes a real difference in performance.Although solutions focused on professional needs have become the norm, companies now need to be open to applications adapted most of all to their employees needs and that transform their day-to-day activities. »

To continue the discussion, VMware will be at ROOMn from 6 to 8 March in Monaco. We will present a workshop on the digital transformation with client testimonials and demos on the following topics:

  • From MDM to the digital workspace
  • From the single workstation to a multi-terminal and multi-OS experience
  • From traditional management to the modernisation of the PC with Windows 10
  • From the traditional workstation to DaaS in the Cloud

A luncheon will also consider the question: How can applications improve employee and company performance?

The entire mobility team looks forward to seeing you there.

1The Impact of the Digital Workforce: A New Equilibrium of the Digitally Transformed Enterprise, October 2017


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