The technology landscape within enterprise is rapidly changing with increasing proliferation of mobile devices. This is causing drastic changes in the working habits of employees. According to IDC’s US Mobile Worker Forecast, mobile workers in US will account for nearly three quarters by 2020. The trend is already becoming evident with more than 35 million Americans doing some or all of their work from home in 2014.

This means enterprise IT must be able to accommodate the changing work habits of employees. Employees need access to information stored in enterprise networks to work effectively, efficiently at all times. How is the enterprise geared up to serve this need?

Various studies have found virtualizing the IT environment—desktop and applications—will help deliver services to the demands of new- age employees in a secure and cost-effective manner. An IDC whitepaper titled “Driving business value desktop virtualization” says virtualization increases efficiency of IT by 83% as it enables IT to automate and centralize desktop management. IT spends less time in doing routine maintenance jobs, allowing time to focus on creating more value for the enterprise.

Virtualization enables you to extend the usability of legacy application by eliminating the complications of supporting them. In a study conducted by Net Applications in October 2015, 60% of surveyed respondents used virtualization to extend the longevity of legacy applications.

Virtualization also enables enhanced enterprise security. Storing sensitive business data on employee devices increases enterprise vulnerability. But virtualizing your apps and desktops will help you keep data secure in the datacentre, so you don’t have to worry about lost or stolen devices. This threat is significant considering an average employees carry 2.3 devices to the workplace, according to a Sophos Survey in January 2013.