How can cloud workstations increase productivity?


Andy KnaufMead & Hunt has always had big goals for growth and profitability. To meet these goals, we needed to be able to work from anywhere a project takes us. Even before the pandemic, physical workstations were just not cutting it. We knew we needed to completely overhaul our IT infrastructure.

After much trial-and-error, we landed on a solution called Workspot that used a different approach: cloud-native Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS). DaaS is a form of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) which is outsourced and handled by a third party, so it is supplied complete and ready to operate. This solution has had significant benefits for our firm, especially as we have navigated the challenges of this past year.

These benefits include:

Performance is just as good, if not better than physical workstations. There can be absolutely no compromises on performance for our power users, and Workspot provides a great experience for them.

Virtual workstations can be deployed on demand in an any almost any region world-wide, without a need for a dedicated office. Our employees can be creative and productive from anywhere. We can hire people based on talent, without being limited by their geographic location. Not only does this help support our ambitious growth goals, but it also proved invaluable this past year as we shifted almost 900 people to working remotely over the course of a few days.

Disaster preparedness is supported. If an office experienced a disaster, we would be able to get another on up and running with very little time and effort.

Unlike the other solutions we evaluated, there were no upfront capital expenses, and there was no infrastructure to maintain. This resulted in significant cost savings for us as a firm. After crunching some numbers, we realized that implementing cloud workstations would save our firm thousands of dollars.

IT is simplified, and resources can be reallocated to high-value projects. This ultimately supports both our team and the growth of our firm.

Through our adoption of this technology, we have been able to keep up with our ambitious growth goals, even throughout this past year. We have been able to transition seamlessly to almost 100% remote growth with no decrease in productivity. Our network is better protected, and we’ve been able to improve our disaster preparedness. I am co-hosting a webinar on this topic on Thursday, February 18th, 2021 if you are interested in learning more. Hope to see you there.


Andy Knauf

About the Author

As Mead & Hunt’s CIO, Andy Knauf’s primary responsibility is securely connecting Mead & Hunt professionals with each other and our clients. As head of the Information Technology Department, he stays on top of the latest information sharing, asset management, design and communication technologies.

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