What is end user computing, and why is it important?

End-user computing (EUC) refers to technologies that enable end users to become more productive and perform their work more efficiently regardless of geographical location. EUC was delivered through monolithic information centers back in the 1990s. Today, it is more often delivered through a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that hosts applications and desktops via a central server. This article discusses the services, types, use cases, and benefits of EUC, and how it is expected to look in the future.

End-user computing services

Like other forms of computing, the three main components of EUC are computer hardware, software, and networks. With the bring your own device (BYOD) trend and more organizations recognizing the need to provide access to all kinds of endpoint devices, products and services geared for EUC have become more varied. Some examples include:

End-user computing use cases

While there are many use cases for end-user computing, it is particularly suited to:

End-user computing types

End-user computing covers all user-facing resources such as:

Aside from the above, EUC covers the technologies used to manage the above user-facing resources, including:

End-user computing benefits

With end-user computing, your organization can benefit from:

End-user computing in the future

Despite its long history, EUC started becoming more popular as mobile devices became increasingly more powerful, mimicking the capabilities of traditional computers. Other innovations such as cloud computing and desktop virtualization and the BYOD movement also drove the growth of EUC.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, some organizations were already allowing interested employees to work from home. The transition to remote work sped up with the pandemic, as it became the only viable option then. As the pandemic subsides, the trend is not expected to abate soon, as some organizations are thinking of retaining remote work, or some form of it, for their employees. Thus, EUC is expected to continue growing in the years to come.

In response to the continued growth of EUC, there will be more technologies geared towards advancing EUC use. Microsoft’s release of LAMBDA, which enables users to define new Microsoft Excel functions using Excel’s own programming language, is a case in point. It is imperative that developers consider the success factors for EUC technologies to fulfill the promise of these applications.

Why choose Parallels RAS as your end-user computing solution?

If you are looking for a comprehensive and easy-to-use solution for end-user computing, look no further than Parallels® RAS. Your users are provided with a centralized, unified workspace with Parallels RAS. With this workspace, your users have access to access all the applications and data they need, from any device or location.

Parallels RAS is incredibly scalable, so it can easily accommodate your future growth. And because it is available as a cloud service or on-premises solution, you can choose the deployment option that best suits your needs.

So why choose Parallels RAS as your end-user computing solution? Here are just a few reasons:

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