September 27, 2021

OpenFin Workspace: Shaping the Future of Work

It’s no secret: the world of work is changing.

It’s no secret: the world of work is changing.

Key digitization shifts were beginning to take place prior to the events of the past year, but the onset of COVID-19 lit a fire across industries, accelerating the need for enhanced modernization efforts. As employees the world over found themselves displaced from their traditional physical office spaces and thrust into a completely digital workplace, the shortcomings and damaging repercussions of traditional operating systems and legacy technologies were made even more apparent.

With employees spending a vast majority of time at their desktops before the pandemic, WFH only cemented this reality. Relegating many to working solely from their unoptimized laptops, user’s screen real estate significantly diminished. This has led to cluttered desktops, disjointed communication and disordered workflows across enterprises, resulting in mounting irritation and dissatisfaction on the part of end-users.

Along those same lines, the pandemic has also brought to light a dramatic change in workplace power dynamics that has been subtly occurring over the course of the past few years. In this new working world in which flexibility has become a priority and work-from-anywhere an expectation, employees undoubtedly hold the upper hand. Data from Slack reveals only 12% of knowledge workers intend to return to working from a physical office, while 72% want a hybrid combination of office and remote work.

The writing is on the wall—if associates are not given the engaging tools they need to effectively consume data, execute mission-critical processes and reach their work objectives, they will certainly seek out an employer who will.

Move Fast, Even in the Face of Uncertainty

Long before the events of the past year, we recognized the need for enterprises to have flexible technologies equipped to natively handle a wide range of use cases.

Designed to grow and adapt to the ever-evolving needs of firms and organizations, we built OpenFin Workspace with the intention of resolving many of the long-standing issues with legacy operating systems and technologies. With the “new normal” upending the traditional workplace, Workspace offers a new way to work, powered by an extensive set of tools designed to increase productivity and deliver exceptional employee experiences.

No matter what the future of work holds, companies need a solution that will enable them to be ready, come what may. Built for the future of work, Workspace fortifies enterprises against disruption, increasing organizational agility and empowering employees to remain dynamic, even in the face of uncertainty.

Purpose-Built to Meet Tomorrow’s Challenges, Today
Enabling end users to take control of their desktop via a single comprehensive interface, Workspace was designed with screen portability in mind. Even with limited desktop real estate, users can effectively manage their applications via OpenFin Home, a simple yet powerful tool designed to launch everything as painlessly as possible. No longer having to frantically root around their desktops to find what they need, users spend less time sidetracked by the frustrating process of searching for apps and information so they can focus their energy on what matters.

In today’s digital work environment—the success of which, as established, is heavily reliant on employee satisfaction—an enterprise’s measure of productivity must encompass more than just the narrow view of users’ ability to accomplish tasks. In contemplating the question of how to modernize the desktop to meet the needs of a changing workforce demographic, we identified that keeping employees engaged is paramount. Spending a large part of their time in this new digital workplace, employees need a digital operating system environment that not only works for them, but that they actually enjoy spending time being immersed in.

Meeting these issues head on, OpenFin Browser was designed to keep users focused and organized by enabling unparalleled control over the numerous apps, data flows and tasks they rely on to get work done. Likewise, users can quickly configure complex, multi-monitor setups or choose from pre-made templates optimized just for them, enabling them to curate a personalized space. Workspaces’ Notification Center only further adds to the creation of an ideal user experience, simplifying the desktop by bringing notifications across apps, tasks and workspaces into a single, customizable center. These notifications are also highly configurable, letting employees easily mute them when needing to focus distraction free.

To further enhance productivity, we designed Workspace Integrations to make hectic workflows become a thing of the past, replaced instead with seamless connection to the tools and communication channels employees need to tackle tasks of any size.

Despite the critical and obvious need for modernized operating systems, many organizations continue to cling to outdated processes and technologies, with still others continuing to seek the optimal solution to suit their individualized needs. With employees’ expectations high, organizations must act swiftly to ensure their future. The road ahead is daunting, but with Workspace, enterprises can keep pace with today’s rapidly changing work environment and deliver for their employees … no matter where they are.

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