Workspace as a Service is a blend of integrated managed services provided to optimize and automate the delivery of applications and data across multiple personalized devices without threatening the security of the data or the device itself.
WaaS is a combination of Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) and application delivery across corporate sub-systems, where DaaS is the public or private cloud distribution of virtual desktops to workers and applications as a service is the cloud delivery of applications to end user devices. Workspace gives end users streamlined access to all of their business applications and data from a single virtual workspace on any device at any geographical location and anytime. Furthermore, it gives IT a scalable, policy-based platform for centrally managing and securing corporate data across moving across devices. WaaS offers IT a user-centric platform on which all applications and corporate information are centrally categorized and then circulated to users based on their requirements.
Proliferation of portable devices in enterprises and dependency of enterprise class applications is driving the need of deployment of workspace solutions in an enterprise. WaaS is instrumental in ensuring seamless transfer of data and persona-centric applications across heterogeneous devices located at geographically diverse locations.
Workspace as a Service vendors are placed into 2 categories based on their performance and reviews in each criterion: “visionary leaders,” and “innovators” companies. Among all the Workspace as a Service vendors, the top 12 have been evaluated, including Wipro Limited, IBM Corporation, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, Atos SE, CSC, Cisco Systems Inc, Infosys Limited, Fujitsu Limited, Global Workspace Alliance, Unisys Corporation and HPE.
Vendors who fall into this category receive high scores for most of the evaluation criteria. They have strong and established product portfolios and a very strong market presence. Wipro Limited, IBM Corporation, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, Atos SE, CSC, Cisco Systems Inc, Infosys Limited, Fujitsu Limited and HPE lead in the WaaS market and are recognized as Visionary Leaders. They have strong portfolios of services such as mobile and desktop virtualization, mobility management, document and data management, backup and disaster recovery, identity and access management, and application lifecycle management and robust business strategies to achieve continued growth in the WaaS market. Most of the vendors have been ranked as Visionary Leaders because they act as pseudo-competitors in the end user outsourcing and virtual desktop infrastructure market.
Innovators in the MicroQuadrant are the vendors who have demonstrated substantial product innovations as compared to their competitors. They have very focused product portfolios. However, they do not have very strong growth strategies for their overall businesses. Global Workspace Alliance and Unisys Corporation are recognized as innovators in Workspace as a service space.