Last week I sat for the first time this year in an overheated meeting room with 14 colleagues and one sick individual whom, after initial sympathies, we all silently resented. To protect the innocent, I will refrain from naming names but as I sit here still sneezing from my brush with Patient Zero’s cold, the challenge of another cough, cold and COVID winter season ahead feels all the more real.

In our post-pandemic world, there are very few mandatory meetings I have in my diary that require my physical presence and I am fortunate my work allows me the flexibility to work from home the majority of my time and choose when I travel. But despite the game changer that remote working was during the global pandemic, a lot of organisations are trending back to the ‘real work is done in an office’ pre-Corona default. This mentality, coupled with working for multiple clients and having to drag around each client’s device that they have sent me (as well as all the charger cables too!) is a real pain in more ways than one!

Remote working – the seasonal default?  

As we face into another winter of coughs, colds and sneezes, the inevitable rising sickness absence rates, travel delays, sadly another rising tide of COVID positive tests and the surge in Strep and other viruses, I ask myself if remote working should actually be the seasonal default.

We are currently working with a large retail bank to make the default for their entire operation remote working, a sentence I could not have conceived of pre-2020. To move to a majority remote model is a challenge some IT teams would back away from, as often the complexity of those legacy, on prem, custom built, highly confidential or bespoke solutions within or architecture feels like a step too far. This financial provider had every one of those challenges and the complex architecture seemed unsurmountable, but with an aging existing remote access solution we had a burning platform to make change.

Migrating a 1000 strong team to remote working  

In 2021, a third-party team of technical advisors had selected Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop as the most cost effective and flexible solution, created a proposal and then stalled in delivery when they faced into the reality of the legacy estate and security restrictions needed in a finance provider. Valcon took over that delivery in late 2021 and a year on with the help of a packaging solution and the experience of our team we have now migrated over 1000 users from the previous access solution and trained a BAU-team to support wider roll out.

The Microsoft AVD solution enables the bank’s respective teams from across the world access to the systems needed to fulfil their roles without the need of expensive shipping of laptops. It allows access to systems within 24 hours of access being granted by the bank, to anyone, anywhere covering both legacy and cloud estate (full-service solution) and as it scales the economics get increasingly advantageous. AVDs primary competitor (a name I know you will all be familiar with) sits at a much higher price point for a solution which poses the question – why not consider AVD?

The result for this client will be a full-service solution that scales with greater saving to the business and most importantly protects their business from the coughs and sneezes that winter has in store.

If you’d like to know more about our work with AVD, reach out to us at [email protected]