Windows Virtual Desktop opens up remote working for Bates Smart

At a time when successful remote worker enablement was crucial for Bates Smart, Olikka provided a thorough and seamless approach to our Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop journey.

Challenge

About Bates Smart

BatesSmart is an award-winning architecture firm delivering beautiful building design, interior design, urban design and strategic services across Australia and the world.

Problem

Bates Smart had been considering deploying a scalable cloud-based virtual apps and desktop solution. Traditionally, staff were leveraging physical workstations to perform their daily duties, including working on graphics-intensive applications. Due to COVID-19, Bates Smart had an urgent requirement to prioritise a proof of concept (PoC) to determine the feasibility of moving to a low-touch, scalable virtual desktop solution. Bates Smart also wanted to gain a greater understanding of the real running costs of a solution before deployment to the broader business.

"At a time when successful remote worker enablement was crucial for Bates Smart, Olikka provided a thorough and seamless approach to our Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop journey. Through deep technical expertise, Olikka has provided a scalable and secure solution that saves my team time and offers users a streamlined experience. "

Ben Williams
Associate Director | Head of IT
Bates Smart

Outcome

Solution

In response to COVID-19 Olikka were able to assist Bates Smart promptly to assess alternate remote working solutions for a mix of general workers and graphics designers. Olikka delivered the solution within a month to meet the urgent requirement.

Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) provides Bates Smart with a scalable, secure desktop and app virtualisation service. WVD simplifies management requirements and provides the option of multi-session Windows 10 to reduce per-user costs, Windows 7 virtual desktops with free Extended Security Updates and optimisations for Office 365 ProPlus using FSLogix.

Bates Smart is primarily a design company and used the project to assess GPU virtual desktops as a remote working option for graphic designers.


"The flexibility and scalability offered by WVD, along with the seamless integration with security tools such as Azure MFA, is a tremendous benefit for us."

Ben Williams
Associate Director | Head of IT
Bates Smart

Benefits

Bates Smart is starting to realise the benefits of Windows Virtual Desktop. Olikka has improved users ability to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and with a base subset of applications being available, Bates Smart now has a significant portion of their workforce able to work remotely.

In addition to providing remote working options for general users, the deployment allowed Bates Smart to assess GPU virtual desktops as a remote working option for graphic designers, without committing to purchasing of hardware.

Security is always a vital aspect of any Olikka engagement, and Windows Virtual Desktop is no exception. Olikka enforced multi-factor authentication and applied an additional security measure to maintain a secure environment.


"We were able to remotely onboard a new staff member at zero notice by simply getting them to remote onto the Windows Virtual Desktop with their newly created login account. This was a huge time saver and much appreciated by the team."

Ben Williams
Associate Director | Head of IT
Bates Smart

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