In further education, digitization is the outstanding driver of change. The digital transformation of business processes in companies leads to a high need for learning and change, which need to be flanked by further education measures.
At the same time, digitization is an opportunity and a challenge for the education sector itself. As a service provider, educational companies face the challenge of developing digital education products and providing businesses with professional support in digitization.
The training companies in the “Federal Association of company-based further training” (http://www.wkr-ev.de/) anticipate that digitally supported education services will be under much higher demand in the future. The spectrum extends to virtual classrooms, where learning and exchange are organized independently of location. More than 80% expect an increase of personally mentored virtual classrooms in the future
Learning is increasingly taking place while working and within the working environment. Thus, 74% of all training companies expect the number of in-house seminars to increase.
One-third of providers also expect to be able to achieve higher prices for company-internal seminars in the coming year.
On the other hand, the cost increases in the areas of IT and administrative operations put an extra burden on the training industry.
In order to meet customer requirements and expectations, virtual IT infrastructures are available. Especially with virtual desktop infrastructures, the balancing act between flexibility and location independence on the one hand and cost reduction, on the other hand, can be mastered.
Instead of traditional physical desktops, the new setup with virtual desktop infrastructure uses centralized virtual machines which are either located in the own data center or at a trusted cloud provider. These virtual desktops can now be accessed flexibly from anywhere and with almost any device. Since the computing power now takes place in the data center, the hardware requirements for the client terminals are conceivably low.
By integrating with the company networks, existing software distribution and management tools can be fully integrated and used further.
Centralized management of all training workspaces not only saves huge administrative costs but also provides flexibility that would not have been possible in distributed infrastructures (e.g., multiple training centers).
Unlike Terminals Services, VDI based Workspaces offer more right and opportunities to both, the training participants and the instructors. For example, trainers themselves can set up, modify, redistribute and then reset training images after completing training. Students can, if the content of the training requires it, independently install software or apps and restart their virtual desktop. All without the involvement of the IT department of the education company.
Since the use of solutions like Desktop-as-a-Service from a Cloud or Managed Service Provider can usually be increased and decreased dynamically, they can also be used to achieve a real pay-as-you-go solution to optimized cash flow and margin.
Virtual desktop infrastructures are great tools to support digitally supported education services. It allows education companies to increase the number of training and therefore revenue. At the same time IT costs can be reduced drastically and made more calculable.
However, the biggest advantages are the much greater flexibility and the new opportunities that virtualization has made possible. They open up completely new possibilities of educational concepts to education companies, independently from location and