End-user computing is a big market, and it’s growing each day. Essentially, it’s any device people use to interact with their software applications. These include phones, laptops, desktops, tablets, and wearables. The primary components of end-user computing are the applications, hardware, operating system, and network infrastructure required to support a user’s computing needs. Traditionally, IT departments manage these components. Today, however, people use their own machines and buy applications from app stores to complete enterprise tasks. This trend is called Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). And it’s forcing companies to adopt new ways of thinking about end-user computing. What Is End-User Computing? End-user computing (EUC) refers to technologies and practices that allow users to access and interact with enterprise applications from virtually any device, both inside and outside an organization’s network. By reducing or eliminating dependence on central IT departments for software updates, EUC increases a company’s flexibility regarding when and where employees can access information. The term was recently associated with cloud-based solutions as opposed to older client/server models. With end-user computing, we can:
- Help children learn how to write by making math fun through game-like experiences
- Help elderly parents navigate life by giving them access to some basic information and running errands for them
- Aid disabled loved ones with daily tasks like connecting with friends and family. Further, taking care of errands they could not complete themselves.
- It allows employees to access programs from any computer, regardless of location or time zone. End-user computing helps increase employee productivity by allowing them to work from home or on vacation—wherever they are most comfortable.
- It also allows businesses to save money on office space, as workers no longer need designated desks at headquarters. With end-user computing, employees can work remotely whenever necessary.
- With EUC, your business can create cloud-based applications that update in real-time and with accessibility from any device with a browser. There’s no need for third-party plugins or add-ons so that users can experience a seamless environment across all devices.
- End-user computing also helps organizations cut costs by eliminating redundant hardware and software license purchases.
- End-user computing manages licenses through a centralized system so that each worker only needs one license per application. For example, there’s no need for every worker to buy their own copy of Microsoft Word.
- Lastly, end-user computing makes it easier for employees to share information. For instance, if an employee sends an email with a file attached to 10 coworkers, those 10 coworkers will all receive a copy of that file without downloading it individually. That means less wasted time and effort spent downloading attachments manually—and more time spent working productively!