The future of work is evolving at a rapid pace, and flexibility is at the forefront of the change. We\u2019re talking about the ability to work anywhere, anytime, and from any device because technology enables a secure, integrated, and efficient way to work\u2014not simply because company policy allows for flexibility in schedule or location.\nTrue flexibility enables collaboration, removes workflow roadblocks, and transforms how we interact with our physical environments, both in-office and elsewhere. The result is a seamless, intuitive way to work that increases productivity and engagement without compromise.\nThe findings from our recent survey with Wakefield Research confirm this reality: while about a quarter (27%) of office professionals without a flexible work environment are concerned that implementing one would decrease productivity, half of those (50%) who do work in a flexible work environment note it has increased productivity. In addition, 87% of office professionals whose company has a flexible work environment report their company has experienced positive outcomes from the model.\nSo, why aren\u2019t all businesses eager to jump on board?\nDelivering this kind of flexibility presents a barrier of new security and management challenges that many employers aren\u2019t equipped to scale. They need new strategies to secure and manage their technology infrastructure, meet employee expectations, and remain competitive. When the right technology is in place, flexible work environments don\u2019t just succeed\u2014they thrive.\nThat\u2019s where cloud-based apps come in.\nWhile the benefits of the embracing a hybrid cloud environment for your business drives positive outcomes for your organization, it can be a daunting task of knowing where to start.\nHere are some key steps\/considerations to take as you begin your journey to the cloud:\n\nCreate a strategy that spans traditional desktop applications, Web\/SaaS applications, and mobile applications. Your end-users want to focus on tasks, not just technology.\u00a0 How you leverage single sign-on and multi-factor authorization are key to ease of use, as well as security.\nThink mobile first. All applications are mobile applications. Increasingly, work is done on mobile devices and even traditional \u201cdesktop\u201d applications are being accessed more on laptops and tablets than actual desktop computers.\nModern office workers expect their IT environment to adapt to them. It needs to detect context, learn preferences, and push the most critical tasks to the forefront.\nDelivering applications from the cloud increases your IT agility and helps ensure that they can be accessed from the office, as well as on the road.\nLook for solutions that do not lock your applications to a single infrastructure provider.\u00a0 You want the freedom to choose between Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) providers or to use hybrid cloud environments that leverage existing investments.