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Enhancing End User Experience: A Comprehensive Guide 

Guide to Elevating End User Experience: In-Depth Advice

The importance of end user experience can’t be overstated. Businesses that prioritize and invest in enhancing end user experience stand to gain not only the loyalty of their users but also a competitive edge in today’s digital landscape.

The A – Z of End User Experience  

    • What is end user experience? When we talk about end user experience in the context of IT operations, we’re referring to the performance of IT resources from the perspective of an end user. How do your employees experience the digital workplace provided to them? How do they experience the end-user device (e.g., laptop, tablet, mobile), applications, and everything in between?
    • What is end-user experience monitoring (EUEM)?: Another term you’ll no doubt come across in the world of end user experience is end-user experience monitoring (EUEM). This refers to monitoring the performance of IT resources from the end user’s perspective and focuses on quantifying that end user’s experience.
    • What is end-user computing (EUC)?: To stay aware of end user experience and monitor the performance of resources, IT teams turn to end-user computing (EUC). This term refers to technologies that IT professionals use to deploy, manage and secure the devices, applications, and data that form the digital workplace employees experience.
    • Where does digital employee experience (DEX) fit in?: EUC technologies are a key contributor to digital employee experience (DEX). Providing end users with great DEX positively impacts several aspects of a business, influencing productivity, satisfaction, cost-effectiveness, and more. As highlighted in the Forrester Tech Tide™: End-User Computing, Q1 2023, “Organizations increasingly see EUC as more than a simple necessity but as the conduit to a strong digital employee experience (DEX) and a strategic competitive differentiator in the battle for talent.” 

Why does end user experience matter?  

Providing an exceptional end user experience is paramount in modern IT operations. It goes beyond mere functionality; it directly influences productivity, user satisfaction, and overall business success. 

Let’s consider some of the key business areas impacted by end user experience and the benefits of enhancing this area of IT ops. 

  • Productivity: A seamless end user experience directly impacts productivity. Facing regular digital friction in a digital-led workplace hinders employee productivity and effectiveness. 49% of employees say they lose between one and five hours of productivity each week dealing with IT issues.When systems, applications, or digital tools are intuitive, responsive, and user-friendly, individuals can navigate and utilize them efficiently, improving productivity. Employees spend less time troubleshooting or adapting to complex interfaces, allowing them to focus on their core tasks, thereby increasing overall operational efficiency.
  • User satisfaction and retention: Poor end user experience can lead to frustration, dissatisfaction, and, ultimately, users seeking alternative solutions or services. According to research, 52% of employees say poor experiences with applications and digital services they use for work make them more inclined to leave.By prioritizing a smooth and satisfying EUE, businesses can bolster user loyalty and retention, nurturing long-term relationships.
  • Reduced IT costs: Organizations that focus on enhancing end user experience will benefit from reduced IT costs. When systems are user-friendly and intuitive, there is a decrease in the volume of support tickets and user-related issues. This results in lower support overheads, allowing IT teams to allocate their resources more strategically towards innovation and improvement rather than constantly addressing user grievances.

How can I enhance end user experience? 

End user experience is fast moving from a “nice to have” that’s tough to justify in today’s budget-constrained economy, to an essential component of delivering business outcomes. But where to start? Forrester suggests focusing on end user experience management (EUEM).  

IT leaders can use these tools to drive down IT operating costs whilst maintaining a great digital employee experience (DEX). In fact, as of 2023, 63% of business and technology decision-makers indicated that improving IT capabilities to enhance employee experience would be a high priority over the next 12 months.  

Visibility, control, and compliance 

IT needs to simplify and speed up troubleshooting and implement changes faster to enhance the end user experience. How? 

By investing in the right technology, such as the 1E Platform, you can give your IT teams real-time visibility of your IT estate and the power to query, diagnose, and manipulate endpoint configuration in real-time: 

  • Endpoint Troubleshooting: Equipping IT with the means to respond faster and remediate all in minutes (not days or weeks) without disruptive screenshare sessions, means your end users will have a considerably smoother digital experience.
  • Endpoint Automation: You can maintain a consistent and more efficient user experience with automation, reducing tickets to IT and ensuring that settings and configurations have been applied everywhere and are maintained as soon as they drift.
  • Inventory Insights: This one is simple; knowledge is power. Understanding your software estate with deeper insights will enable IT to make better decisions. This means they can provide better, more cost-effective, user experiences.  

You can learn more about how the 1E Platform helps with Visibility, Control, and Compliance here!  


The FORRESTER WAVE™: End-User Experience Management, Q3 2022

The FORRESTER WAVE™: End-User Experience Management, Q3 2022