The Business Case for VDI
Source by: Citrix
Desktop Virtualization is becoming a mainstream way of delivering desktops and applications to users. While IT leaders have a choice in vendors and technologies, they must carefully map out the business priorities and then align specific technologies to each user group, all the while keeping costs, technical complexity, and risk in mind.
As the question on how to eat an elephant is best answered by “one bite at a time,” the recently introduced Desktop Transformation Model provides actionable steps IT leaders and architects can take to ensure that they are well prepared to address IT and business priorities by transforming traditional desktops into optimally managed, transformed desktop computing resources.
Before any organization delves into the technical details associated with a desktop virtualization implementation, it must perform the following critical exercises:
- Determine Business Priorities. The best way to leverage desktop virtualization, organizations must identify and prioritize their immediate and future business requirements, including areas such as business agility, virtual workstyles and cost reduction. They must also account for an end- user and IT attitudes towards change, new technologies and new approaches to computing.
- Assess the Time to Value. Once an organization establishes its priorities, it must map out how quickly the business priorities can be addressed. Establishing the time to value of desktop virtualization begins at user segmentation and then assesses the complexities of implementing the right technology for each user group. To gain a quick, highly visible win, organizations should start with high impact user groups that promise a relatively short time to value.Once an initial project has been implemented, adding additional users with similar requirements becomes faster, simpler and more reliable.
- Establish a Technology Roadmap. With the previous exercises complete, IT leaders can start prioritizing and planning the individual projects. Organizations must spend time on the project planning to set realistic goals, adhere to milestones and avoid missing important projects.
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Source: Channel Partners’ Business Value Toolbox