As technology evolves, many organizations are seeking to transition from an internal IT infrastructure to a virtual desktop infrastructure, also known as VDI. Ultimately, while this may seem moderately easy for an organization to achieve, there are a myriad of things to consider. The rationale on implementing a VDI can vary and for some a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure can be deployed without disrupting or displacing an existing environment. Provisioning, installing and testing can be achieved in a parallel setting while never impacting day to day operations.
Now what? When making any decision to transition from one technology to another, you should ask yourself a few essential questions:
1. What is my return on investment (ROI)?
2. Will this investment make my company more secure?
3. Will I see an increase in operational efficiency and gain productivity?
4. Will this make me competitive?
Now let’s think through the “how” of your IT environment:
- Have I fully defined my requirements? What is truly needed for people to do their jobs and how will each department will be impacted?
- Have I considered the method of adoption and how each employee will be introduced and trained on the new technology?
- How will I capture the cost savings of implementing VDI into my environment?
- How will I redeploy IT resources to focus on higher value initiatives to meet the ever demanding and changing needs of today’s data, security, and mobility challenges? How will this allow the IT team to focus on the task at hand and increases operational efficiency?