- Count eight hours of extra downtime per user
- Spend five times more on support for XP than Windows 7
- Suffer productivity hits by keeping users on ageing hardware
- Fail to benefit from new PC features XP can’t handle
- Come under a growing number of security threats
The speed of innovation has transformed. Organisations need to move quicker than ever before. The structure of innovation has changed. Organisations need to involve more people than ever before. Innovation can’t be owned. It can only be facilitated.
Necessity is the mother of invention. People talk big in the good times and act big in the bad times. Building a technology around users (wherever they may be) drives innovation and reduces major costs like expensive office space.
King Cnut couldn’t hold back the tide. And organisations can’t stop employees working the way that suits them. Let them work where they want and with the applications and hardware they need. Or they’ll find somewhere that does.
Organisations are trimming their payrolls. Yet more people work for them than ever before. They need to open the door to freelancers, contractors and consultants who come, go and come back again.Citrix tackle these issues for clients every day. And the traditional ‘one user, one desktop’ model is part of the problem, not part of the solution. Solutions So what are the alternatives? How do IT teams build an open cost effective infrastructure around their users? It’s about uniting users (on their terms) with what makes them productive: applications and other people.
- Virtualisation – Virtualising desktops and servers makes it easier to serve up what users need, where they need it, while keeping redundant capacity to the lowest possible level.
- Cloud – Going to the cloud (public or private) enables users to ramp up their technology infrastructure, platform or software to support any project capacity.
- Mobile – Aligning mobile applications (in terms of optimisation, analysis and performance) is the next major step for uniting people and applications in harmony.
- Collaboration – Adding social networking or groupware tools to applications ensures innovative projects bring maximum expertise together.
- The people – Who will do what.
- The processes – How the stages will map out.
- The technology – What tools will be used to automate what processes.
- The migration team needs to align with the business units
- The software licensing and procurement managers need to participate in the application rationalisation process
- The testers, packagers and sequencers need to use (and contribute to) a central source of knowledge
- The support people need to understand the changes that are coming
- The data centre strategists need to get on the same page (with VDI or server-based computing, you need new processes to accommodate a desktop in your datacenter)