Implement Desktop Virtualization and Transition to Everything as a Service

From VDI to DaaS, desktop virtualization is back. Choose the right solution, then develop an implementation plan that balances user experience, infrastructure complexity, and total cost.

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Your Challenge

  • There isn’t necessarily one desktop virtualization deployment method for all; unique evaluation of each user-group for fit with each deployment method is required in order to deploy a solution that is right for your organization.
  • The push for businesses to be mobile is driving desktop virtualization adoption. As legacy PCs are reaching end of life, many businesses are looking for a solution that will support a mobile workforce.
  • Desktop virtualization options abound. VDI, DaaS, app virtualization? Each has strengths, drawbacks, and costs that should be considered. 

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Desktop virtualization technology has caught up to the dream. The last few hurdles are being overcome, and the value is higher than ever in a mobile, cloud-based world.
  • Focus on user experience. If the new user experience is not equal to or better than traditional desktops, the project will fail at the pilot stage.
  • The virtual desktop is only part of the device-agnostic workspace. A workspace that enables users from any device can involve desktop virtualization, but it’s only a piece of the puzzle.

Impact and Result

  • Establish and align your IT goals with the solution requirements. Successful desktop virtualization involves implementing a solution that fits with the organization’s vision, but equally important is implementing it at a reasonable total cost, which can only be accomplished by establishing and aligning the goals and solution requirements.
  • Follow Info-Tech’s process for implementing the right desktop virtualization solution to create a project plan that will help ensure that you not only choose the right solution but also implement it effectively.

Implement Desktop Virtualization and Transition to Everything as a Service

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Analyze virtual desktop requirements and pilot the solution

Gather and analyze desktop virtualization requirements, then pilot the solution.

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Plan the desktop virtualization implementation

Plan the implementation based on evaluation of the pilot and a carefully crafted communication plan.

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Onsite workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost onsite delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.

Module 1: Launch Your Desktop Virtualization Project

The Purpose

  • Identify the scope and objectives of the workshop.
  • Identify the drivers behind your desktop virtualization project.
  • Determine and prioritize the business, end-user, and IT project goals and success metrics.
  • Understand the needs of end users to create user-group profiles.
  • Explore which applications are critical to virtualize.
  • Develop a high-level budget based on the estimated cost to deliver desktop virtualization.
  • Understand the high level risks and how to mitigate them.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Determine workshop scope.
  • Determine project resourcing.
  • Evaluate your current environment: infrastructure, project drivers, and opportunities for improvement.
  • Identify the goals and success metrics.
  • Detailed creation of user-group profiles.
  • Document the critical applications in your environment to virtualize.
  • Outline a high-level budget for your desktop virtualization project.
  • Create a list of risks and mitigation strategies for each.
  • Match the user-groups to the appropriate desktop virtualization delivery method.

Activities:
Outputs

1.1

Develop the scope and objectives of the workshop

1.2

Review the current state environment

1.3

Identify the drivers behind your desktop virtualization project

1.4

Determine the business, end-user, and IT project goals and success metrics

  • Completion of the first section of a project plan

1.5

Understand the needs of end-users through a user-group profile creation and analysis

  • Documented user-group profiles

1.6

Determine desktop virtualization delivery method fit with user-group profiles

1.7

Inventory and analyze critical applications to virtualize

1.8

Determine the high-level budget and total cost of ownership (TCO)

  • High-level budget and desktop virtualization appropriateness assessment

1.9

Assess the high level risks and strategies to mitigate them

  • Launched desktop virtualization implementation project

Module 2: Analyze Virtual Desktop Requirements and Plan to Pilot the Solution

The Purpose

  • Identify functional requirements for the organization’s desktop virtualization solution.
  • Determine technical requirements for the organization’s backup solution.
  • Assess the responses from vendors to determine which vendor is the best fit to pilot your solution.
  • Plan the pilot: select who will be in the test group and which applications will be supported.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Documented functional requirements.
  • Documented technical requirements.
  • Identified the appropriate vendor to host the solution that best fits the organization’s requirements.
  • Developed a plan to conduct the pilot.

Activities:
Outputs

2.1

Develop technical and functional requirements

  • Completion of section 2 of the project plan

2.2

Test out the products in the market (PoC) to further refine requirements

  • Documented requirements for the future solution

2.3

Create the Request for Proposal (RFP)

  • Scoped RFP

2.4

Assess the responses from vendors to negotiate a service contract

2.5

Plan the pilot: select the test group and critical applications

  • Completed pilot plan

2.6

Draft an end-user satisfaction survey

  • Customized end-user satisfaction survey

Module 3: Plan Your Desktop Virtualization Implementation

The Purpose

  • Discuss the milestones and initiatives required to implement desktop virtualization.
  • Build a roadmap of initiatives mapped on a timeline.
  • Discuss best practices around an implementation plan.
  • Develop a communication plan.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • An action plan for implementing and communicating the desktop virtualization solution.
  • Creation of a roadmap of initiatives to implement desktop virtualization.

Activities:
Outputs

3.1

Brainstorm milestones and deliverables

3.2

List the project initiatives

3.3

Consolidate the initiatives into a project roadmap/timeline

  • Completed roadmap of initiatives to implement desktop virtualization

3.4

Discuss best practices around implementation

  • Completion of section 3 of the project plan
  • Implementation plan

3.5

Develop a communication plan

  • Communication plan