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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An undeveloped or non-existent desktop virtualization project strategy will result in:

  • Dissatisfied end users
  • Wasted money and resources
  • Lack of documented processes that increase the chance for implementation failure
  • No unified solution fit to end-user requirements
  • Failure to implement and scale the desktop virtualization solution

A well-developed desktop virtualization project strategy will:

  • Match the desktop virtualization method to specific use cases within the organization
  • Avoid major pitfalls when implementing desktop virtualization
  • Align desktop virtualization initiatives with end-user, business, and IT goals and objectives
  • Reach the age of virtualization with support for access anytime, anywhere

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

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