Consumerisation of IT, Cloud, and Virtualisation Create Confusion In Desktop Environments
Wokingham, UK – 23rd February, 2012 – Desktop, application and virtualisation speclialists, Point to Point, today announced that one of the most common issues its customers face is managing the added complications brought about by the introduction of new technologies. According to Point to Point, the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) culture, coupled with the advancements in cloud and virtualisation technologies, has increased the complexity of desktop environments making it more difficult for customers to select the right solution to fit their current and future requirements.
Drawing on 20 years’ experience of delivering desktop transformation solutions, Point to Point suggests companies are potentially wasting thousands of pounds by rushing into projects without conducting full tests of their IT environments. Recent industry research shows that only 20-40 per cent of applications are ready for Windows 7 and that 60-80 per cent of a typical application portfolio will need some remediation to meet the required deployment standards. A further five per cent of applications have a specific problem that needs to be addressed by the software vendor or programmer and some applications will just never run in a certain environment.
This is the sort of information companies need to consider before embarking on a project, rather than getting a nasty surprise half way through, says Point to Point. Point to Point asserts that many companies are failing to recognise the trigger points in the IT infrastructure, such as Users and Applications, which can render a project redundant due to poor compatibility. As a result, many projects are falling by the wayside half-way to completion, forcing organisations to backtrack on often expensive migrations.
Point to Point has a proven track record in delivering large scale transformational change projects across desktop environments scaling up to 10,000 seats. Customers that it has helped include household names such as Premier Foods, St James Place, Surrey Police, Easyjet and Rabobank to name but a few, and Point to Point is currently engaged with long term projects across EMEA. The company provides strategic vendor neutral consultancy to customers as well as technical delivery to help identify the best desktop strategy to meet the clients’ needs. Jon Hunt, Business Development Director for Point to Point explains:
“Selecting a virtualisation and desktop solution used to be fairly simple, but this is no longer the case. Desktop and application virtualisation is now a strategic business issue, not just a matter for the IT department. The introduction of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), Cloud, open source and the consumerisation of IT has introduced a number of new variants into the desktop environment, creating a multitude of compatibility issues. There has also been an increase in the technology options available, meaning there are now many different ways to achieve the same result. This is why we set up our Strategic Formation Services (SFS) division in 2008 to help customers to better understand their IT environments. Our SFS approach is based on years of experience of how certain technologies react in the real-world environment, using our own IP, rather than relying on vendors sometimes overly optimistic assertions. This puts us in a strong position to provide impartial advice on what route will best suit a client’s desktop environment.”
SFS engagements typically cover the following five key areas:
1. Technical infrastructure – Whether you are moving to a new operating system, implementing a virtualisation project or moving to a cloud environment, you need to know that the infrastructure is there to support the change. Point to Point helps clients to understand what the foundations are in their infrastructure environment to ascertain the parameters that need to be worked within. If virtualisation is not the focus, this background information provides insight into the options that are relevant to the customer in the context of their own environment.
2. Application Discovery – Because of the nature of PC computing, applications can be added without the organisation’s knowledge, meaning companies may have little or no understanding of how many applications are running in their environment. Point to Point undertakes an application discovery of your systems to ascertain what is running and where so that it can identify any challenges these applications may cause for future desktop deployments.
3. Automated Compatibility Testing – For many large corporates the single biggest challenge in moving to a new operating system is getting their vast application estates to work on the new platform. Point to Point will run automated compatibility testing on the environment to troubleshoot any applications that could cause a barrier to migration ahead of time, and help identify alternative solutions where needed to ensure smooth migration.
4. User Profiling – Technology requirements can vary from user to user, depending on the demands of their role, which impacts on what desktop environment would best suit that worker. Point to Point conducts user profiling to identify technical characteristics that impact on user demands on technology.
5. Building a Business Case – Now more than ever IT departments need to build a business case for new investments and clearly demonstrate how these investments will either provide cost savings or deliver operational efficiencies. Point to Point can provide strategic advice and justification for taking one approach over another to help IT gain the appropriate support from key influencers within the business.
About Point to Point
Established in 1992, Point to Point has been a Citrix partner since the 1990s and was one of the first Platinum Partners in the UK. Today, Point to Point is totally vendor independent and will give customers an informed but impartial view on their desktop and application strategy. It is involved in developing an organisation’s application and desktop management strategy and depending on the outcome, technology implementation may or may not be involved in the solution.
The Point to Point team is highly skilled and qualified. Over the years Point to Point has been first to market via a number of large-scale deployments involving desktop and application virtualisation, including the first mission critical Citrix implementation in Europe, which developed to also become the largest implementation in Europe.
Point to Point has the customer proof points to support its assertions and can demonstrate the value it delivers to organisations, including household names such as: Premier Foods, St James Place, Surrey Police, Easyjet, and Rabobank to name but a few.
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