Even though most of my day to day work life is grounded in the operations and infrastructure space I still like to try to keep informed of what my former colleagues in the desktop world are up to. Lately at work there has been increasing rumblings about BYOD in conjunction with VDI. It is strange, because while I can think of very specific use cases in which these are fantastic ideas, all too often the enthusiasm for the shiny new technology or approach seems to outpace and even forget the problem it was seeking to solve in the first place.
It is with this in mind that I highly recommend you take some time and listen to Eduardo Kassner’s talk from MMS 2013 this year entitled “Develop a Successful Flexible Desktop Strategy in Today’s Digital Era.” Eduardo is a former CIO and veteran of the IT industry who has a certain talent for cutting through technology hype/BS in a way that is blunt, honest, and refreshing. What he has to say is not always easy to hear, but it is definitely worth your time.
“When I ask you what is your strategy I am looking for you to look really really well into what you want to achieve?
Are you here to make to your end user experience better?
Are you here to give them more flexibility?
Are you here to reduce your cost of operations?
You can’t say yes to all those. It doesn’t work.
So if you say, I want cheaper, faster, better, and prettier– it’s a NO.
So you are going to have to let go of something there. What I am trying to say is if you don’t have this goal defined everything else that I am going to talk about today doesn’t matter. It is the hardest part, it is the most boring part, and it is the most critical.”