In this video presentation you will learn how the consumerization of technology has made it possible to run an entire organization from a simple internet connection. It is no longer required to load applications locally, or to own anything other than simple workstations or netbooks to operate in most circumstances. The value of on-demand services is in the elimination of capital budgets, budget surprises, and cost unpredictability. Constant advancements in our technology world are leveraged by for-profit and non-profits alike who need no longer be responsible for the complexity and support of the technology that is essential to operate competitively.
The culmination of the IT revolution is hosted desktops or desktop-as-a-service. Hosted desktop technology is an innovative new method for delivering Windows desktops to end users. Part of the ‘cloud computing’ concept, a hosted desktop looks and acts exactly like a traditional PC, but instead of residing locally, all software and data are housed in state-of-the-art data centers. As a hosted desktop is no longer tied to specific hardware, it can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from anywhere with an internet connection and end-device. We will discuss the technology, operational and financial considerations of this innovative new approach to IT hardware and service management. Includes examples from nonprofits about their real-life experience with virtual desktops.
Filmed at the NTEN Nonprofits & Cloud Summit in Dallas, TX on 10/14/12.