According to Gartner, inquires about OS deployment and image management have shot up to their number three spot when typically it has been an occasional inquiry. Obviously a lot of these deployment questions are being triggered because of Windows 7.
Moving up to the number three spot in Gartner requests means a lot of IT admins must feel like you’re up a Windows 7 creek without a paddle. Grant it, it’s a daunting move, user state migration, OS deployment, image management, application testing, inventory assessment, forklift upgrades vs attrition; I bet a root canal without anesthesia is sounding a lot less painful right about now.
Not making the move to Windows 7 isn’t an option, and yes it’s painful, but there are several things IT admins can do to simplify and properly manage images that have a major impact on PC deployment. Creating hardware agnostic images and thin images that are updated at least once a quarter with patches, application updates and other configuration changes will ensure that deploying PCs stays simple over time; now, none is actually anything new, but the way to do them is.
Most organizations do not have a fully matured PC deployment model. Creating and maintaining thin, hardware independent images, and deploying PCs is still a very manual method for most organizations. This is deployment method is not only time consuming but costly as well. According to IDC a Basic PC deployment model, with little automation, cost an organization $795 per PC. As an organization automates the process, PC deployment cost and time to deploy drop dramatically.
But how do you fully automate PC deployment? Investing in the right tools will help any organization move from a manual PC deployment method to a fully automated method. Join us for a live webinar event to find out how to automate image creation, management and PC deployment this Thursday August 25th at 10 a.m. PT.