Balancing Desktop Standardization with User Needs

Adopting a “corporate standard desktop” has undeniable benefits: it lowers overhead, reduces maintenance, and increases both stability and security.

But the two main client computer types that we’ve become accustomed to – laptops and desktops – aren’t the only game in town anymore. Now we’ve got a variety of virtual desktops, as well as published ones. Moreover, users today aren’t tied to a single client; they’re working from home, from the office, from hotels, and from airplanes.

That means that deploying a “corporate standard desktop” across the organization doesn’t work anymore. Users need different configuration settings depending on a variety of factors, from their current desktop to their current location to the time of day. This white paper explores how IT can balance the usefulness of desktop standardization with the real needs of today’s users.

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