Barriers to Implementation
IT professionals are very clear on the primary challenge to implementation: The major barrier to desktop virtualization is cost. More than half of respondents rate cost as a major barrier to introducing desktop virtualization into their organization.
Main Barriers to Implementation (n=200)
52% 30% 30% 29% 24% 23% 14% 8% 1% 4% 12%
Cost is the major barrier to desktop virtualization.
Cost of deployment Choosing right approach Choosing right software vendor Lack of time Unsure of ROI Vendor products’ functionality Business management support IT management support Other Not an IT priority No barriers
Which of the following would you say are the main barriers to implementing desktop virtualization?
Many IT professionals are also having difficulty choosing from among the many available approaches and vendors. Nearly one-third indicate that the difficulty in choosing the right model and vendor for their organization is a primary obstacle to deployment. For almost another one-third of respondents, time—or more specifically, the lack of it—is a primary barrier. One interesting difference in this category occurs between IT professionals who are currently implementing desktop virtualization and those still in the evaluation process. Of those currently implementing, 41 percent say that the functionality of vendor products is a primary barrier to implementation—second only to cost. For companies still in the evaluation phase, however, only 17 percent of IT professionals who are fewer than three months out from implementation—and only 15 percent of those more than three months out—find product functionality to be an issue. It may be that IT professionals are learning some hard lessons during the implementation process, and that those unconcerned with this issue now will find it to be more of a problem as their plans progress.
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