Some organizations try to save money by holding onto older desktops, but costs can accrue quickly by having to support and secure obsolete equipment. Upgrading your desktops may actually make better business sense, regardless of the size of your IT budget. To effectively evaluate desktop products and vendors and make the best purchase decision, you need data that allows you to build a sound comparative analysis. The Desktop Upgrades Pack contains four tools that will help you determine what capabilities you need, calculate the cost of adopting a solution, and assess which vendors offer the products and services that will meet your requirements. The pack consists of a Gap Analysis Tool, a Financial Scenario Planner, a Vendor Selection Checklist, and a Vendor Reference Questionnaire.

A look at the tools
The Gap Analysis Tool allows you to identify any gaps in your current solution. By comparing your present capabilities with those offered by current desktop solutions, you can pinpoint where those gaps may exist. This tool lists requirements, such as off-the-shelf management capabilities, a battery backup solution, and a robust tool for pushing security patches and application installations. It also generates a gap report identifying areas where your current solution may fall short and provides an explanation of the benefits the solution might offer.

The Financial Scenario Planner includes four worksheets you can use to perform financial calculations that will help you decide which desktop strategy is best for your organization—buy, build, lease, or stay. Each sheet allows you to account for indirect cost savings and revenue enhancements, which will offset your costs. You can also factor in revenue curtailment if you think your IT initiative might hurt a source of revenue.

The Vendor Selection Checklist will help you identify which features of a desktop upgrade are important to you and lets you rate how well particular vendors meet your criteria. Based on your responses, it generates an overall score for each vendor you’re considering.

The Vendor Reference Questionnaire provides both standard and solution-specific questions you can ask your references to find out how well the product has met their needs and how well the vendor delivered on its promises. The tool collects the answers you obtain from as many as six references and presents them on a comparison sheet for a side-by-side look.

Selecting the right desktop upgrade solution requires you to consider a number of factors—from power protection to management features to application rollout capabilities. The Desktop Upgrades Pack can help you collect, organize, and evaluate the data you need to make an optimum purchase decision for your organization.