I've recently been given a project at work to come up with the following.. I am very wet behind the ears and was hoping for some assistance ..
1 - list of industry trends for the desktop. These will be broad trends and should include hardware, management, and best practices
2 - Desktop trends will include hardware like laptop and desktop machines, PDA's and/or other mobile devices, Also desktop management solutions such as software distribution mechanisms, vitual desktops (like MetaFrame), and asset management.
I've come up so far with the following, any advice or tips?
For the Desktops, they have really started moving towards "small form factor". Combined with LCD monitors, when you setup a small form factor PC, with an LCD monitor...it makes for a nice, neat desk, without bulky PC hardware taking up precious desktop real estate.
Low noise, Most of them are coming with large, slower RPM chassis fans for cooling. Less noise around your desk.
Terminal Server based LOB software (Line of Business)...the primary application that the business runs on its network is run on a terminal server. Creates less network traffic, easier management of the package, and...You don't need to purchase beefy workstations to run the package. You can purchase less powerful workstations. Since they're not actually running the client part of the software.
"Long Lifecycle Desktops" a product line which doesn't change hardware configurations very much over time. This will allows you to create an image...and utilize that image across new additions. Or replacement PCs...Over a longer period of time. Useful in supporting large networks. so you don't have to spend time unbuckling the newly arrived desktop, doing your windows updates, installing your applications, etc etc. You can just dump a pre-configured image on the machine. And BAM...up and running. For example...Desktop dc7600 has a lifecycle of 60 months. "Like Firearms"
We can't forget the introduction of a new Windows operating system. Business usually reluctant to accept a new operating system. Until the first service pack. And some patches have been released so that their existing servers will have fewer issues with the new operating system. That's usually a 9-12 month wait period.
Vista also works against the concept of having workstations with less horsepower...so that they can run their apps off of Terminal Server. It would be cost effective to have lightweight workstations with an entry level Pentium processor, and only 512 Megs of RAM...nice inexpensive product. But you have to crank that up for Vista...so you shoot down the concept of having a lightweight PC.Since just for average use. The equiv of XP having 512 Megs...you're now purchasing a Core 2 Duo machine with 2 gigs of RAM. Couple of hundred bucks more per PC.