Is desktop as a service the outsourcing hot spot?

I just had an interesting conversation with Citrix’s  VP for UK, Ireland and South Africa, James Stevenson. The interview was arranged on the back of a deal that Fujitsu won with the DWP which Citrix was a key part of.

Citrix is providing the software to create a Thin Client computing environment.

Stevenson said the DWP chose a thin client environment but businesses can build environments that use any hardware device.

This is basically desktop as a service, where workers chose their own device that links to applications.

IT service providers will have to build business models that support this type of desktop service.

Findings from the recently launched Citrix Virtualisation Index (CVI)

– 27% UK CIOs will be rolling out their use of desktop virtualisation in the next 12 months
– 33.4% of companies intend to explore the uptake of desktop virtualisation technologies in the next 18 months
– However, 13.6 per cent of UK CIOs are not currently using desktop virtualisation at all – (Germany: 2.2%, Japan: 3.75%, US: 1.44%)