The VP was known to follow tech news and trends, and he'd been supportive of tech changes when it made business sense. I read the emails again, this time with the assumption that he was thinking about desktop virtualization while writing them. And it all clicked.
Despite our size (only four IT folks on staff), we weren't afraid to try new things, and we had been involved with virtualization early. The next big project we had been talking about was virtualizing desktops for all our locations. But with the initial implementation costs and such, we hadn't been expecting anything to actually happen until one or two years out.
But here was a great opportunity to show the VP that we were forward in our thinking and preparing for the very thing he was asking about. I put together another Pulitzer-esque email outlining the basic advantages of such a solution and how we planned to implement it. I pointed out that to solve the current problem at the remote site, we could get by with money for basic but newer PCs plus licensing costs. And I opened the door to implement the VDI solution at a very basic level for the two users as a test run.
Ding. "Let's give it a try."
Never had five words sounded so encouraging, but the situation is certainly ironic. What were the odds that a basic request would turn into the beginning of an action plan of something we were wanting to try -- and with management on board? We as an IT staff had been preparing the VDI plan, but the trickiest part in any such tech change can be broaching the subject with the execs, let alone convincing them. It would be nice to think that our preparation and my prize-winning emails had made the difference here. But sometimes, things just happen by chance.
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