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How can the user herd survive the difficult crossing of the IT landscape? It's in their App-DNA

IT users are a bit like wildebeest. Regular as clockwork, they are forced to migrate across harsh territory as their own environment becomes increasingly hostile and unable to support the population.

So, like it or lump it, they are forced into a mass migration, to the fresh pastures of Windows 7. Where they will find only temporary respite before another cycle kicks in.

For safety, the masses are huddled together and move as one. But the mass migration has many casualties. Predators lurk in all kids of areas, plotting to pick them off. The most dangerous part of the journey is the crossing.

Now AppSense and App-DNA have joined forces to make the migration safer for the users. (Hang on, should a company called App-DNA be messing with the forces of selection like this? Surely we need natural wastage to cull the users every now and then. Isn't this nature's way?)

No, it isn't, argues App-DNA. We're talking about human being here and they need to be helped to reach their maximum potential. 

AppSense and App-DNA are helping to protect the users and speed them on their way as they migrate to more bountiful environment, such as Windows 7, virtual desktop computing and remote desktop services for physical and virtual machines.

App-DNA helps to save the lives of many IT managers and CIOs too, according to Gartner. It saves their careers by helping them to analyse, plan, manage and deliver.

This isn't just confined to the plains of the Serengetti, but is a global phenomenon. "Virtually every corporate and enterprise organization is in some phase of planning or deploying new desktop infrastructure," said David Roussain, VP of strategic alliances at AppSense. 

Analysts say the users desperately need help. "The traditional end-user desktop is undergoing a period of significant transformation," said Chris Wolf, research VP at Gartner.

This was first published in October 2011

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