The move toward a virtualized computing environment brings with it key benefits that are available from no other model. For example, when business functions are fully virtualized and available via the cloud, traveling sales and marketing personnel using their laptops on the road can have full and complete access to all the same IT resources they would be using if they were present in the home office. This can greatly enhance company competitiveness and help to increase revenue streams.
Despite these obvious advantages of virtualization, however, sometimes enterprises experience challenges in transitioning to the new IT services environment, one that relies more on a managed services model than on in-house computer technicians and programmers. There are two major challenges for enterprises to consider as they move forward with plans to virtualize their systems.
The Nature of their Industry
Full virtualization may be more effective for some industries than others, but partial virtualization is beneficial for most enterprises. Management should work in close consultation with their managed services provider to determine the best level of virtualization to begin with, and should be alert for industry changes that might mean additional virtualized functions become a benefit.
The Adaptability of Staff
Major changes can sometimes disconcert a staff, particularly when those changes are at a fundamental level that alters some aspects of a workflow. Management should take time to assess the adaptability of company staff so that an appropriate level of support and training can be provided during and after the transition to a virtualized environment.