Managed or Virtualized Desktops
One of the IT budget reduction ideas being researched would look at moving all staff and lab computer systems to a managed desktop environment, and possibly moving some staff systems to a virtual desktop environment. Some colleges have already implemented a managed desktop for most of their computers and realized significant reductions in support calls. Many current desktops do not need the computational power of a standalone machine, and desktop virtualization may save even more than fully managed desktops. If implemented, this idea would have no impact on student-owned computers.
Please let us know what you think of this idea.