AppSense Webinar Series: Webinar #2 – Windows 7 Migrations.

May 5, 2010

The ‘AppSense Webinar Series’ is in full flow, with webinar #2 taking place tomorrow.  Bas Bremmer, an AppSense Senior Pre-Sales Consultant from our Dutch office will be presenting his experiences on ‘Simplifying Windows 7 Migration’.

Migrating users to Windows 7 can be a risky and expensive proposition, especially if it affects the employee’s working environment. AppSense user virtualization technology manages all the user-specific elements of the Windows 7 migration process as well as providing an alternative approach to managing the user aspects of the PC.

Agenda:

  • Best practice for migrating to Windows 7
  • Replacement of legacy user profiles to reduce management and support costs
  • Options for moving to centrally managed desktops
  • Q&A

Date & Time:

Thursday, May 6th 2010 @ 10-10:20am EST, 3-3:20pm BST, 4-4:20pm CEST

You can register for the webinar here.

Further information on other upcoming AppSense Webinars can be found on the AppSense Webinar Series pages here

Look forward to seeing you there!

Cheers,

Gaz


Does Social Media Drive Sales? Well Twitter Did For AppSense On A 2,000 User Win7 Migration

March 31, 2010

Ok, so – some people question the value of social media such as Twitter and Blogs within B2B, I know, as people here at AppSense often joke that I’m some sort of Twitter Monkey or Blog Bandit…charming!  Even though these activities only take a very small percentage of my time in relation to the other work I do, I can see they are increasingly used by many as a core information gathering and communication tool which can link into track-able ROI,  I have a perfect example  how through the use of Twitter, an end user was able to learn about how AppSense enables Win7 migrations, and from that reach out and contact me to set up a meeting which has since resulted in them purchasing our user virtualization solution and starting their Win7 migration. – ahh, got your attention now?

When I was visiting our Manhattan offices earlier this quarter, I posted a simple Twitter update stating I was in NY if anyone wanted to meet up to discuss desktop virtualization and OS migrations (Or something along those lines) – from there I was contacted by a global investment and technology development firm with about 2,000 employees.  I, along with one of the local AppSense Sales guys and a System Engineer went and met with the prospect in their building, only a few blocks away from ours.

During the meeting we learned their plans, concerns and time frames for their Win7 migration, and presented how we can alleviate some of those pains such as speeding up the migration process, ensure user adoption, improve user experience and reduce IT workload post migration.  Together the end user and AppSense worked on a proof of concept and engaged with a leading AppSense reseller to formalize pricing etc… (At this point I was back in the rainy UK and stepped back from the sales cycle).

All in all, within 10 weeks of my initial Twitter post, the end user had tested, seen the value in AppSense, worked with a leading AppSense partner to purchase 2,000 user licenses of our software, and is now rolling out Win7 ahead of schedule…

Let this be a lesson to those who under estimate the power of social media, and, AppSense Sales folk, if you ask nicely – I may also do the same for you… for a 5% cut of total order value ;)  

Cheers

Gaz


IDG Article – ‘Time is right to consider VDI’

March 22, 2010

Jon Dix has just published an article at IDG News Service discussing why the ‘time is right to consider VDI’.  Jon highlights some of the options and alternatives available in enabling the adoption of desktop virtualization, including solutions from Citrix, Wyse and AppSense as part of the options on offer.

Jon’s view on that now is the right time to be considering desktop virtualization also marries up with some of Martin Ingram’s (VP of Strategy at AppSense) predictions for 2010, which Martin detailed here in his blog

Thanks

Gaz.


The Windows 7 Migration Challenge Events.

February 25, 2010

Esteem, a leading Citrix and AppSense partner in the UK are hosting a series of seminars, workshops and conferences to help keep you up to date with the latest strategy trends best practices and technology developments.  Working with Citrix, Microsoft and AppSense, Esteem will be travelling the UK to bring Windows 7 migration and deployment to your organization.

Please find an overview of the upcoming events below, along with the links to the event pages for more information and to register your attendance.

The Windows 7 Migration Challenge – London, 23rd March 2010
About:
This interactive workshop will examine Windows 7, discuss the key challenges associated with the deployment of it (including application compatibility issues), and review the impact it will have on the corporate desktop environment.

Presenters:
Keith Baker, Microsoft
Michael Fitzgerald, Esteem Systems
Matt Crenchley, Citrix Systems
Nigel Wilson, AppSense

The Windows 7 Migration Challenge – Leeds, 24th March 2010
About:
This interactive workshop will examine Windows 7, discuss the key challenges associated with the deployment of it (including application compatibility issues), and review the impact it will have on the corporate desktop environment.

Presenters:
Keith Baker, Microsoft
Michael Fitzgerald, Esteem Systems
Matt Crenchley, Citrix Systems
Nigel Wilson, AppSense

The Windows 7 Migration Challenge – Edinburgh, 25th March 2010
About:
This interactive workshop will examine Windows 7, discuss the key challenges associated with the deployment of it (including application compatibility issues), and review the impact it will have on the corporate desktop environment.

Presenters:
Keith Baker, Microsoft
Michael Fitzgerald, Esteem Systems
Matt Crenchley, Citrix Systems
Nigel Wilson, AppSense

Details of other AppSense attended events can be found here.


Commaxx and AppSense: Migrating to Windows 7 while simplifying desktop management

February 16, 2010

Commaxx, a leading Norwegian Distributor, and AppSense are hosting a seminar to show how you can ensure a seamless and low-risk migration to Win7 along with ongoing simplified desktop management.  The following topics and more will be covered through workshops, demonstrations and discussion;

–          Business reasons for moving to Windows 7
–          Deployment options and challenges
–          Best practice
–          Assessing physical and virtual desktop options

When & Where:

Date: March 10th 2010
Time: 08:30am – 11:30am
Location: Oslo

Click here for more information and to register.