But the project wasn't devoid of challenges. In the initial stages of the deployment, Nadkarni struggled to get user acceptance as users were reluctant to share their personal space. To keep them happy, Nadkarni decided to provide 5 GB of personal space to every user for storing their private information.Thermax has also made most of its non-engineering apps available to users through this solution.
Today, the project has strengthened the organization'ssecurity posture."Since the virtual desktop HSD solution transfers only the screen images to the end point and not data, security is ensured. We have also disabled USB ports and print screen options to secure our data further," says Nadkarni.Apart from that, the project has also increased employee productivity by 30-40 percent. Now that employees can gain anytime, anywhere access, they are able to accomplish more work, expedite decision-making, and be more flexible. Nadkarni is convinced that this will make his organization more attractive to potential candidates and improve the quality of the organization's employees.
It has also made the organization BYOD-ready. The company has started encouraging employees to bring their own tablets to access their virtual desktops and work on various non-engineering apps from anywhere, anytime. "Once the HR drafts a BYOD policy, it will see a more aggressive adoption. Today, I am technically ready with a BYOD framework in place," he says. Not only that, it has also speeded up software deployment across the organization. "This is a centralized solution so rolling out software is much easier now. Recently, we upgraded our instant messaging software. We were able to finish it in five minutes," says Nadkarni.
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