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Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc.

Thanks to Michel at

This paper written by Randy Perry of IDC sponsored by Wyse on the return on investment (ROI) of Thin Computing (Server Based Computing) environments:

"Latest research from IDC, the leading global technology analyst firm, reveals that enterprises adopting thin computing achieve an average Return on Investment of 421% and pay back the cost in less than 11 months once their thin client solution is deployed. Thin computing also releases IT staff from the time-consuming ties of infrastructure support, increasing their productivity by an average 78%. A web-based Wyse/IDC ExpertROI calculator has been created to deliver displayed and printed reports of the ROI [more ...]
full article

Now on the surface of it, you would have to more than a bit sceptical of an ROI paper that shouts a figure of 421%, especially when it is actually sponsored by Wyse? But as I started to look deeper I found that they had used 11 Wyse Customers ranging in size from 3,000 to 30,000 users, AND this data was compiled over 3 years.

So the 3 year summary of ROI (per 100 Users) came out as:

Average annual benefits $40,372

Investment $22,893

Net present value (NPV) $80,170

ROI = NPV/investment 421%

Payback in months 10.6

Pretty impressive?

Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2006 6:46 AM Citrix , IT Management , Real Cool Stuff | Back to top

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