PLA Expands Consulting Expertise in Desktop Virtualization - Industry Vet Mitch Northcutt joins PLA to Lead Virtualization Solutions Practice

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Project Leadership Associates (PLA) launches a comprehensive Desktop Virtualization (DV) practice led by industry leader Mitch Northcutt. PLA's Virtualization Solution Practice designs, plans and deploys virtual infrastructures for organizations with 250-5000 desktops. Clients can leverage PLA's experience and vast industry knowledge to deploy solutions from key technology partners such as Microsoft, Citrix and VMWare.

Project Leadership Associates, Inc. (PLA), has announced the availability of comprehensive Desktop Virtualization (DV) solutions with the launch of a premier DV practice. Mitch Northcutt, Practice Director, Virtualization Solutions for PLA and a leading IT infrastructure consultant since 1990 is driving this initiative. Prior to PLA, as CEO of RapidApp, Mitch and his team pioneered efforts in virtualization solutions. His skills and expertise have translated into helping many Fortune companies realize the benefits of deploying thousands of virtual servers within many of the largest early production DV deployments.

“Desktop virtualization is a natural fit for PLA. The key word in Desktop Virtualization is desktop and PLA has unrivaled desktop experience.” Mitch explained. With our experience and unique understanding of what organizations need to successfully deploy DV, I fully expect that PLA will soon be recognized as the leading DV practice in the markets we serve.”

Properly deployed, DV can significantly reduce a firm’s total cost of desktop ownership. Desktop virtualization abstracts the operating system and applications, untying them from the physical PC or laptop and stores them in a data center or hosted environment. End users experience the freedom and flexibility of access anywhere anytime from a variety of personal computing devices, all in a completely secure environment. With centralized control, organizations can deliver custom desktops and software to their employees remotely, ensuring not only efficiency and optimum productivity, but greater security.

Firms that take their desktops virtual can expect to:

  •     Manage all employees’ desktops from one central point of control, either a data center or a hosted environment.
  •     Meet security and regulatory compliance requirements by ensuring that data stays in the data center at all times.
  •     Spend less time and focus on hundreds or thousands of end points.
  •     Simplify the life cycle of desktop management.
  •     Better meet the end users’ demand for readily available technology.

End user benefits include:

  •     Anytime/anywhere access to their custom desktop and all applications.
  •     Convenience, security and privacy with corporate compliance built in.
  •     Promptly delivered updates with less disruption.

Desktop Virtualization deployments can prove advantageous to those with heavy regulatory compliance requirements, highly confidential information and many remote users. Regular updates to custom enterprise software for users becomes seamless, and updates are completed in a fraction of the time when done from a central point of control.

“We are excited to launch our virtualization solutions practice with Mitch Northcutt at the helm,” said Bruce Munies, PLA’s Executive Vice President of Network Integration. “Mitch’s vast experience and thought leadership in the virtualization space positions PLA ahead of the curve for desktop virtualization.”

“Many organizations want to take advantage of the savings offered by streamlining their desktop lifecycle,” Bruce expounded. “But most are stuck in an immature proof-of-concept phase that has made their forays into DV fraught with error, costlier than expected and ultimately disappointing. Because of our experience in infrastructure design and our understanding of the differences between server and desktop virtualization, PLA clients benefit from best practices right from the start.”

The Virtualization Solutions Practice at PLA designs, plans and deploys Virtual infrastructures for organizations with 250 to 5,000 desktops. Such DV projects begin with a thorough impact analysis. Using automated tools to look at the current desktop environment, user requirements, application dependencies, and storage, the PLA team then develops a plan to build and operate the DV environment. PLA can provide technical resources on-site to assist the internal team with implementation until the solution is production ready. Clients can then leverage PLA’s Management Services to continue the operation and management of their new DV infrastructure. PLA’s key DV technology partners include Microsoft, Citrix and VMWare.

For more information on Project Leadership Associates (PLA) and its Virtualization Solutions Practice, please visit or contact Mitch Northcutt at (312) 258-5380 or email mnorthcutt(at)projectleadership(dot)net.

About Project Leadership Associates, Inc.

PLA is a business and technology consulting firm that empowers small, middle market and enterprise organizations with services across four core solution groups: 1) Business Strategy Execution; 2) Business Operations; 3) Applications; and 4) Infrastructure. PLA has been consistently ranked among Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing companies in America, Crain's Chicago Business’s Fast 50 and Everything Channel's CRN Fast Growth 100 List as an annual recognition of growth, performance, and maintaining profitability since its founding in 1998. With headquarters in Chicago and branch offices in Dallas, Indianapolis, Houston, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco, PLA is uniquely poised to offer a broad array of solutions that work collaboratively with clients to help them realize substantial results.


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