Two Unidesk Customers in State Government Named to Computerworld 2011 Honors Program

Share Article

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Recognized for Innovative Use of Virtualization Technology to Improve Public Welfare

Two state agencies that have begun modernizing their desktop infrastructures with Unidesk® virtual desktop management software have been named to the prestigious list of laureates for the 2011 Computerworld Honors Program. The Computerworld program is the technology industry’s longest running award program, recognizing individuals and organizations that create and use information technology to promote and advance public welfare, contribute to the greater good of society and change the world for the better. The State of Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) and the State of Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) will be honored at a ceremony June 20, 2011, in Washington, D.C., where their case studies will be formally inducted into the program's archives and their IT teams will be presented with a medallion inscribed with the program's mission, "A Search for New Heroes."

Wisconsin DCF, whose mission is to promote the economic and social well-being of the state’s children and families, is implementing Unidesk, VMware View™ and VMware vSphere® as the foundation for its 1,200 new virtual desktops. As announced on April 11, the agency’s goal is to provide case workers and staff with computing resources that can be more easily controlled and secured than laptop and desktop computers -- critically important where highly sensitive information about child welfare and childcare facilities is involved.
"What's most important is that our move to virtualized desktops is not about technology, it's about the kids and our ability to deliver to our social workers the best 24/7 access to the information they need to make an informed decision to benefit a child,” said Maytee Aspuro, CIO and IT director for the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. “Unidesk was, for us, absolutely essential because, while our users' desktops are not complicated, they are personal. We knew that to get buy-in from the front lines we would need to support personal desktop experiences that meet or beat previous computing experiences."

Ohio DODD’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) initiative, also based on Unidesk and VMware technology, is part of a two-year IT private cloud/virtualization initiative designed to create a more agile infrastructure. As announced on February 28, the agency’s move to server and desktop virtualization is designed to enhance the support and services provided to over 80,000 people with developmental disabilities and their families.

"With desktop virtualization, we knew we wanted to offer a solution that did not compromise the user experience or complicate management," said Kipp Bertke, DODD Information Technology Manager. "Unidesk is an elegantly simple to use solution that allows us to tackle a whole host of complex tasks, from simplifying the delivery of our operating system and high end applications to permitting end user changes or instant desktop rollbacks -- all while giving our users a desktop experience through VMware View that's better than their traditional PCs."

Both state agencies were singled out for special recognition by the Computerworld Honors Program judges to be the best among their peers in the category of Human Services.

“Wisconsin DCF and Ohio DODD truly represent the ‘best of the best’ in state government IT for the incredible work they do in supporting and protecting children, families and the community,” said Don Bulens, Unidesk President and CEO. “We’re extremely proud of their accomplishments, and pleased to be playing a role in their desktop virtualization deployments.”

About Unidesk VDI Management Software
Unidesk is being implemented by customers such as Ohio DODD and Wisconsin DCF to expand VDI deployments to knowledge workers who require a modern, customizable desktop experience, reduce the operational costs of desktop management, and simplify desktop and application delivery. With Unidesk desktop layering technology, IT administrators can create, patch, and update all virtual desktops from a single set of independently managed operating system (OS) and application layers. All end user customizations, including data, profile settings, and user-installed applications, are captured and sustained in separate personalization layers. Unidesk dynamically merges these layers into persistent virtual desktops that are uniquely personal from each end user’s point of view, yet locked down and compliant from IT’s perspective. A natural side effect of Unidesk’s ability to share OS and application layers across many desktops is that VDI storage requirements are drastically reduced, often up to 70%. Unidesk desktops can be accessed through popular VDI access solutions such as VMware View™, Citrix® XenDesktop®, and Pano Logic.

About Unidesk Corporation
Unidesk Corporation ( provides the virtual desktop management software platform that organizations of all sizes require to successfully centralize desktops on data center servers. The company’s patent-pending desktop layering technology works with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) access solutions from VMware, Citrix, Microsoft, and other vendors to sustain personalization for workers who need a customizable user experience, while empowering IT with efficient management of operating system and application updates. Unidesk customers benefit from increased worker productivity and reduced IT operations and data center storage costs. Unidesk is a privately-held company with headquarters in Marlborough, Mass, USA.


Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

(413) 232-7057
Email >