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How to Choose Remote Desktop Services

November 7th, 2013 by Adam Prattler

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One need not feel lost in the abundance of remote desktop software that is found strewn around everywhere. Before exploring the possibilities, get down to the business of evaluating your needs and arrive at a tangible plan.

1. First Evaluation

If you have just one computer installed in your house or office and want to access it while you are away, simple and rudimentary tools are available that enable you to connect with the computer. However, if more number of computers, say a dozen, are involved, efficient remote desktop services is the solution.

If you have a large number of computers, like in the range of 1000s, installing “Enterprise” editions is the best way. The remote desktop services make use of different platforms some of which are Windows PCs or Macs. These are also the platforms used in mobile phones like iPhone and Blackberry. The service providers give you a software program to support a particular platform.

2. Evaluate the Programs

Do not rush into things. Of all the programs, some may suit your needs to a large degree. Do not, however, purchase it in a hurry. Wait until you find the perfect match, which you will. The various parameters like specifications and price need to be given the once over. There is no harm in getting an expert to look at things.

While all vendors promise prompt after sale service and in deed, provide it, it is the quality of service that matters. Are there free updates?  There is no need to pay for updates.  Does the technical service come without any hidden costs or strings attached? Consider all these factors before the purchase is affected.

3. Opinions of Others

Seek guidance of friends and acquaintances including business associates. IT professionals are the best consultants.  Discuss with the actual users to find out the advantages or adverse aspects of the system they use. Ask them for recommendation.  Visit various relevant forums to find out the current trend. A warning here: remember to take the suggestions and advice in the forums with a pinch of salt; you may be the subject of easy vulnerability in the eyes of some pranksters.

4. Try it Out on Your Own

Hunt for a link that might allow download of software for a trial or at least a demo program of a remote desktop service.  When you are satisfied with a program, do not go the whole hog and order the software to be used in all your computers.

Purchase only a few copies and use them for a reasonable period during which you can fairly make sure that it is the best program you can lay your hands on. When you are absolutely sure, you may purchase all you want.

5.  The Feasibility Factor

The program should be easy enough to learn. There are software that are superb in their performance but given to taking too much time to get itself accustomed to the workers. Operators might cause costly delays by using a largely unwieldy  program. This will sure result in some serious implications for the company. A judicial mixture of brilliance and feasibility is what is called for.

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