The prospect of moving hundreds, or even thousands, of users to a virtual environment can be daunting. And complicated. And expensive.

But with the right data, it’s possible to eliminate a lot of uncertainty and chart a clear path to success.

Knowing what organizations have, need, and want to achieve makes all the difference in a smooth transition to Microsoft's Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure. And being able to monitor progress and track results helps prevent headaches and inflating costs later on.

"Cost-Effective WVD Planning, Migration, and Monitoring" — a recent webinar presented by Lakeside Software's Ben Murphy, senior director of product management — explored a few of the challenges in starting, deploying, or running a WVD project, as well as data-driven strategies and solutions that can support enterprises and their users along the way.

Bar graph showing where webinar poll respondents are in their WVD journey.

A majority of webinar poll respondents were in the assessment and evaluation phase of their Windows Virtual Desktop project.

"Windows Virtual Desktop has ushered in an era where desktop as a service (DaaS) has finally come into its own," Murphy said during the webinar. But to fully reap the benefits of virtualized desktops and apps, IT teams need to gather and analyze data to carefully assess needs, find the right fit for users, streamline the transition, and cut unnecessary expenses throughout the WVD journey.

So where does this data come from? How can it be analyzed? Why is it necessary? And how does it fit into normal day-to-day operations?

Here are a few webinar highlights to help answer those questions.