Application management\u2014provisioning, delivering, and updating end users\u2019 apps \u2014can be a challenge for many organizations. Whether you\u2019re still managing physical desktops or you\u2019ve made the switch to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), the difficulties associated with application management are real. Application management is resource intensive for IT staff, it can significantly impact the end-user experience, and\u2014quite honestly\u2014the work never stops.\nYou\u2019re tasked with creating different master images for HR, Finance, and every user group that needs a specific set of applications. And then you have to maintain those images forever. If you\u2019ve got a dozen images, every time you patch or update, you\u2019ve got a lot of work to do. There\u2019s got to be a better way. Fortunately, the area of application management continues to evolve, and VMware\u2019s App Volumes has made some significant leaps forward in terms of streamlining the end-user experience and increasing IT manageability.\nWe\u2019ve come a long way since the old days of rolling out applications PC by PC. The arrival of virtualization simplified things greatly\u2014but even with VDI, you\u2019ve traditionally been limited to two different types of virtual desktops: persistent and non-persistent (also called floating desktops). The former offers great personalization, giving users the same desktop every time they log in and enabling them to add their own applications and customize as they please. The downside is that IT has to provision lots of desktops, and that takes time and resources. Floating desktops, on the other hand, provide a new desktop every time a user logs in and then wipe all data after the session is terminated. That\u2019s great from an IT perspective, because it reduces the management burden and improves security, but the user experience suffers due to lack of personalization. What if you could combine the best of both worlds and get an application management solution that delivers an exceptional user experience without sacrificing manageability? That\u2019s where VMware App Volumes comes in. App Volumes dynamically delivers applications in real time. It\u2019s called push-button application delivery, but I actually like to call it \u201capplication injection.\u201d Here\u2019s how it works: upon login, applications are delivered based on the user and user group. So users get a desktop with all the personalization they want, and they get an injection of all the applications that are appropriate for them. When a user from a different user group logs in, they might see a completely different application set. App Volumes enables IT to give an\u00a0 application stack to the user based on the applications that they need. You can manage not only IT sets of applications, but also the users that have rights to install applications. App Volume solves user installed apps problems by giving the user (if authorized) a writeable app stack to install their owns applications in. This solves a lot of problems with application management, allowing organizations to create a stateless desktop that combines the best of persistent and non-persistent solutions. When a user logs in, he gets his files, settings, IT apps, and his own apps in a new desktop. Now, when a user calls into the help desk and says, \u201cHey, I need this application for a project I\u2019m working on,\u201d IT can inject that app in real time. In, literally, 3 to 4 seconds, the application pops up while the desktop is still running. It\u2019s a pretty incredible technology, and it highlights just how rapidly the area of application management is maturing.\nIf you\u2019ve been wondering about virtualization and what it can do for your organization, now\u2019s a great time to get started. The experts at PC Connection can help you discover how the latest end-user computing technologies work in real-world environments. Whether you want to schedule an assessment, install a Proof of Concept Appliance (PoCA) in your facility, or see a demo in our Customer Briefing Center, we can give you all the information and guidance you need to make an informed end-user computing investment.