Diamond Partner Assistant
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The Diamond Partner Assistant (DPA) is the one tool you need to create a master plan to justify a customer’s moving to Central Application Deployments and use of Thin Clients over the use of PCs with hard drives and their inherent complexity and rapid obsolesce. We call this "Thinfrastructure". The following model is a guideline to assisting your customers in executing a Thin Client strategy. The Diamond Partner Assistant guides you through the process, such as your own technical resources in building the servers with the appropriate software licenses for deploying your applications.
With the Diamond Partner Assistant you’re just five steps from a polished Total Cost of Ownership and configuration for planning/budgeting purposes:
The Microsoft Excel model works under Windows 95/98, NT 4.0, and 2000 Professional. Excel 97 and Excel 2000 are compatible for running the Diamond Partner Assistant. We recommend that you have a minimum of a 166MHz Pentium CPU, 32MB of RAM, and 5MB of free Disk space. All screens can by printed or "cut and pasted" into another file.
The TCO model is a template workbook (TCO 2.0.XlS) that is data driven from a basis workbook (TCO 2.0 Basis.XlS) which together contain the information and logic for the model. You can go between the two workbooks by selecting "Window" from Excel’s main menu and then selecting the desired workbook from the Window dropdown menu. In the basis workbook you will find that fields with a green background are changed by the model during various input and computation actions, and the fields with a blue background are manually changeable by you to allow for your specific computing requirements. If you desire to make any changes to the blue fields permanent, be sure to save the basis workbook (TCO 2.0 Basis.XlS).
Most information and data comes from years of experience and collaboration of dozens of people from Compaq, Dell, Gateway, HP, IBM, and Microsoft along with Citrix, META Group, Thin Planet, and customer experience. This program is a living model with expected improvements that reflect the changing paradigm experienced by corporations around the globe. We welcome your suggestions.
How to Get Started
After downloading the file, you need to double click on the file to expand it to three files in the directory "C:\NCD\TCO Calculator" known as TCO 2.0.XlS, TCO 2.0.Basis.XlS, and ReadMe.Doc. You load the TCO 2.0.XlS workbook file in Excel 97 or 2000. If you have macro protection enabled, click the "Enable Macros" button on the workbook contains macros warning popup. If you do not have auto-update links enabled, click the "Yes" button on the workbook contains automatic links to information in another workbook popup. This will start the model, which will be ready to use when the "Loading..." page goes away. Note that to maximize the viewable space for the model, the Full Screen viewing mode of Excel is used. Excel keeps track of the last known state of this setting. To restore Excel to Normal viewing mode, select "View" from the main menu and deselect "Full Screen" from the View dropdown menu.
You have two options at the opening screen. The first is the "Executive Summary" that goes through the screens dealing with PC versus Thin Client aspects of computing a five-year cost of ownership. It is your responsibility to enter the server information along with the client configuration. The system computes everything else giving a general idea of your cost savings for each year from implementation through 5 years. The second is a "Full Detail Model" allowing for all pages to be utilized. You can view the full disclosure by clicking on the "Next" arrow and the "Back" arrow to return at any time. All the pages can be navigated via the "Back" and "Next" arrows.
After performing an initial case, you can go back to previous pages. On page 2 you can select other versions of Microsoft, NCD, and/or Citrix software to compare server costs and sizing found on page 5 and total costs of ownership found on page 13. On page 5 you can choose the recommended server configuration or override with your choice of server vendor and model to compare server costs and sizing as well as the total costs of ownership found on page 13.
When you are done using the Diamond Partner Assistant, you may desire to restore Excel to Normal viewing mode. To do this, select "View" from the main menu and deselect "Full Screen" from the View dropdown menu. You may then either close each of the two workbooks (TCO 2.0.XlS and TCO 2.0 Basis.XlS) or just exit Excel. In either case, when Excel asks you if you want to save the changes to the workbooks, click the "No" button.
Custom versions of this model can be accomplished at two levels. The first level is found in your ability to modify the fields in the basis workbook (TCO 2.0 Basis.XlS) that contains all the data and computational logic that drives the DPA tool you are viewing. Fields with a blue background can be permanently modified for your use. The rest of the DPA is locked down to minimize operational problems. The second level is accomplished by contacting Karl DeGraff at DCB Systems Integration, Inc. (P.O. Box 2479, Tulsa, OK, 74101-2479, 918.307.0440, Support@DCBSystems.Com, http://www.dcbsystems.com/). The DPA model can be opened up for customizing the server configurations and pricing, application names and sizing, PC names and sizing, and configuration customizing, along with other additional work that you may desire.
Discussion of Light, Medium, and Heavy Users for Sizing Servers
In Page 3 you are first asked for the number of PCs running Windows 95/98, NT, and Thin Clients. Then you are asked to determine the number of users that will have access to each application. If you click the default values button on the left, you will be modeling a "Medium user" application usage mix. Should your users represent a different mix of application usage, enter the adjusted numbers to properly size the servers configured on Page 5 of the model. A good example of the three types of users to consider, which is put forth by a number of third party consultants, is:
Light users are employees who might be on the manufacturing floor, field personnel, managers who check eMail, do a small amount of Word, Excel, Browsing, and games along with accessing an Accounting system for checking on information or a short 2 or 3 page report. These employees spend about 15 to 30 percent of their day at a PC or terminal.
Medium users are employees who might be administrators, sales management, operations management, or customer service representatives who check eMail, work regularly with Microsoft Office, along with accessing accounting and client server applications. These employees spend about 40 to 60 percent of their day at a PC or terminal.
Heavy users (a.k.a., Power users) are employees who might be in a data analysis position as full users of Microsoft Office, regular use of database reporting and summaries, or use Publisher applications regularly. They typically spend 60 to 80 percent of their day using the PC or terminal and are constantly demanding bigger computers to accomplish their jobs.
Here is a table of typical values for the fields on Page 3:
While not a complete list, major areas not covered by this model are as follows:
Items at press-time that are not included or are not working in the model:
Please note that the DPA is known to only work in Excel 97 and 2000, and that Microsoft strongly recommends that all service packs be applied to Excel to ensure proper and reliable operation of Excel.
Thank you for taking a moment to read over this background information. You will notice there are a number of hot links, such as the NCD logo, to websites for further information throughout the model. Please feel free to call NCD’s help desk for further assistance or eMail us at Sales@NCD.Com.
How to Uninstall Diamond Partner Assistant
If you are no further plans to use this program and you need to clean up space on the hard disk, it can be uninstalled as follow:
In Case of Trouble
If a problem occurs, please check the following items:
If you cannot resolve the problem, you may call NCD Sales at 800.800.9500 or eMail us at Sales@NCD.Com.
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