Prism Consulting has released a new Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis of desktop anti-malware. The summary of the 21- page report states:
Value Prism Consulting, a management consulting and financial analysis firm, conducted a survey, measuring TCO changes with eight organizations that switched to Forefront Client Security. Survey participants estimated an average of $24.00 in savings per desktop based on reduced IT security response time. Although not quantified, significant end-user productivity gains have also been realized by several organizations. Overall, participants experienced 85% fewer security issues after installing the solution. Several of the participating organizations encountered significant IT administration benefits of an additional $7.50 per desktop. In addition, participants expect significant benefits from Forefront Client Security's unique reporting and control features. Initial investment costs for the companies averaged $16.50 per desktop. These Forefront Client Security deployment costs included deployment effort as well as additional software and hardware costs incurred.
Enterprise users interviewed for the report cited FCS's superior protection as a key reason for the improved TCO:
"We were not well-protected against spyware or malware," said Markus Kleinen, Managing Director at Konnex. Performance problems were another issue. "The [previous] solution took a lot of time to scan computers, which slowed things down for employees."
Forefront Client Security provides an integrated solution. "As a financial institution, we have a need for machines to be 'well protected' for our own business, as well as for government compliance," said Ken Ong Kok Keng, System Engineer at PhillipCapital, a financial services firm in Singapore. "Forefront Client Security will help protect our desktop PCs from viruses and spyware."
Companies interviewed experienced significant cost savings in security response management - based on both reduced issues and reduced cost handling for each issue. Right away, customers started seeing improved security - several participants commented on the number of issues undetected by the previous security software that were identified during the first Forefront Client Security scan.