Windows 7 business insights

This is the first in a new series of  Windows 7 Business Insights features, exploring the ways in which Windows 7 can assist with business issues such as productivity, value, manageability and security.

A major issue for IT decision makers is budget, so this fortnight we’re taking a look at how Windows 7 can help your total cost of ownership (TCO) and value. As the case studies below show, a large number of companies including BAA and Baker Tilly, and the Information Systems Division for the Isle of Man, have made huge savings by moving to Windows 7.

BAA simplifies with Windows 7 to slash a third off IT costs” CIO Philip Langsdale – read the full story here.

Baker Tilly  had total direct IT savings of $191 per PC per year -18% reduction of PC management costs and reduced labour needed to  build or re-image PCs  by 2 hours per PC, or 50%.- Simon Harding-Rolls, IT Manager. Case study

By upgrading to Windows 7, the Information Systems Division of the Isle of Man was able to save £64,000 annually in energy costs. “Isle of Man is a small community, so that is a tremendous savings for us” Peter Clark, Chief Technology Officer. Case study

E.ON – “With Windows 7, E.ON expects to cut operating costs by up to 30%, reduce licensing costs by up to 15%, engage security management, and reduce system maintenance.” - Heinz Koehler, Vice President of Infrastructure. Case study

How does Microsoft technology help to reduce TCO? 

Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack (MDOP) reduces burden on your helpdesk. This short video demonstrates one of the six core technologies of MDOP - Desktop Error Monitoring (DEM) that helps you easily gain insight into application and operating system failures that cause PCs to hang or crash. DEM can enable your helpdesk to be more proactive in managing PC problems without installing an agent to the endpoint.

The power management features of Windows 7 help you to save money by giving you the option to configure the PCs on your network to save energy. See the step-by-step guide here.

Use this Windows 7 ROI tool to help assess the current PC TCO and the potential benefits of implementing Windows 7, such as lower costs, improved service levels and increased business productivity.

If you would like to find more information about the cost saving that you can make by moving to Windows 7, have a look at this Optimised Desktop white paper. Visit Springboard for resources your technical team can leverage to make the move even easier.

Next fortnight’s Windows 7 business insight will focus on deployment.

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