Stockholm Saves Money Upgrading to Windows 7

The City of Stockholm is almost done with its migration to Windows 7, after less than a year since deployment was kicked off, although the entire process was initially estimated to take no less than three years.

By upgrading to Windows 7, Stockholm saves some $43 per PC per year, Microsoft revealed in a new case study detailing the benefits associated with making the jump to the software giant’s last Windows client.

Cost savings are generated by a drop in expenses related to deployment, engineering, IT service desk, Tier II and III support, and last but not least, lower energy consumption.

“The city turned to Windows 7 and began a 3-year deployment in November 2009. Now with more than 85 percent of their environment deployed in the first 9 months, they are realizing tangible benefits as outlined their total cost of ownership study,” revealed Microsoft’s Erwin Visser.

“Based on all Windows 7-related benefits measured, a 5-year business value analysis projects a $70 per PC net present value, a return on investment of 105 percent and a payback period within 12 months.”

Windows 7 allows the City of Stockholm to save money by requiring 5% less deployment costs, with the IT staff needing to considerably work less to perform desktop configuration and imaging.

Windows 7 not only is greener than its predecessors consuming less power than Windows XP or Windows Vista, but is also boosting productivity by offering enhanced performance and increased reliability evident in the drop by 11% of service desk calls.

By adopting Windows 7, the City of Stockholm enjoys annual deployment cost savings of $10 per PC, annual desktop engineering cost savings of $2 (SEK15) per PC, annual Level II/III support savings of $6 (SEK46) per PC, and annual help desk cost savings of $22 per (SEK171) per PC, Microsoft emphasized.

"The transformation of our PC desktop infrastructure into a Windows 7-based environment has yielded significant benefits in terms of agility, improved desktop reliability and stability, and readily controllable IT costs,” added Anette Holm, CIO, City of Stockholm.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Release Candidate (RC) Build 7601.17105.100929-1730 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Release Candidate (RC) Build 7601.17105.100929-1730 are available for download here.

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