TCO

Consultancy Lowers TCO, Gains Efficiencies via Unified Desktop Security & Management

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With operations in 36 countries, Logica provides information technology and business consulting services to clients worldwide. The company’s operations in France support a quarter of the total employees and manage some of the largest clients in Europe. Logica had multiple security vendors, each with a discrete infrastructure, making it difficult and inefficient to protect users. The company was eager to consolidate its IT infrastructure and gain tighter control over its assets. In 2010, Logica began upgrading their desktop security solution to Microsoft® Forefront® Endpoint Protection 2010 and System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to gain greater operational efficiencies via convergence of desktop security and management. Through this upgrade, Logica expects to increase system protection, improve reporting insights, and reduce systems ownership cost; resulting in U.S.$165,000 annual savings.

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SQL Server ROI and TCO Business Value Discussion Tool

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The SQL Server 2008 ROI & TCO Discussion Tool is a sales aid based on Microsoft Office Excel® spreadsheet software that uses a scenario (“what-if”) approach to estimate potential costs and benefits that companies may experience by deploying SQL Server 2008, or the potential cost savings compared to a competitive alternative.

The tool provides a discussion framework and is designed to stimulate conversation regarding the potential costs and benefits of deploying SQL Server 2008. All inputs can be changed to estimate benefit and cost data.

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Large School District Weighs TCO of Microsoft Office System

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In response to deepening budget challenges, Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) sought to reduce IT related expenses. OCPS conducted a study to compare the total cost of ownership (TCO) of different productivity suite software alternatives, in particular the 2007 Microsoft® Office system and open source software (OSS) alternatives such as StarOffice 9 and OpenOffice 3.1. The study found that while OCPS could save a great deal in upfront software license costs by migrating to OSS software instead of Office 2007, the initial savings were offset by vendor support costs and other IT labor costs associated with deploying, supporting, and maintaining the OSS software. According to the study, these additional costs would contribute to a nearly 30% increase in direct costs for an OSS software alternative over Microsoft Office. When educator and administrator downtime and productivity costs are considered, the gap between the 2007 Office system and OSS alternatives widens further.

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Helping Explore for Diamonds with Enhanced IT Security and Improved TCO

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De Beers India Private Limited wants to improve the management, mobility, and security for its desktops and notebooks running on Windows® XP SP2. A pilot deployment and a business value case study conducted by IDC showed how upgrading De Beers’ PCs to Windows Vista™ would provide the desired benefits while reducing TCO.

The identified IT savings of U.S.$115 per PC annually in reduced IT support costs and user labor are calculated as follows:

IT labor is projected to decrease by 10 percent or $73 per PC
User labor is expected to decrease by 27 percent or $42 per PC
Based on an estimated IT labor cost for Windows Vista deployment of $13 per PC (assuming DeBeers uses its existing hardware refresh cycle to upgrade to Windows Vista), IDC estimates that De Beers will realize a Return On Investment of 509 percent and a payback period of 4 months.

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