As part of a comprehensive modernization project, Underwriters Laboratories’ IT organization is developing a state-of-the-art productivity environment that demands the performance capabilities of leading-edge PCs. To give all employees the benefits of the new environment, IT needed to upgrade users from Microsoft Windows* XP to Windows* 7 and either replace or retrofit nearly two-thirds of the company’s PCs. After calculating the costs of labor and parts to upgrade older systems, IT found it could save an estimated USD 1 million over three years—and support critical business goals—by replacing them with new PCs based on the Intel® Core™ i5 vPro™ processor.
IT replaced 90 percent of the company’s PCs within a year and increased the share of laptops from 70 to 90 percent. The company chose Lenovo ThinkPad* T410 and X Series* laptops powered by the Intel Core i5 and i7 vPro processors. UL’s field service engineers, its heaviest users and most frequent travelers, received laptops with Intel® Solid State Drives for enhanced performance and reliability.
“There’s hardly a day that goes by, and certainly not a week, where we’re not hearing from our colleagues how much better the technology is, how much more effective they are in doing their jobs, and ultimately how much more effective as an enterprise we are in fulfilling our mission,” explained Christian Anschuetz, chief information officer for Underwriters Laboratories.
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