Deeper Search Capabilities and Productivity Tools of Windows 7 Professional Add Value to Amexus Informationstechnik (an IT Developer Partner)


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Deeper Search Capabilities and Productivity Tools of Windows 7 Professional Add Value to Amexus Informationstechnik (an IT Developer Partner)

  1. 1. Windows 7 Customer Solution Case Study Deeper Search Capabilities and Productivity Tools Add Value to IT Developer-PartnerOverview “Federated Search now provides a single interface toCountry or Region: GermanyIndustry: IT Consulting, Professional search deep into SharePoint sites, something thatServices was not possible before. Windows 7 adds value to ourCustomer Profile SharePoint users.”amexus Informationstechnik GmbH & Co. Markus Bütterhoff, Consultant, amexus Informationstechnik GmbH & Co. KGKG is an IT consultant in the Ahaus,Germany area. It has 10 employees and isthe small business consulting unit of itsparent company. amexus Informationstechnik is an IT consultant and softwareBusiness Situation developer located in Ahaus, Germany. Its small business consultingamexus’ three main business challengesinclude getting work done faster, having unit services businesses in Austria and Switzerland as well. As amore reliable technology and discoveringbetter search solutions that enhance Microsoft® Gold Certified Partner, it has been invited to participatedevelopment services. in an invitation-only Windows® 7 Professional pre-launch programSolution called Ignite. The purpose of Ignite is to provide early feedback fromWindows 7 features, such as FederatedSearch, add value to amexus SharePoint amexus and selected customers. amexus looks to new technologydevelopment offerings. Navigation andconnection tools speed workflow and to help address its three main business challenges: getting workoverall productivity. done faster, having more reliable technology and discovering betterBenefits search solutions that enhance development services. The IT firm is Deeper Searches Supports SharePoint Development discovering vigorous new features such as Federated Search, Aero® Better Navigation, Fewer Clicks desktop experience, Bluetooth® Pairing and IE 8 translation Faster Network, Bluetooth, Presentation Connections capabilities that are adding value to its core business while IE 8 Supports Efficient Finding and enhancing workflow. Translation Needs Solid Windows 7 Sales Expected
  2. 2. SituationStarted in 1992, amexus Informationstechnik Mobility Centeris a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner located When amexus users click the Windows keyin Ahaus, North Rhine Westphalia (Germany), +P, they can quickly choose severalwith two branch offices that service a 50 km presentation options that rapidly connect aarea around Ahaus. Its small business computer with a projector or meeting roomcustomer unit services clients located in display.Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The firmdelivers IT solutions based on Microsoft Resume, Bootproducts, especially Microsoft SharePoint®, In most cases, Windows 7 delivers faster bootMicrosoft Exchange and Microsoft Windows® and resume times from sleep mode,Server. The amexus small business unit has decreasing amexus user wait time. Trigger10 employees and a like number of PCs. Start Services in the underlying technology allow for efficient invoking of a variety ofThe company’s main business challenges fall features and services.into three areas: speed, reliability andsearching. “Getting work done more quickly Bluetooth Pairingmeans more profits and satisfied customers,” This wizard makes finding and connectingcomments Markus Bütterhoff, consultant, with a Bluetooth device easier. Windows 7amexus Informationstechnik GmbH & Co. KG. also supports Bluetooth 2.1 and UltraHe adds, “Having computers and Wideband (UWB).infrastructure that can be counted on iscritical to amexus’ business. Finding files in Federated Searchpreviously unsearchable locations such as This functionality enables users on theSharePoint, for example, has been impossible amexus network to find information—in the past.” including pictures and videos on local computers, as well as the local network andIn addition, amexus’ customers have been Internet. Search capabilities are deeper andslow to adopt new operating systems like more comprehensive.Windows Vista® because of the hardware anddeployment costs. A few clients tried Internet Explorer 8Windows Vista but soon became frustrated Accelerators, Web Slices and the Translationwith features like User Account Control (UAC), capability in Internet Explorer 8 allow amexuswhich they viewed as interrupting workflow. users to more efficiently research websites and blogs from different countries.Solutionamexus is finding several features in BenefitsWindows 7 that are helping it operate more Deeper Searches Supports SharePointefficiently. Development One of the specialty development areas forNetwork Connection Wizard amexus is creating powerful SharePoint sitesNetwork Connection Wizard provides easier for its customers. According to Bütterhoff,desktop connection to wireless, VPN and LAN because Federated Search can now searchnetworks. For amexus, this means engineers SharePoint sites, the custom developmentcan more quickly identify all network work amexus does for clients usingconnection options within a single window. SharePoint has become even more valuable. “Federated Search now provides a single
  3. 3. interface to search deep into SharePoint money and have a familiar interface,” saidsites, something that was not possible Bütterhoff.before. Windows 7 adds value to ourSharePoint users.” Another type of connection that is faster with Windows 7 is linking a computer to a Better Navigation, Fewer Clicks projector. “Mobility Center allows us toOne of the capabilities amexus computer quickly extend the desktop to a projector inexperts look for in new software is its ability staff or client meetings. Simply clicking on theto save time and deliver more productivity. Windows key +P enables the feature,” said“Better navigation is about fewer clicks,” Bütterhoff. “It’s simple and fast.”noted Bütterhoff. “Shake, Snap, Jump Listsand Taskbar Pinning are small Windows 7 Internet Explorer 8 Supports Efficientfeatures with big benefits. We are more Finding and Translation Needsproductive with these new tools.” According to Bütterhoff, the new IE 8 Accelerator and Web Slice features helpThe Windows 7 feature that also delivers on amexus users as they research products andthe productivity promise is Trigger Start information on websites and blogs. “The IE 8Services. It is responsible for faster computer translation feature is very helpful since theavailability. “Trigger Start Services in information can be in several differentWindows 7 means faster boot, resume and languages.”shut down times. On other machines, Isometimes skipped finishing up projects Solid Windows 7 Sales Expectedbecause it took too much time to boot up “We think the acceptance of Windows 7again,” said Bütterhoff. among our customers will be high. This wasn’t the case with Windows Vista,” saidFaster Network, Bluetooth, Presentation Bütterhoff. “There are so many time-savingConnections features in the new OS that we are expectingWindows 7 Network Connection Wizard saves most customers won’t be able to resistthe connection credentials of every network migrating.”amexus users need, noted Bütterhoff. “Itspeeds up the connection process so I don’thave to think about it anymore. It lets mefocus on the customer’s problem rather thana connection problem.”Faster Bluetooth connections are also nowpossible. In previous operating systems, itoften took Bütterhoff a long time to connectwireless devices. “For example, a simplewireless mouse could take one to twominutes because of a number of dialogboxes. Now, with Windows 7 this task takesperhaps 20 seconds to complete.”“Another benefit of better built-in Bluetoothcapability is that we don’t have to use a third-party software tool any longer. We save
  4. 4. For More Information Windows 7For more information about Microsoft Faster and more reliable: Windows 7 will helpproducts and services, call the Microsoft your organization use information technologySales Information Center at (800) 426- to gain a competitive advantage in today’s9400. In Canada, call the Microsoft new world of work. Your people will be able toCanada Information Centre at (877) 568- be more productive anyway. You will be able2495. Customers who are deaf or hard-of- to support your mobile work force with betterhearing can reach Microsoft text telephone access to shared data and collaboration(TTY/TDD) services at (800) 892-5234 in tools. And your IT staff will have better toolsthe United States or (905) 568-9641 in and technologies to enhance corporate ITCanada. Outside the 50 United States and security, data protection, and more efficientCanada, please contact your local deployment and management.Microsoft subsidiary. To access informationusing the World Wide Web, go to: For more information about Windows 7, go more information about amexusInformationstechnik products and services,call 025 61/93 030, or visit the Web Software and Services Hardware  Products  Lenovo − Microsoft Windows 7 Professional  HP − Microsoft Windows Vista Professional − Microsoft Office® 2007 Professional − Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer − Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 − Microsoft Windows Live Messenger® − Microsoft Windows Live Writer − Microsoft ForeFront™ Virtual PC 2007 − Microsoft Virtual PC vNextThis case study is for informational purposes only. MICROSOFTMAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN THISSUMMARY.Document published May 2009