Elan Public Transport Consultancy Saves More than 400 Hours Annually with Windows 7 Professional
Windows 7 Customer Solution Case Study Elan Public Transport Consultancy Saves More than 400 Hours Annually with Windows® 7Overview “With Windows 7 systems are up and running inCountry or Region: UKIndustry: Public Transportation seconds. It’s fantastic time saving!”Consultancy John Henshall, Senior Transport Analyst, Elan Public Transport ConsultancyCustomer ProfileElan Public Transport provides a broadrange of transit planning, IT, and Elan Public Transport is an independent consultancy providingengineering services for transportation research, transport planning, and IT solutions for large-scaleagencies in the UK, Ireland and the MiddleEast. transport agencies throughout the UK and the Middle East, all of whom choose Elan because it delivers innovative, leading-edge,Business SituationElan needed to find a solution that would “green” solutions.improve its business efficiency whilestaying true to its own core philosophy ofreducing carbon footprint. Elan is a small company serving organizations with over a thousand employees, which makes it imperative to look for ways to leverageSolutionBy deploying Windows 7, Elan was able to IT to match the efficiency of its customers. “We live and breathesignificantly increase its business efficiency innovation, efficiency, and a green mentality,” says John Henshall,while reducing its carbon footprint. Senior Transport Analyst at Elan. “That is why transport agenciesBenefits choose us.” Better system performance saves ~400 hours annually ~50 hours per year freed up by In 2009, the company saw an opportunity to increase its own personnel productivity improvements Reduced Carbon footprint business efficiency while reducing its carbon footprint with the Windows® 7 Professional operating system. It was a decision that paid off in business value.
Situation Windows 7 also comes with improved mobile Since Elan’s services are designed to improve connectivity features that enable users to productivity, efficiency, and profitability for its find new networks and printers instantly. It clients, it is very important that the company even allows users to control all mobility operates at the highest levels in each of settings from a single location – a significant these categories. “We may be a small firm, advantage for Elan’s workers when they are but that doesn’t matter to our clients. If we on the go. Improved power and resource don’t operate at the highest levels of management, help reduce power efficiency, how can we expect our clients to consumption, making it a perfect for the trust that our solutions will improve their Elan’s “green” focus. efficiency and profitability?” says Henshall. Benefits In 2009, Elan began researching solutions that would improve its business efficiency Speeding up Access and productivity, while staying true to its own System speed was a particular pain point for core philosophy of reducing its carbon Elan, because employees were experiencing footprint. According to Henshall, it found the waits of five minutes or more during boot up, solution it needed with Windows 7. shut down, and resume from standby. Windows 7 helps make PCs faster, more Solution reliable, and more responsive. Elan Public Transport deployed Windows 7 to its computers, and saw results immediately. Windows 7 sFaster focuses on the basics that Since Windows 7 is a faster, more intuitive can impact the speed of the system, so and more flexible operating system, users systems start up, shut down, resume, and spend less time waiting for systems to respond faster. “With previous operating respond and more time working on vital systems, our employees often waited five business tasks, whether on the road or in the minutes each time they booted up or shut“[Windows 7 offers] a office. down. That added to 15-20 minutes ofsmaller OS footprint; an downtime every day,” says Henshall. “With “[Windows 7 offers] a smaller OS footprint; an Windows 7 systems are up and running inimproved user interface improved user interface that should allow for seconds. It’s fantastic time saving!”that should allow for faster faster boot-up and shut-down times; improved power management for enhanced Improving Productivityboot-up and shut-down battery life; enhanced media capabilities; and Windows 7 makes businesses more efficienttimes; improved power increased reliability, stability and security,” by helping make employees more productive. says Brad Brooks, Corporate Vice President, New Aero® desktop personalization simplifiesmanagement for Windows Consumer Product Marketing. everyday tasks so employees can spendenhanced battery life; more time on their core business. Aero Windows 7 helps increase business efficiency “Snap” enables users to place windows side-enhanced media by speeding up access to information. by-side for simultaneous viewing. “Shake”capabilities; and increased Systems start-up and resume faster, lets users shake background windows to significantly reducing costly downtime, while make them disappear, and “Peek” makesreliability, stability and productivity enhancements speed up windows transparent so users can easily seesecurity.” everyday tasks associated with business what’s on the desktop. Taskbar processes, and enable users to access files,Brad Brooks, Corporate Vice President, folders, and applications in seconds.Windows Consumer Product Marketing,Microsoft Corporation
“In our business, we often personalization enables users to take “The new mobility and resource advantage of Jump Lists to see which files management functions are enabling us toneed to locate and applications they’ve used recently by work more efficiently while conservinginformation such as simply clicking on the taskbar icons. power,” says Henshall. “That’s good for profitability, and very good for our carbonresearch findings or Windows 7 Desktop Search makes finding footprint.”engineering specifications important files, folders, and applications easier and faster. With Instant Search, users Gaining a Competitive Edgefrom a year or two back. find what they’re looking for in seconds by Windows 7 is freeing up time and resourcesThat can be a time- typing in a search phrase. The search engine that Elan can use to better serve its clients. scours the entire PC, network, and even the Idle time has been reduced and employeeconsuming task to do Internet to locate the right file or application. productivity enhanced – all while reducingmanually. With Search, we “In our business, we often need to locate power consumption. According to Henshall, information such as research findings or Elan’s customers expect efficiency and ahave the information in an transport planning models from a year or two small footprint from it – that’s why theyinstant. It saves us at back,” says Henshall. “That can be a time- choose Elan for their transportation consuming task to do manually. With Search, consultancy needs.least an hour each week we have the information in an instant. Itin productive time.” saves us at least an hour each week in What may be the biggest benefit of Windows productive time.” 7 is that it enables Elan to look like a bigJohn Henshall, Senior Transport Analyst, Elan company, while preserving the agility andPublic Transport Consultancy Staying Mobile, Going Green responsiveness of a small company. “The Windows 7 also comes with improved efficiency improvements we’ve realized due mobility features that enable users to work to Windows 7 have been incredible. Windows more intuitively and seamlessly between 7 also gives us the speed and functionality of office, home, and the mobile world by a large company, without the overhead. We providing instant access to the right networks can remain small, while responding even and printers, and by enabling longer battery faster to our customers. That gives us life on the road while reducing power competitive advantage over other bigger, consumption in the office. slower firms.” Windows 7 Power Management features, such as adaptive display brightness, which“The new mobility and dims the display if the system has been onresource management for a while, extends battery life, while Mobility Center gives user a single location to controlfunctions are enabling us all mobility settings such as presentationto work more efficiently settings, and settings to extend the desktop to mobile devices.while conserving power.That’s good forprofitability, and very goodfor our carbon footprint.”John Henshall, Senior Transport Analyst, ElanPublic Transport Consultancy