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Geosynthetics Has Productivity Gains of More Than 200 Hours per Year with Windows® 7 Professional - Case Study


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Geosynthetics Has Productivity Gains of More Than 200 Hours per Year with Windows® 7 Professional - Case Study

  1. 1. Windows 7 Customer Solution Case Study Geosynthetics Has Productivity Gains of More Than 300 Hours per Year with Windows ® 7Overview “Windows 7 helps our employees work faster,Country or Region: UKIndustry: Geotextiles smarter, and more efficiently.” Justin Bates, IT Manager, Geosynthetics Ltd.Customer ProfileGeosynthetics is a leading geotextiledistributor in the UK, offering solutions tothe construction industry. Geosynthetics is a leading geotextile distributor in the UK, offeringBusiness SituationGeosynthetics needed a solution that market-leading soil stabilization, erosion control, drainage, andwould enable employees to be efficient environmental protection solutions to the construction industry.with their time and give them instantaccess to the information they need. Established in 1998, Geosynthetics has supported some of the largest and most high-profile projects in the region, includingSolutionBy deploying Windows 7, Geosynthetics Heathrow Terminal 5, and Manchester Airport Runway 2.was able to speed up its businessprocesses, improve employee productivity,and increase speed and access to Customers choose Geosynthetics because of on-time delivery ofinformation. materials within a 24-hour window. Geosynthetics’ valueBenefits proposition depends on an efficient, effective supply chain. The Employee productivity bust - more than company depends on its computing systems to successfully meet 300 hrs/yr ~50% better battery life customer needs. ~50% faster documentation process By deploying the Windows® 7 Professional operating system, Geosynthetics was able to increase the speed of everyday tasks, improve employee productivity, and facilitate easier access to information.
  2. 2. Situation reliability and speed, and were working hard Geosynthetics provides geotextiles to the UK to get it right and to get it ready,” says Steve construction industry, a market niche that Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft. demands on-time product delivery against very aggressive schedules. To meet customer Benefits needs, Geosynthetics depends on an extremely efficient and highly reliable supply Improving Productivity chain based on individual employee Today, Geosynthetics’ users get more done in productivity. It needs a solution that enables less time by working smarter and more employees to be efficient with their time and intuitively with Windows 7. With Aero® gives them instant access to the information Enhancements, users can instantly arrange they need to get their jobs done. windows side-by-side, making it easier to compare, copy, and paste information According to Justin Bates, IT manager of between documents. They can also minimize, Geosynthetics, uptime and availability are or maximize viewing windows with just a crucial. “Our customers often call to place an keystroke or a mouse gesture, eliminating order on Friday and require delivery on time-consuming mouse clicks and key Monday morning,” he says. “If our employees strokes. They can quickly navigate through do not have access to our system, we’re dead multiple documents without losing data. in the water. It is incredibly important that we minimize downtime and search time by all Using the Libraries feature to catalogue the means necessary.” network drives holding customer information, quotes, and technical specifications in To meet aggressive timelines while ensuring conjunction with the new Instant Search Box flawless execution, Geosynthetics was has dramatically reduced the time spent looking for ways to speed up their business trawling for information. According to Bates, processes, improve employee productivity this feature alone saves each salesperson and increase speed and access to about 40 minutes a day. information. They found what they needed with Windows 7. According to Bates, Windows productivity“I believe Windows will features have made a significant impact onremain at the center of Solution work efficiency across the company’s In 2009, Geosynthetics began migrating its business. Everyday tasks such as searching,peoples technological computers to Windows 7. Windows 7 finding, resizing, and arranging documentssolar system. Were eliminates costly downtime as users wait less for data comparison used to take a long time, for boot, resume and launch. Employees get but now these processes take just seconds.putting in all the right more done in less time as new productivityingredients: simplicity, features make it easy to capture business “It used to take 2-3 minutes to set up processes that improve efficiency, and speed documents on-screen for side-by-sidereliability and speed, and up everyday tasks. Users stay more comparison, and at least 2-3 minutes towere working hard to get productive even on the road with longer search for files on the network drives. Each of battery life and faster access. us performs these tasks more than ten timesit right and to get it a day,” reports Bates. ”With Aeroready.” “I believe Windows® will remain at the center Enhancements and the new Instant Search of peoples technological solar system. Were Box, it takes seconds, and this saves us moreSteve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer, putting in all the right ingredients: simplicity, than 320 hours annually.”Microsoft Corporation
  3. 3. “We are now consistently Increasing Access to Information According to Bates, Problem Steps Recorder Battery life is critical to working effectively in makes documenting business processes and getting 7.5 hours plus of a mobile environment, and Windows Power procedures a snap. “In the past, documenting battery life on our mobile Management enables Geosynthetics to get procedures required hand-written notes, then more life out its laptop batteries. Power- input into a Word document,” recalls Bates. PCs with Windows 7.” saving enhancements include decreasing idle “With the new Problem Steps Recorder we Justin Bates, IT Manager, Geosynthetics Ltd. time for the processor and more efficient can do it in a matter of minutes, and it’s power use. Adaptive Display Brightness dims delivered in a slideshow format in a single the display if the computer has not been mhtml file that is much easier for people to used for a while, saving valuable hours of absorb than plain written text.” battery life. Says Bates, “We are now consistently getting 7.5 hours plus of battery In addition, Windows 7 is helping life on our mobile PCs with Windows 7.” Geosynthetics differentiate itself from its competitors by improving business efficiency. Increasing Speed of Business Processes Core mobility and productivity features have The first step in increasing business significantly sped up business processes, efficiency is making it easy for employees to enabling the company to meet even the most focus on their core business. Processes and aggressive delivery schedules. procedures are extremely important to the success of Geosynthetics’ business. In order “Geosynthetics is the market leader because to capture orders correctly, move them we deliver the right product to the right through the supply chain efficiently, and location at precisely the right time – always,” ensure on-time delivery, every person in the says Bates. “We can do that because chain must understand and execute business Windows 7 helps our employees work faster, processes correctly and precisely. smarter, and more efficiently.” The Windows 7 Problem Steps Recorder makes it simple to capture business processes for use in manuals and online“In the past, documenting training systems. It captures a detailed, screen-by-screen recording of the process,procedures required hand- and then enables easy updates and editswritten notes, then input later.into a Word document. Withthe new Problem StepsRecorder we can do it in amatter of minutes, and it’sdelivered in a slideshowformat in a single mhtml filethat is much easier forpeople to absorb than plainwritten text.”Justin Bates, IT Manager, Geosynthetics Ltd.
  4. 4. For More Information Windows 7For more information about Microsoft Faster and more reliable: Windows 7 willproducts and services, call the Microsoft help your organization use informationSales Information Center at (800) 426- technology to gain a competitive advantage in9400. In Canada, call the Microsoft today’s new world of work. Your people will beCanada Information Centre at (877) 568- able to be more productive anyway. You will2495. Customers who are deaf or hard-of- be able to support your mobile work forcehearing can reach Microsoft text telephone with better access to shared data and(TTY/TDD) services at (800) 892-5234 in collaboration tools. And your IT staff will havethe United States or (905) 568-9641 in better tools and technologies to enhanceCanada. Outside the 50 United States and corporate IT security, data protection, andCanada, please contact your local more efficient deployment and management.Microsoft subsidiary. To access informationusing the World Wide Web, go to: For more information about Windows 7, go more information about BMS DigitalSolutions Ltd products and services, call+44 (0) 845 6580442 or visit the Web siteat: more information about GeosyntheticsLimited products and services, call 01455617139 or visit the Web site Software and Services  Products − Windows 7 Professional© 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. This casestudy is for informational purposes only. MICROSOFT MAKES NOWARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN THIS SUMMARY.Microsoft®, Windows® and Aero® are either registeredtrademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in theUnited States and/or other countries. All other trademarks areproperty of their respective owners.Document published June 2009