Indian Architecture Firm Improves Productivity with Windows® 7 Professional - Case Study
Windows 7 Customer Solution Case Study Indian Architecture Firm Improves Productivity with Windows ® 7Overview “Our entire team is very pleased with the performanceCountry or Region: Bangalore, IndiaIndustry: Architecture & Design of Windows 7. It’s fast, it’s more stable, and it doesn’t require as much memory.”Customer Profile Priya Ravishankar, Senior Architect, IdiconHeadquartered in Bangalore, Idicon SpaceDesigns is a full-service architecture anddesign firm specializing in corporate,residential, and commercial projects. Based in Bangalore, India, Idicon Space Designs is a full-serviceBusiness Situation architecture and design firm. Since its launch in 1998, theIdicon needed a more resource-efficient company has served a wide range of clients, including corporate,operating system that could handle itsgraphic-heavy applications and files, while residential, and commercial. They also provide landscaping, retailallowing for easy data sharing and design, urban planning, and project management services.backups.Solution Idicon employs a staff of 20 architects, designers, engineers, andWith Windows 7, Idicon was able to runapplications more smoothly, share files project managers, and runs 7-10 PCs. In addition to its mainamong co-workers, protect data integrity, Bangalore office, Idicon also operates satellite offices in Gurgaon,and boost PC memory, while enjoyinginterface optimizations. Hyderabad, and Chennai to expand its cross-country reach. The company relies on a freelance IT professional for technical support.Benefits Improved productivity Significantly better system performance By deploying the Windows® 7 operating system, Idicon was able to Improved security and business continuity increase the efficiency of its applications, reduce the amount of resources required for day-to-day operations, and ensure the integrity of its data.
“[Windows 7 has]“The ReadyBoost all the Situation Solution Idicon provides each of its customers with Windows 7, offering ease of use, more robustright ingredients:function will really helpcredit info comprehensive, personalized service for their performance, and business-efficiencysimplicity, reliabilityus with rendering and building and design projects. After meeting features, creates an efficient computing with the client to ensure a clear environment for small businesses like Idicon.speed.”graphics and running understanding of their vision, the company According to Steve Ballmer, Chief Executiveresource-heavySteve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer, builds a draft and presents it for review Officer of Microsoft®, Windows 7 has “…all before finalizing the plans. To ensure clear the right ingredients: simplicity, reliability andapplications. I love theMicrosoft Corporation communication and optimal project efficiency speed.”idea of increasing our at every step along the way, the company needed an operating system designed to Upon deploying the new operating system,memory at no extra empower small businesses. Idicon found the solution it had been seeking.cost.” Ravishankar has been highly impressed with Priya Ravishankar, Senior Architect at Idicon, the system’s speed and efficiency. “OurPriya Ravishankar, Senior Architect, Idicon uses her computer primarily for technical entire team is very pleased with the drawings and presentations. She and the performance of Windows 7,” she says. “It’s other architects run many resource-heavy fast, it’s more stable, and it doesn’t require applications, such as AutoCAD and Adobe as much memory.” PhotoShop, which require a large amount of computing power. When running on previous Benefits systems, these programs were often sluggish and unstable, causing inefficiencies in the Power for Resource-Intensive Processes design process. Idicon sought a cleaner, Windows 7 ReadyBoost™ allows more resourceful solution that would have no Ravishankar’s team to improve the problems supporting its heavy applications performance of their computers without and graphic-based work. purchasing additional memory. Users simply insert a USB flash drive into their existing Like many other small businesses, many of PCs; the portable memory is then used to run Idicon’s day-to-day frustrations were related more applications and process more to the PC interface. The company needed to information, without accessing the hard drive. reduce the amount of employee time required for routine tasks and to make it “The ReadyBoost function will really help us“The ReadyBoost easier for them to navigate their systems. It with rendering graphics and running also needed a better method of storing, resource-heavy applications,” Ravishankarfunction will really help organizing, sharing, and accessing notes. “I love the idea of increasing ourus with rendering information within its small number of computers. memory at no extra cost.”graphics and running Business Efficiencyresource-heavy Finally, Idicon sought a more robust backup tool to replace its current manual backup The Idicon team has also been pleased with the many efficiencies built into the Windowsapplications. I love the procedure, which was not adequately 7 interface. With Aero® Snap, Ravishankaridea of increasing our protecting its data from potential loss or corruption. can easily compare multiple drafts of drawings side by side on the screen. She alsomemory at no extra likes the new Aero Shake feature, whichcost.” allows her to instantly minimize background windows with a shake of the mouse.Priya Ravishankar, Senior Architect, Idicon
“HomeGroups and Accessing essential data is much easier with “HomeGroups and Libraries let us easily the improved search functions of Windows 7. share drafts and resources,” remarksLibraries let us easily The Federated Search feature essentially Ravishankar. “Even though we’re a smallshare drafts and turns Windows Explorer into a search engine, business, we can perform like a big one allowing users to query not only the files, without the extra cost.”resources. Even though folders, and Libraries across the entirewe’re a small business, network, but also Web sites, services, and Worry-Free Backup and Recovery remote repositories. In addition, it offers Prior to Windows 7, Idicon was runningwe can perform like a intuitive guesses for impartial search strings. manual backups only intermittently. Althoughbig one without the this saved the company from having to Mobility and Networking purchase separate backup software, it wasextra cost.” With the large number of client presentations also putting its large amount of graphic filesPriya Ravishankar, Senior Architect, Idicon made by Idicon’s staff, the improved Mobility and customer records at risk for loss or Center is a tangible asset. By combining all of corruption. With Windows 7, advanced the most common PC settings in one central backup functions are included at no extra location, this feature allows mobile users to cost. Ravishankar and her co-workers can quickly configure their computers in remote now back up their PCs – or their entire locations. It even remembers favorite settings HomeGroup network – with a single click, and so they don’t have to be re-entered multiple can even schedule regular backups. times. The Shadow Copy feature also promises to Like many small businesses, Idicon has only preserve Idicon’s peace of mind. By a few computers on site and had not been periodically backing up the most recent running a network server. With the version of a document, this functionality HomeGroups feature in Windows 7, the allows users to restore the previously saved company can easily set up an ad-hoc network version of a file, in the event of it getting without the expense of a server, allowing the accidentally deleted, lost, or corrupted. seamless sharing of hard drives, documents, and printers. With Windows Libraries, co- workers can store all versions of drawings and designs in a central, shared location that functions just like their local drives.