Photo lab benefits from Windows 7 Professional upgrade - Case Study
Windows 7 Customer Solution Case Study Photo lab benefits from Windows 7 Professional upgradeOverview “Migrating to Windows 7 Professional was a naturalCountry or Region: IndiaIndustry: Graphic Designing choice considering the minimum amount of training required to adapt to the new interface.”Customer Profile Mr Kalpesh Mehta, CEO, SRK CreativeSRK Creative has its main photo designingunit situated in the Dadar area of Mumbaicity, India, with over 30 photo printingoutlets in and around the city. SRK Creative is a leading Mumbai-based digital photo studio withBusiness Situation an annual turnover of over INR 300 million. In addition to printingTheir computers run on Windows XP and photographs stored in cameras, memory sticks and cards, penuse couple of software for processingimages. A newly introduced in-house drives and other portable storage devices, SRK specializes insoftware demanded more space and designing and printing custom photographs, portfolios, calendars,performance than XP offered. books, and catalogs. Their business requires computers that canSolution run high-end image editing software, print customization tools, andThe IT team of SRK Creative examined thesituation and concluded upgrading the OS color correction applications. The studio was looking to upgrade allto Windows 7. their computers to an operating system that could support theirBenefits infrastructure and performance requirements, while providing Easy implementation greater security and functionality. Enhanced security Easier device management Compatible and easy to use Easy networking
Situation Creative‟s IT Team, Microsoft helped set up The designing unit of SRK Creative has a Windows 7 Professional on all their team of about 32 designers, each having a computers without incurring any additional well-equipped desktop running the required hardware costs. All the existing software, hardware and software for processing including their photo designing applications, intensive image editing workloads. They also Microsoft Office Suite, and the billing have a few laptops that are used by the software ran seamlessly after the transition senior management and other key staff. All to Windows 7. Their high-end printing and the business units are connected on a private imaging equipment was also compatible with network, and communicate over a secure Windows 7 and installed without issue. The VPN broadband connection. only challenge they faced was with finding Their computers had been using the Windows drivers for a few stray unbranded hardware XP operating system to run Microsoft Office, peripherals. With the joint effort between the demanding image processing applications Microsoft team and the company‟s IT staff, such as Adobe Photoshop, the CorelDRAW the Windows 7 Professional upgrade process Graphics Suite, along with other high-end was completed within a week. printing peripherals. They also ran other functional applications like their billing "Migrating to Windows 7 Professional was a software on some of these computers. The natural choice considering the minimum company was satisfied with the performance amount of training required to adapt to the of Windows XP until recently when they new interface. Run as Administrator is the developed an in-house photo correction most frequently used feature in our scenario. software. This photo correction software had It has helped us reduce the system downtime higher memory and performance by at least 60 to 70 percent. And, our requirements than what Windows XP could antivirus solution seems to work better on support. The company therefore felt the need Windows 7 Professional," says Kalpesh to upgrade their computers‟ current operating Mehta. system. SRK Creative‟s IT team analyzed their Benefits requirements and found a fit with Windows 7 The customer benefited from the Windows 7 Professional. After due diligence and support Professional upgrade in several ways: from the Microsoft team, the company decided to upgrade all of their computers to Easy implementation Windows 7 Professional. With the required hardware in place, the process of upgrading their 32 computers to Windows 7 Professional took just one week. Solution The modular, unit-wise upgrade process outlets over USB drives containing imaging resulted in very little business downtime. files. The company was also looking for a solution that warranted the least possible Enhanced Security"Our antivirus solution staff training requirements. The new Microsoft Security Essentials that isseems to work better on The company already had the hardware infrastructure required for upgrading to integrated with Windows 7 Professional worked well in combination with their existingWindows 7 Windows 7 Professional. All the existing antivirus solution, and enabled SRK CreativeProfessional.” desktops and laptops had a minimum of 4GB to experience enhanced security from RAM, dual-core processors, and adequate infected portable devices brought by theMr Kalpesh Mehta | CEO | SRK Creative hard disk space. So in collaboration with SRK
thousands of customers visiting their storeseach day. Better color renderingThe Windows 7 „Run as Administrator‟ feature Windows 7 Professional supports a widerenabled the IT team to conveniently run color palette compared to its predecessor.specific programs in this special mode, This made it easier for the design team tocompared to Windows XP when they needed judge color depth and variation in the imageto be explicitly logged in to the system as an files on their flat screen monitors. Thisadministrator. This feature also helped enhanced color rendering ability resulted inrestrict employees from deliberately or higher quality in the final output.accidently running executable files frominsecure sources such as customers‟ storagedevices.Easier Device ManagementWith Windows 7 features like Device Stageand the Devices and Printers folder, itbecame easier for users to manage deviceslike printers and cameras.Better compatibility and ease of useWith the ability of Windows 7 Professional torun almost all applications that arecompatible with previous Windows versions,SRK Creative was able to seamlesslycontinue using their photo designing, billing,and Office applications after the upgrade. Therevamped and intuitive Windows 7 userinterface was easy for employees to getaccustomed to, with virtually no formaltraining needed.Easy networkingWindows 7 Professional made it easier andmore secure for the desktop users andtelecommuters to join the company‟s privatenetwork through an easy-to-use wizard.Better PerformanceThe innately higher performance and bettermemory management in Windows 7 resultedin more responsiveness when users ranmultiple heavy software applicationssimultaneously. This feature provided theSRK design team with greater flexibility andbetter performance while using theirdemanding image processing applications,resulting in higher efficiencies each day.
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