With the help of Windows 7 Professional Small Gains in Productivity Amount to Big Deal with Swiss Software Developer
Windows 7 Customer Solution Case Study Small Gains in Productivity Amount to Big Deal with Swiss Software DeveloperOverview “If you took my Windows 7 computer away from meCountry or Region: SwitzerlandIndustry: Professional Services, Software right now, I’d be very upset. I’ve made the fullDevelopment commitment in terms of files and documents and ICustomer Profile really like the 20 percent boost in productivity.”Yellow-B is a software development Ian Griffiths, Chief Operations Officer, Yellow-Bcompany located near Lausanne,Switzerland. It specializes in JAVA, J2EE,AJAX and .Net development. It was foundedin 1999, has 15 employees and 30 PCs Yellow-B is a best-kept secret. As a specialist in JAVA-basedBusiness SituationPoised to replace its three-year old languages and AJAX, the developer has been quietly solving bigWindows XP machines, Yellow-B wanted to problems for even bigger companies. For example, the highly skilledexamine new OS options in its search forincremental benefits in productivity. Yellow-B team created a dynamic, interactive Web presence for Orange, one of the largest telecom firms in Europe. However, it didSolutionYellow-B has discovered new Windows 7 it the hard way, linking a disparate collection of legacy systems thatfeatures like Taskbar Customization, the it crafted into a highly functional solution. With the IT expertise ofAero® desktop experience, Problem StepsRecorder, and Network Connection Wizard Ordin-ere, a Lyon, France consultant and Microsoft® Gold Certifiedthat are producing productivity gains. Partner, Yellow-B explored the new Windows® 7 operating system asBenefits it contemplated replacing its own three-year-old Windows XP® Finding Errant Files Faster machines. It was pleasantly surprised as features like Taskbar Sold On OS Migration Faster Problem Resolution Customization, the Aero® desktop experience, and Trigger-Start Faster Boot, Resume, Navigation Services are saving tiny bits of time that add up to productivity Productivity Boost 20 Percent increases of 20 percent.
Situation to be more efficient. In fact, because we buildYellow-B was founded in 2000 by a group of software for a living, we get annoyed atdevelopers who had been working together having to wait on the computer. We are veryon Java projects since 1998. The company is sensitive to small amounts of time either onbased in Epalinges, near Lausanne in the plus or the minus side.”Switzerland, 40 miles from Geneva airport.The company specializes in Java Solutiondevelopment, both on a client and a server Federated Searchlevel. After a number of projects, it This functionality enables the Yellow-B teamdeveloped JET (Java Enabling Technology), a to find any type of file anywhere on localJ2EE compliant development framework that drives, networks, and the Internet. Searchesaddresses issues around the complexity of are deeper and more comprehensive.application development, integration tolegacy systems and the reduction of system Problem Steps Recordermaintenance. JET has progressively Problem Steps Recorder helps Yellow-B staffexpanded to provide the backbone for server, to precisely capture and communicate aclient and standalone applications on J2EE, computer problem. It also enables staff toJ2SE and J2ME. With JET project control, document fixes and create tutorials andYellow-B has a system to develop and reference materials for customers.maintain projects of every size anddescription. Aero desktop experience The Windows 7 Aero Snap feature lets Yellow-In addition to major development projects for B users view windows side-by-side byOrange, one of Europe’s largest telecom dragging them to left and right borders. Userscompanies, Yellow-B has tackled a Web- can grab and shake a screen to make allbased e-voting solution for the Swiss other screens disappear. Peek lets usersgovernment and a comprehensive state peer past all open windows straight to theadministrative Web site. This Swiss Windows 7 desktop. Users simply point to theadministrative site handles items from right edge of the taskbar, and open windowslicense renewals to driving test instantly turn transparent, revealing hiddenappointments, negotiating tax payment icons and gadgets.deadlines, and land ownership. Yellow-B isalso involved in the creation of the British TaskbarHorse Riding Federation site as part of the Features like Pinning and Jump Lists,2012 Olympics in London. The common accessed conveniently from the taskbar,factor in all of these solutions is a hodge- streamline document navigation. Yellow-Bpodge of entrenched legacy systems from users have their files more readily available.which Yellow-B has shaped powerful Websolutions. Trigger-Start Services The more background services in the system,While Yellow-B is clearly an expert in the more memory, I/O, CPU, and power theydeveloping software solutions, it has also consume. Trigger-Start Services is a newbecome an expert in judging improvements in mechanism in Windows 7 that fires up anspeed when interacting with a computer. application’s services, such as a webcamAccording to Ian Griffiths, chief executive software update, in a more efficient manner.officer, it is often not fast enough. “Almost Windows 7 consolidates or batches serviceevery business, especially consultants, wants
requests to use computer resources moreefficiently. Faster Boot, Resume, Navigation Griffiths represents a typical expert computerBenefits professional that easily becomes frustratedFinding Errant Files Faster with having to wait on a computer, butFinding the right file is one of the most immediately appreciates improvements infrequent and time-consuming tasks for speed. “Windows 7 gives you back little bitsYellow-B staff. Griffiths frames this common of time throughout the day that really amountproblem well, “I don’t always name or save a to something. Navigation features like Snap,file in a perfect way, so it’s easy to lose track Peek, Hover, and Shake are simple butof where the file was put on the drive. significant time-savers.Federated Search fixes this problem. Beingperfectly organized no longer matters.” “The Trigger Start Services technology under the hood of Windows 7 also speeds boot andSold On OS Migration resume time. It means we can get to workAfter using Windows XP, Yellow-B is ready to sooner whether we’re at home, office or themake a move. “Because we bought our customer.”computers three years ago with Windows XPon them, we never even considered migrating Productivity Boosted 20 Percentto Windows Vista. However, with great early Evidently Windows 7 has found a new fan inexperiences with Windows 7 and the need for Ian Griffiths. “If you took my Windows 7new hardware, we’ll confidently make the computer away from me right now, I’d be verymove.” upset. I’ve made the full commitment in terms of files and documents, and I really likeFaster Problem Resolution the 20 percent boost in productivity.”Features that are helping solve problems forYellow-B are Problem Steps Recorder,Location-Aware Printing and NetworkConnection Wizard. All three speed workflow.According to Griffiths, “Problem StepsRecorder could be very helpful for ourcustomers who are trying to communicatespecific software problems they are having.Without a tool like this, we waste a lot oftime.“I’ve been known to accidentally print to aprinter that is 20 miles away. Location-AwarePrinting is a very nice convenience that stopsthat from happening. It will save a little paperand a lot of frustration.“On our Windows XP machines, gettingconnected to a network wasted a lot of time.If you moved across several networks, theproblem compounded. Network ConnectionWizard now makes it easy.”
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. You will be able to2495. Customers who are deaf or hard-of- 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:www.microsoft.com For more information about Windows 7, go to: www.microsoft.com/windows/businessFor more information about Ordin-ereproducts and services, call 32-49-6163300, or visit the Web site at:www.ordin-ere.comFor more information about Yellow Bproducts and services, call+41 78 713 94 43, or visit the Web site at:www.yellow-b.com Software and Services Hardware Products Lenovo − Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Toshiba − Microsoft Windows Vista Professional Sony − Microsoft Office® 2007 Professional HP − Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 Dell − Office Visio 2007 − Office Project 2007 − Microsoft SQL Server®This case study is for informational purposes only. MICROSOFTMAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN THISSUMMARY.Document published July 2009