There is significant momentum behind IT infrastructure and application platform Optimization that Microsoft partners often evangelize to help institutions be successful in their administration and deployment challenges.  To support this effort Microsoft maintains a partner resource site that anyone can access if they know where to look.  Check out “Microsoft Optimization Partner Resources”

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There you will find an overview of the optimization  models, industry specific information, and training.  Microsoft also publishes several analysis whitepapers as well like IDC’s Optimizing Infrastructure whitepaper titled “The Relationship Between IT Labor Costs and Best Practices for Managing the Windows Desktop”