logo_mslogo-h_webRegular readers of the TechNet Blog may remember that back in September Paul Cooke from Plymouth City Council won a competition we were running to come along 4000010681[1]and present alongside Andrew and Simon at the ‘Windows 7 Deployment – Why and How’ online conference. We were so impressed by Plymouth’s deployment story that when the opportunity came along to develop it into a fully-fledged case study we jumped at the chance!

Project Manager Paul and IT Architect Tom Unwin have been working with their team to implement a “desk hopping” scheme for office-based staff, aimed at provisioning eight desks for every 10 employees. This has involved upgrades not just to Windows XP, but also to the Citrix Presentation Server 4.5 backend, Office and their Meridan and Cisco IP telephone system. Through fully utilising their new Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) Plymouth are moving to an end-to-end Microsoft stack, delivering Windows 7, Lync Server 2010, Office 2010 and Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 with Windows Server 2008 R2.

Not content with just a case study, we’ve dug out some footage from the original online conference to bring you Paul & Tom’s reworked presentation as well as a previously unseen Q&A session.

Here’s a snippet from the case study of their results so far, for the full story head over to the Microsoft Case Studies website.

“Employee reaction to the new ways of working has been extremely positive. They can log on at any computer using the same settings and are benefiting from increased productivity. Over the next three years, the authority will significantly reduce office accommodation costs by selling or repurposing buildings it no longer requires. With its Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, the council will save 26 per cent on its licensing, which equates to an estimated £494,000 over three years. And, by deploying Lync 2010, Plymouth has avoided the cost of replacing or upgrading its telephone system—a major contribution to the council’s savings target of £30 million (U.S.$47 million).”

Here are those all important links:

If you like what you see, please do pass it on to your colleagues. You never know, it might provide your boss the necessary encouragement to begin an upgrade of your own!