Case Study

Parker saves more than $2 million by building a more efficient IT infrastructure

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As part of an enterprise-wide systems management initiative, Parker partnered with 1E to eliminate the need for 458 servers, reduce help desk demands and cut power costs. The initiative’s total return on investment (ROI) has been immeasurable. Parker immediately saved an estimated $2 million in server costs with more efficient enterprise software distribution, and annually saves $600,000 in energy costs alone through PC power management.

To ensure its enterprise infrastructure could support its increasingly global footprint (currently 52,000+ employees in 48 countries), the Parker IT team needed to redefine its computing environment to eliminate waste and reduce costs. “1E exponentially extends the functionality of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). In fact, our investment in Microsoft’s SCCM would have been a massive resource drain if we didn’t implement 1E’s IT efficiency solutions,” says Michael Powlison, IT Project Leader, Parker.

Tasked with eliminating unnecessary expenses across the organization, the IT team needed to address a range of issues – from powerwasting PCs to unused software licenses and time-consuming software updates, patches and distributions.

“We significantly increase our customers’ productivity and profitability. No other enterprise software distribution solution in the market is as proven or robust as 1E’s. Their products work together seamlessly and are tightly integrated – providing the only comprehensive software distribution management and PC power management solution that integrates with Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager platform,” says Michael Powlison, IT Project Leader.

Parker selected Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to manage, support and maintain its distributed network of computer resources. While SCCM provided enhanced insight into, and control over, Parker IT systems, it was insufficient as a single IT efficiency solution. Michael Powlinson comments: “In addition to its technical prowess and commitment to customer service, 1E’s close relationship with Microsoft made it an easy choice.”

With 1E’s Nomad and NightWatchman, Parker has created a highly efficient IT management infrastructure. It eliminated the high cost of putting a server in each of its 400+ offices worldwide, plus avoided the associated hardware, back-end infrastructure, licensing, ongoing management and power costs as well. Furthermore, the requirement for divisional Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) servers has also been removed.

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