Can Windows 10 Increase ROI for Enterprises?
Organizations adopting Windows 10 Enterprise edition are promised an easier upgrade path than in the past, improved mobile device management (MDM) capabilities, better security, and simpler sign-on and authentication through the Azure Active Directory. But can Windows 10 really increase ROI for enterprises?
According to Craig Dewar, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Windows Commercial, “We designed Windows 10 to be the most secure Windows ever, ease management efforts and create more personal and productive computing experiences across devices. Customer satisfaction is at an all-time high because of the security and productivity features, which are behind the strong adoption and overall satisfaction. It has been great to see the market reaction to Windows 10 which has been unprecedented with a 3X increase in Windows 10 enterprise deployments.”
In June 2016, Microsoft commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study of Windows 10 to demonstrate how Windows 10 is having a positive impact to their customers’ bottom line. In December 2016, Forrester Consulting, on behalf of Microsoft, updated the study with insights from four additional customers which brings the total number of customer participants to eight.
Below are a few of the highlights of the benefits for the composite organization based on the eight customers who have now been interviewed for this commissioned study:
IT Management Cost Savings
Windows 10 requires less IT administration time to install, manage, and support, with easy-to-use features and more self-service functions. One customer found that deploying Windows 10 was quicker and easier by as much as 50% from their last operating system upgrade and overall IT administrators estimate a 15% improvement in IT management time with Windows 10—valuable time back to help in other key IT areas.
With Windows 10 and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), organizations are able to provide employees self-service tools allowing them to conveniently find and install a line of business applications. With new features in Windows 10, businesses also found a reduction on costs associated with third party software application licenses that were no longer needed.
Reduced Security Remediation
With new features such as Credential Guard, Device Guard and improved security features such as BitLocker, security events related to client device management requiring IT remediation are reduced or avoided altogether. Forrester estimated some of the businesses could be saving up to nearly $700,000 a year by enabling security features in Windows 10.
Improvements, such as faster boot times, convenient access to corporate applications, increased security, and better mobility tools help IT and users increase productivity and complete work more quickly and effectively. Employees, especially mobile workers, estimate they have 25% more time to get work done than they did before.
Take a look at the updated Total Economic Impact™ Of Windows 10 study to see how it can help you reduce IT costs, reduce security remediation, improve productivity, and increase ROI within your organization.
What About the Recent Windows 10 Creator Update?
Windows 10, version 1703—also known as the Windows 10 Creators Update—launched on April 11, 2017, is designed for today’s modern IT environment with new features to help IT pros more easily manage and better protect the devices and data in their organizations. It also provides individuals with the ability to be more productive, thanks to enhancements to Windows Ink and Cortana, including better battery life, improved accessibility, and more control over privacy settings.
Microsoft says this latest update it is a further expression of how they've moved to Windows as a service, and a delivery on their promise to keep improving Windows over time, utilizing the feedback they receive from customers through the Windows Insider Program.
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