Hoerbiger Group turns to Dell for Windows migration project

Compression, automation and drive technology firm migrates 4,300 PCs to Windows 7

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 27 January 2014
Hoerbiger Group turns to Dell for Windows migration project

Hoerbiger Group has migrated from Windows XP to Windows 7 with the support of Dell.

A leading company in the field of compression, automation and drive technology, Hoerbiger conducted a fully automated switch to the Windows 7 operating system. Dell provided conceptual consulting support and established the necessary server-infrastructure ahead of the migration.

Hoerbiger had to migrate 4,300 PCs to Windows 7 from various global locations, and took the opportunity to standardise the clients across the entire organisation.

Dell proposed a comprehensive overall package with a flexible pricing model, and developed a standard Windows 7 client that can be used across all of Hoerbiger’s global locations. The group employs approximately 6,700 people at more than 140 locations in 60 countries.

“We chose Dell because the company offered a fair and flexible contract,” said Rainer Eisenwagen, head of IT Infrastructure Services at Hoerbiger Holding Germany. “The whole package was built on partnership.”

A parallel project saw Hoerbiger create the necessary server infrastructure for an automated roll-out of Windows 7 by establishing multi-purpose location servers in individual countries. These servers are used as local communication interfaces and manage and carry out the migration to the new operating system in local sites. Dell was selected as part of this project as a hardware-as-a-service provider.

“We have benefited greatly from the wealth of experience from Dell’s numerous global Windows 7 migrations and can execute it completely remotely and automatically,” said Eisenwagen. “Not a single one of the approximately 4,300 affected PCs need to be touched by us.”

The switch to Windows 7 has improved collaboration with customers and suppliers. The multi-purpose location server infrastructure allows for better PC performance and increased stability of the entire IT infrastructure.

“Operating system migrations are – especially when they have to be performed worldwide – potentially the most expensive and risky IT projects,” said Mihai Morcan, head of Services at Dell, Germany. “Therefore, many companies put the switch from Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8 on the back burner. The right consulting partner can help to simplify the transition to a new operating system and automate it, thus preventing downtime.”

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