Students and staff at King’s College London in the UK are now carrying out their work on brand new all-in-one PCs, thanks to an implementation of 1,700 Dell OptiPlex 9030 devices this summer.
Dell recently installed the desktop PCs and upgraded the network across the university’s five campuses within six weeks. To ensure the project was completed on time, the university enlisted the help of Dell Deployment Services, including client installation services, asset resale and recycling and managed deployment services.
Engineered to be easy to set up, simple to use and versatile, the all-in-one PCs have innovative chassis for easy repairs and run automated software management tools such as Microsoft System Centre 2012 R2.
The university selected the OptiPlex devices following a tender through the National Desktop and Notebook Agreement framework. After weighing up options from the likes of HP and Lenovo too, it ended up choosing the Dell devices for their energy efficiency, touchscreen capabilities, powerful performance and user friendliness.
Pre-installed programs such as Microsoft Office 365 and Skype for Business are also enabling clear, reliable communication across the university network, and has helped to boost adoption and project collaboration.
“Feedback on the deployment has been overwhelmingly positive, with students sharing their excitement over social media within hours,” said Gareth Wright, IT director at King’s College London. “Staff members have found the new devices invaluable in aiding their research, and some have even requested to purchase the models for their own personal use. The devices have increased the speed at which we can work and our IT team can now focus on forward-looking projects rather than fire-fighting desktop issues.”
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