Resona Holdings has migrated approximately 30,000 client terminals, which had previously been running Windows XP, to Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013, before Windows XP end of support on 8 April.
The 30,000 unit-deployment of Windows 8 and Office 2013 is one of the largest made. Resona Holdings, based in Japan and comprising three banks – Resona Bank, Saitama Resona Bank, and The Kinki Osaka Bank – has seen significant cost savings by replacing approximately half the group’s client PCs.
By migrating to Microsoft’s newest operating system, the organisation will also benefit from the significant security enhancements in Windows 8. BitLocker Drive Encryption in Windows 8 Enterprise will create a stronger security environment and maintain compliance.
The company also implemented System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection at the same time as migration to Windows 8. Use of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager enabled remote automated software installation and dramatically reduced the time required for a large-scale upgrade.
“We needed to keep the costs of migrating to a new operating system down by making effective use of the latest system,” said Tetsuya Shiratori, executive officer and general manager, Information Technology Planning Division of Resona Holdings. “We decided to migrate straight to Windows 8, and we had no opposition to taking advantage of the latest products to boost efficiency. In addition to the cost savings resulting from standard Windows 8 functions and the great usability, including boot speed, we also managed the whole migration operation with unprecedented speed through using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.”
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