Data Management

City Estimates 27 Percent Cost Savings for Microsoft Vs. Mixed Environment

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Executive Summary

Thirty percent of Iceland's population lives in the capital city of Reykjavik. The recent global economic crisis hit Iceland particularly hard. To avoid layoffs or raising taxes for Reykjavik citizens, the city began to look for opportunities to significantly lower costs. IT leadership designed a cost-saving strategy to consolidate multiple environments and applications into a simpler infrastructure that would satisfy the diverse operations of the city. It also considered open source alternatives, such as Linux Enterprise Desktop and OpenOffice.org to lower license costs. After comparing costs, the city selected Microsoft technologies, including Microsoft Office 2010 and Windows 7 Enterprise, as its unified infrastructure and desktop solution. By selecting the lower-cost solution, IT leadership has aligned its strategy with the broader vision of Reykjavik's economic recovery.

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