Nonprofit Improves Services, Expects to Save Up to ?1 Million With Monitoring Software

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Home Group provides low-cost housing and social services in the United Kingdom, and wants to minimize operational costs so it has more to invest in services. After years of organic growth, the organization's IT infrastructure had become fragmented and dysfunctional. Home Group pruned its server count, upgraded its management software, and replaced HP OpenView with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 for server monitoring. With the last move, Home Group has brought its Windows Server- and UNIX-based servers under a single monitoring console and given the IT staff better insight into problems, which increases the availability of applications. Home Group estimates that infrastructure monitoring efficiencies will save up to ?1 million (around U.S.$1.6 million) and simplify compliance reporting.