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Pella: Manufacturer Saves $55,000, Starts PCs 500 Percent Faster With Operating System

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Executive Summary

Pella is renowned for crafting beautiful, energy-efficient windows and doors. To support this work, the company's IT team became an early adopter of the Windows 7 operating system. With Windows 7 installed on 1,600 of its targeted 4,000 computers, Pella is already seeing increased IT efficiencies, including a 90 percent reduction in logon times and PC startup times that are 300 to 500 percent faster. The company has tightened data security and will reduce IT costs by U.S.$30,000 each year through the integration of BitLocker drive encryption technology. Pella streamlines desktop management by using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 and Group Policy Preferences.

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