Centrix Software, the innovative provider of workspace management solutions, has been selected by the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust to provide its WorkSpace iQ system for the Trust’s 6,000 users. As part of the Trust’s Windows XP to Windows 7 migration project the software will be used to help the Trust create an accurate inventory of its desktop software and analyse which of the several hundred applications are actually being used. The ultimate goal is to get ready for the migration to Windows 7 and drive software licence efficiencies to support Software Licence Optimisation, auditing and licence compliance. In addition, they will be able to consolidate licences and create an application installation process based on user groups through an active directory group tailored individually for each user.
Desktop transformation specialists, Esteem Systems, introduced Centrix Software to the Trust as part of a broader Windows XP Migration project including desktop transformation consultancy, application packaging, application migration and desktop deployment.
The solution was delivered using Centrix’s SaaS technology removing the need for The Trust to set up their own infrastructure and providing access to the analytics almost immediately.
Centrix was chosen for the solution over Snow Software, following a successful Proof of Concept (PoC). Richard Wakefield, Desktop Services Manager, IM&T at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, was impressed with the quality of the reporting, commenting that the level of detail and ease of data access, including the volume of data available, was “the most impressive that I’ve seen out of a software solution since we implemented Citrix Edgesight.”
Commenting on the migration project Wakefield added, “Through manual methods we had already established that approximately 300 pieces of software were currently available to our users, but we needed to know which were really being used in order to decide which apps to migrate to Windows 7.” He continued: “I was conscious that unused software apps could become an issue preventing rollout and under the advice of Esteem, I felt confident that Centrix Software’s WorkSpace iQ solution could provide the information we needed in time to meet the migration deadline”.
“Esteem is a long standing partner of the Trust and we’re currently working closely with them to help migrate their 6,000 users to Windows 7. As part of the project we identified that accurate software asset management was a key element of the migration project and based on our previous experience, we recommended Centrix Software to the Trust,” said Alastair Kitching, Group Sales & Marketing Director at Esteem. He concluded: “Initial results have already shown that this was the right choice, enabling the overall XP Migration project to stay on track”.
“We’re delighted to be working with the Salford Royal NHS Trust to provide accurate software license and real-time usage data that will enable an efficient and effective migration to Windows 7,” comments Lisa Hammond, CEO at Centrix Software. “With our WorkSpace iQ SaaS model, we are committed to providing customers with rapid and cost-effective access to the insight and intelligence they need, to make an informed decision about which applications to migrate before the April 2014 deadline for end of Microsoft Windows XP support.”
As well as driving efficiencies in terms of software licence rationalisation and cost optimisation for this project, Richard sees WorkSpace iQ as “providing other senior management with greater visibility of application usage data, increasing the ROI of software investment throughout the Trust.”
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