James Osteen, Assistant Director of the City of Miami’s IT Department talked about their Windows Vista deployment in an interview:
The Windows Blog: How do you think Windows Vista can help advance your IT mission and address the challenges you described before?
James Osteen: The mission of the City’s IT Department is “to deliver high-quality, focused, aggressive business solutions to the City of Miami by offering consumer-centric services and cost-efficient communications and information technologies.”
So to break it down, the security enhancements in Windows Vista have made the operating system one of the most secure options available today, with response times to new security threats that are some of the best in the industry. For us, the deployment of Windows Vista is translating into direct savings for the City and our citizens: it’s enabling us to save approximately $80K in power savings through the deployment of GPOs available in Windows Vista, and by migrating from our current mainframe environment to a Windows Server infrastructure, its helping us eliminate approximately $1M in annual costs. That’s just the start…these savings are projected to grow to $190K annually within 4 years! And, we expect to see productivity gains through the use of new tools available in Windows Vista, such as desktop search and the snipping tool.