Financial institutions find security, performance and cost savings with Windows 7

Financial institutions find security, performance and cost savings with Windows 7

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As the global economy begins to revive, financial institutions around the world are looking to their technology infrastructure to secure their data, decrease their expenses and grow their business. At two recent financial industry events, the Asian Banker Summit in Singapore and the Tower Group 2010 Annual Conference & Exhibition, the Microsoft team was talking with customers about how financial services companies can reduce their operating costs and improve productivity while remaining secure and compliant with government regulations with Windows 7 Enterprise.

Several Windows 7 financial services customers recently shared their deployment stories with us, and emphasized the advanced power management, lower TCO and utilization costs and improved performance they’re seeing.

Shinshan Bank, one of the largest multiservice financial institutions in the Republic of Korea, deployed Windows 7 to drive down operating costs, enhance security, and improve competitive performance. At the Asian Banker Summit 2010, Microsoft announced how the bank is leveraging security enhancements, such as AppLocker, BitLocker and BitLocker To Go, to provide Shinshan Bank with easier IT management and control. Kim Jangon, IT General Management Department from Shinhan Bank, says:

The financial industry is held to high standards for safeguarding customer information against theft or loss — a responsibility that Shinhan Bank makes a primary concern. In evaluating new operating systems, however, we also realized that we needed to strike the right balance between security and system performance to meet our employee productivity and customer service objectives. Windows 7 enables us to strike this balance.

AmericanWest Bank, a business and consumer bank in the Pacific Northwest, deployed Windows 7 to help improve security, system performance and user experience. Windows 7 features including AppLocker, BitLocker and BitLocker To Go provided the security enhancements American West needed while features like User Account Control helped enhance system performance and improve the user experience. To help mitigate any possible compatibility issues, American West Bank also leveraged Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) to allow users to run a virtual instance of Windows XP on the Windows 7 desktop. Here’s what Robert Cardon, Network Administrator for AmericanWest Bank says:

We can reduce calls to the help desk by enabling users to troubleshoot on their own. For each call saved, that’s an addition 15 minutes our IT personnel can spend on more strategic tasks.

Piraeus Bank Group, financial service provider with offices and branches throughout Europe, Egypt, and the United States, upgraded to Windows 7 for enhanced security, greater flexibility for mobile workers, and better desktop management. Piraeus Bank also plans to deploy Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system to take advantage of the DirectAccess and BranchCache features in Windows 7, to help mobile and remote workers connect more quickly and securely to the bank’s corporate network. Piraeus Bank is considering introducing BitLocker Drive Encryption and BitLocker To Go technologies, which use full-volume encryption to help protect the data both on computers and portable storage devices. Because of the success they’ve realized, Piraeus Bank plans to upgrade all 5,000 of its desktop and portable computers to Windows 7 before the end of 2010. Here is what Haris Voutsas, Deputy IT Director from Piraeus Bank Group, says:

From what we’ve seen so far, we’re convinced that we’ll experience greater stability and fewer issues with Windows 7 than with any other operating system. We trust our banking business to run on it!

And here is what Nikos Petropoulos, IT Operations and Administrations Manager for Piraeus Bank Group, says:

Windows 7 has been 100 percent compatible. It’s the most compatible version of Windows yet—even with no changes to our hardware.

To learn more about how these and other financial institutions are benefiting from Windows 7, check out the Windows Enterprise site, or read more enterprise company case studies.

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  • We are a small company and have incorporated Windows 7 on all of our office computers.  The biggest difference is the ability to run multiple programs and applications efficiently.  It is important for us to run multiple programs without having one of them freeze.  The troubleshooting process has been elaborated on and makes it easier for us to solve inner office issues.

  • We have incorporated Windows 7 for our small company and it has made a world of a difference.  Our workers are able to run multiple programs and applications and easily switch between them.  We have also been able to solve inner office issues faster thanks to a more elaborate troubleshooting process.

  • We have incorporated Windows 7 for our small company and it has made a world of a difference.  Our workers are able to run multiple programs and applications and easily switch between them.  We have also been able to solve inner office issues faster thanks to a more elaborate troubleshooting process.

  • barts2108
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    @Mansoor

    Can you explain how Win 7 saves time ? I did not discover it and it still takes more time

  • I would like to agree with this statement that Windows 7 is fully compatible. WOW! People are saving time with Windows 7 nice. But my question is Can't you bring this compatibility to Windows Vista or Windows XP?