Shop Direct, which operates the Littlewoods, Very, Woolworths, Marshall Ward, Kays and Great Universal brands, is rolling out Windows 7 across its 10,000 PC estate.
The company is also planning to upgrade its 350 servers from the Windows Server 2003 operating system to Windows Server 2008 R2.
In addition it wants to beef up its virtual private network (VPN) and is deploying Windows 7 DirectAccess. According to Microsoft, when combined with Windows Server 2008 R2, DirectAccess will allow staff to connect to the corporate network from virtually any Internet connection.
The Windows 7 upgrade followed a pilot deployment of the new operating system on 100 computers in the company’s lab environment. Shop Direct is using Microsoft System Centre Configuration Manager 2007 R2 for centralised deployment and management.
Security is being entrusted to BitLocker drive encryption and BitLocker To Go, which are built-in features of Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise.
The overhaul will allow Shop Direct to push software updates and provision new computers, from a central location and service remote computers quickly without using third-party, onsite IT resources.