Centrica saves over £10m by decluttering desktops

Utility company Centrica has identified more than £10 million in savings over a 12-month period since it started to declutter its desktop environment.

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Utility company Centrica has identified more than £10 million in savings over a 12-month period since it started to declutter its desktop environment.

At IDC's Desktop Virtualisation Conference in London yesterday, Lewis Gee, VP of sales and marketing at Centrix Software, told delegates how Centrica used a solution from Centrix to help it achieve the huge savings.

"You need to know absolutely what you are doing today in your [IT] environment before you decide how to deliver the future solution," said Gee.

Centrica deployed Centrix's Workspace iQ product, which, alongside Centrica's existing tools, produced an accurate profile of what the company had in terms of devices and applications.

The tool discovered that Centrica had 33,000 desktop devices - this was 3,000 more than the company had initially thought it had.

Centrica also believed it had more than 1,700 unique applications on the desktop devices, with thousands more across the whole estate. It used the Centrix solution to filter out any applications that had not been used for 90 days.

"We removed 7,000 application instances from their desktops within two to three months of starting the project," Gee said, adding that the figure was not surprising.

"We typically find that around 50 percent of applications on desktops are not being used, which is fine if they are sat on a desktop, but if you are moving into a virtualised environment you don't want to put applications that don't get used into that shiny, new estate," he said.

Over a 12-month period, Centrica was able to make the £10 million saving in two parts. First of all, the company saved around £4 million directly on licences.

Secondly, the company was able to reduce the cash in its provision fund, which was put aside to prepare them for unplanned events like software audits, by around £6 million.

Gee added, however, that Centrica expects more savings "to come", as it looks to rationalise the number of applications on its data centre servers.

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