Leeds council drives XP upgrade with asset discovery tool

Leeds City Council has completed a major upgrade of all laptops and PCs to Windows XP, ensuring licensing compliance at every stage by using asset discovery software from Centennial.

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Leeds City Council has completed a major upgrade of all laptops and PCs to Windows XP, ensuring licensing compliance at every stage by using asset discovery software from Centennial.

The council, one of the country's largest, has migrated 12,000 users in total, after first conducting an automated audit of its desktop and laptop estate to quickly gain a clear view of the project's requirements.

Phil Wright, configuration manager at Leeds, said the council chose Centennial Discovery to provide "complete visibility of the network".

Installation of the tool on the authority's predominantly Novell-based network "went without a hitch" and auditing started within 12 hours, he said.

With the desktop refresh completed and Centennial software in place, the council is now running a software asset management project and working towards ITIL compliance.

The council now also has complete visibility of its IT estate, enabling Wright to budget and manage software resources more efficiently.

Since the upgrade, Centennial has also been used to as a data source for the council’s forthcoming configuration management database project and in support of our managed service process.

The latter project includes both asset management and rolling kit refresh programmes and enables Wright’s department to provide IT facilities to other council departments.

Completion of the upgrade to XP comes just days after the council confirmed its selection of Northgate to integrate its customer data from a range of different systems

Under the five-year deal, Northgate will provide consultancy, advice and project management to implement Initiate Citizen software, which brings together data from corporate and departmental IT systems to provide centralised master records that can give a single, real-time view of each council customer.

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