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Posted: 6/17/2009
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Geosynthetics Ltd Geosynthetics Has Productivity Gains of More Than 300 Hours per Year with Windows® 7

Geosynthetics is a leading geotextile distributor in the UK, offering market-leading soil stabilization, erosion control, drainage, and environmental protection solutions to the construction industry. Established in 1998, Geosynthetics has supported some of the largest and most high-profile projects in the region, including Heathrow Terminal 5, and Manchester Airport Runway 2. Customers choose Geosynthetics because of on-time delivery of materials within a 24-hour window. Geosynthetics’ value proposition depends on an efficient, effective supply chain. The company depends on its computing systems to successfully meet customer needs. By deploying the Windows® 7 Professional operating system, Geosynthetics was able to increase the speed of everyday tasks, improve employee productivity, and facilitate easier access to information.

Situation

Geosynthetics provides geotextiles to the UK construction industry, a market niche that demands on-time product delivery against very aggressive schedules. To meet customer needs, Geosynthetics depends on an extremely efficient and highly reliable supply chain based on individual employee productivity. It needs a solution that enables employees to be efficient with their time and gives them instant access to the information they need to get their jobs done.

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* Windows 7 helps our employees work faster, smarter, and more efficiently. *
Justin Bates,
IT Manager, Geosynthetics Ltd.
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According to Justin Bates, IT manager of Geosynthetics, uptime and availability are crucial. “Our customers often call to place an order on Friday and require delivery on Monday morning,” he says. “If our employees do not have access to our system, we’re dead in the water. It is incredibly important that we minimize downtime and search time by all means necessary.”

To meet aggressive timelines while ensuring flawless execution, Geosynthetics was looking for ways to speed up their business processes, improve employee productivity and increase speed and access to information. They found what they needed with Windows 7.

Solution

In 2009, Geosynthetics began migrating its computers to Windows 7. Windows 7 eliminates costly downtime as users wait less for boot, resume and launch. Employees get more done in less time as new productivity features make it easy to capture business processes that improve efficiency, and speed up everyday tasks. Users stay more productive even on the road with longer battery life and faster access.

“I believe Windows® will remain at the center of people's technological solar system. We're putting in all the right ingredients: simplicity, reliability and speed, and we're working hard to get it right and to get it ready,” says Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft.

Benefits

Improving Productivity
Today, Geosynthetics’ users get more done in less time by working smarter and more intuitively with Windows 7. With Aero® Enhancements, users can instantly arrange windows side-by-side, making it easier to compare, copy, and paste information between documents. They can also minimize, or maximize viewing windows with just a keystroke or a mouse gesture, eliminating time-consuming mouse clicks and key strokes. They can quickly navigate through multiple documents without losing data.

Using the Libraries feature to catalogue the network drives holding customer information, quotes, and technical specifications in conjunction with the new Instant Search Box has dramatically reduced the time spent trawling for information. According to Bates, this feature alone saves each salesperson about 40 minutes a day.

According to Bates, Windows productivity features have made a significant impact on work efficiency across the company’s business. Everyday tasks such as searching, finding, resizing, and arranging documents for data comparison used to take a long time, but now these processes take just seconds.

“It used to take 2-3 minutes to set up documents on-screen for side-by-side comparison, and at least 2-3 minutes to search for files on the network drives. Each of us performs these tasks more than ten times a day,” reports Bates. ”With Aero Enhancements and the new Instant Search Box, it takes seconds, and this saves us more than 320 hours annually.”

Increasing Access to Information
Battery life is critical to working effectively in a mobile environment, and Windows Power Management enables Geosynthetics to get more life out its laptop batteries. Power-saving enhancements include decreasing idle time for the processor and more efficient power use. Adaptive Display Brightness dims the display if the computer has not been used for a while, saving valuable hours of battery life. Says Bates, “We are now consistently getting 7.5 hours plus of battery life on our mobile PCs with Windows 7.”

Increasing Speed of Business Processes
The first step in increasing business efficiency is making it easy for employees to focus on their core business.  Processes and procedures are extremely important to the success of Geosynthetics’ business. In order to capture orders correctly, move them through the supply chain efficiently, and ensure on-time delivery, every person in the chain must understand and execute business processes correctly and precisely.

The Windows 7 Problem Steps Recorder makes it simple to capture business processes for use in manuals and online training systems. It captures a detailed, screen-by-screen recording of the process, and then enables easy updates and edits later. 
 
According to Bates, Problem Steps Recorder makes documenting business processes and procedures a snap. “In the past, documenting procedures required hand-written notes, then input into a Word document,” recalls Bates. “With the new Problem Steps Recorder we can do it in a matter of minutes, and it’s delivered in a slideshow format in a single mhtml file that is much easier for people to absorb than plain written text.”

In addition, Windows 7 is helping Geosynthetics differentiate itself from its competitors by improving business efficiency. Core mobility and productivity features have significantly sped up business processes, enabling the company to meet even the most aggressive delivery schedules.

“Geosynthetics is the market leader because we deliver the right product to the right location at precisely the right time – always,” says Bates. “We can do that because Windows 7 helps our employees work faster, smarter, and more efficiently.”

Windows 7

Faster and more reliable: Windows 7 will help your organization use information technology to gain a competitive advantage in today’s new world of work. Your people will be able to be more productive anyway. You will be able to support your mobile work force with better access to shared data and collaboration tools. And your IT staff will have better tools and technologies to enhance corporate IT security, data protection, and more efficient deployment and management.

For more information about Windows 7, go to:
www.microsoft.com/windows/business

For More Information

For more information about Microsoft products and services, call the Microsoft Sales Information Center at (800) 426-9400. In Canada, call the Microsoft Canada Information Centre at (877) 568-2495. Customers who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can reach Microsoft text telephone (TTY/TDD) services at (800) 892-5234 in the United States or (905) 568-9641 in Canada. Outside the 50 United States and Canada, please contact your local Microsoft subsidiary. To access information using the World Wide Web, go to: www.microsoft.com

For more information about BMS Digital Solutions Ltd products and services, call +44 (0) 845 6580442 or visit the Web site at:
www.bmsnet.co.uk

For more information about Geosynthetics Limited products and services, call 01455 617139  or visit the Web site at:
www.geosyn.co.uk

Solution Overview



Organization Size: 40 employees

Organization Profile

Geosynthetics is a leading geotextile distributor in the UK, offering solutions to the construction industry.


Business Situation

Geosynthetics needed a solution that would enable employees to be efficient with their time and give them instant access to the information they need.


Solution

By deploying Windows 7, Geosynthetics was able to speed up its business processes, improve employee productivity, and increase speed and access to information.


Benefits
  • Employee productivity bust - more than 300 hrs/yr
  • ~50% better battery life
  • ~50% faster documentation process

Software and Services
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 7 technologies

Vertical Industries
Architecture, Engineering & Construction

Country/Region
United Kingdom

Languages
English

Partner(s)
BMS Digital Solutions

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