Dubai-based DAR Consult has been providing state-of-the-art architectural and design consulting services, including urban and regional planning, architectural and civil engineering, and tourism and recreational development since 1986. Leveraging the diverse backgrounds of its highly skilled employees, the company has become renowned for altering the skyline of the UAE, consistently achieving top-tier rankings in global architectural surveys. Since the company takes great pride in adhering to strict budgeting and scheduling projections, its leaders are always on the lookout for cutting-edge technology that yields maximum productivity. For precisely this reason, the company turned to the Windows® 7 Professional operating system, a fast, reliable and intuitive technology that streamlines business processes and allows users to accomplish more in less time.
Due to volatile economic conditions, the overall demand for new construction has decreased. DAR saw this as a great opportunity to continue to outshine competitors with industry-leading solutions that were cost-effective. But legacy systems often impeded productivity by taking several minutes to start-up or resume from sleep mode. Even finding commonly used files was time-consuming and frustrating for employees who frequently referenced several documents during any given day.
||With the incredible improvements to speed and reliability, Windows 7 can help us accomplish our business goals faster.
||Abdull Razack, Administrator, DAR Consult
In addition, company leaders found that limited laptop battery life caused disruptions to critical client meetings, and users had to look for the nearest power outlet to keep their systems running.
DAR company leaders knew that they needed to overcome these productivity issues with a fast, efficient and reliable system that wouldn’t put any undue pressure on already tight margins.
As a result, DAR turned to Windows 7 Professional. This system works quickly and economically, helping to reduce costly downtime and increase mobile flexibility so employees can get more done both within and outside the company.
According to Brad Brooks, Corporate Vice President of Windows Consumer Product Marketing, Microsoft® Corporation, this system has been engineered with these productivity-boosting improvements in mind. “With Windows 7, we are on track to have an improved user interface that should allow for faster boot and shutdown times; improved power management for enhanced battery life; and increased reliability, stability and security,” he says.
Faster start-up and resume times, easier, more intuitive file searches, and energy-smart design elements all combine to give DAR a powerful technological solution that dramatically enhances productivity and continues to position the company as an innovative leader in the field.
With Windows 7 sFaster, users no longer have to wait several minutes for their systems to respond. Start-ups and resumes happen in seconds, so users can begin working on essential tasks immediately. Also, working with several documents simultaneously is simple and easy with Aero® desktop personalization, which allows users to “snap” windows together to see them side-by-side, or “shake” background windows to make them disappear instantly.
“The faster start-up times give us a significant boost to everyday productivity, saving each employee at least 30 minutes a day” says Abdull Razack, administrator of DAR. “And the Aero features are fantastic, making it easier than ever before to work with several documents at once – which is a regular part of each workday.”
The Windows Desktop Search helps users find files, folders, or applications across their PCs, HomeGroup, or entire network in just seconds, so users no longer need to filter through several folders to track down essential documents. “The improved search is incredible,” says Razack. “I can find any file I’m looking for in a matter of seconds.”
For workers increasingly on the go, having an efficient and reliable mobile solution is critical to success. The improved Power Management feature included with Windows 7 uses energy-smart capabilities such as adaptive screen display brightness and automatic shutdown of unneeded components. “The battery backup time is just incredible,” says Razack. “With previous systems, my laptop would last maybe two hours, but with Windows 7, I can rely on my laptop to last for three-and-a-half hours or more. I can’t say enough about how impressive this is.”
Mobile flexibility is further enhanced by features such as Location Aware Printing and Network Connection Wizard, which automatically detect new default network printers and wireless connectivity, respectively. “Location Aware Printing and the Network Connection Wizard make working on the go easier than I could have imagined. Each feature searches and connects automatically so you can get to work right away – no matter where you are,” Razack says.
Planning for the Future
Razack and his colleagues are so impressed with the speed, reliability, and flexibility of Windows 7 that they are not only deploying the system across the organization, but also on their home PCs.
“We’re planning to expand our services in dynamic new ways, such as integrating marketing channels into our capabilities platform. With the incredible improvements to speed and reliability, Windows 7 can help us accomplish our business goals faster,” Razack says. “We’re deploying Windows 7 across the organization, but I have to be honest: I won’t be able to go back. I’ll need to upgrade my home systems to Windows 7 as well,” he adds with a smile.
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.
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