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Posted: 9/21/2010
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Deepwater Wind Energy Firm Increases Sustainability with Agile Operating System and Notebook PCs

The mission of Deepwater Wind is to help build thriving clean technology economies that provide more jobs and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign energy sources. In fact, the firm is one of the few U.S. developers pushing for clean, reliable, and renewable energy power by developing wind farms in deep waters off the east coast of the United States. To find technologies that support this mission, Deepwater Wind relies on its IT partner, eMazzanti Technologies, for its unsurpassed guidance and support. When eMazzanti Technologies shared with Deepwater Wind the powerful, energy-efficient design of the ENERGY STAR-qualified HP ProBook 5310m running Windows 7 Professional, the company knew it had found the perfect balance of performance, speed, and technologies that would help its employees cultivate innovative ideas and develop sustainable solutions in less time.

Situation
Although managers at Deepwater Wind wanted to deploy more powerful technologies that would improve employee efficiency, they needed to ensure that any new systems would help the firm reduce energy consumption. One such challenge employees routinely faced was the difficult and tedious process of connecting to the right network printer at the right time.

In addition, locating important files took longer than employees would have liked, as did communicating technical issues with IT experts. Managers also needed to fortify system security to keep business-critical files safe from intrusion. At the same time, the firm was seeking more durable systems that would last as long—or even longer—than projected.

Solution
To accomplish these objectives, Deepwater Wind turned to eMazzanti Technologies, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, for help. Applying its expertise and industry insight, the IT firm suggested that
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* The energy-efficient design of the HP ProBook 5310m along with power-management capabilities in Windows 7 Professional has given us a more powerful system. *

Ian Kelly
Controller, Deepwater Wind

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Deepwater Wind try the ENERGY STAR-qualified HP ProBook 5310m running the Windows 7 Professional operating system.* Deepwater Wind managers were pleased with this recommendation, to say the least.

“eMazzanti Technologies is a leader in IT support,” Ian Kelly, Controller of Deepwater Wind, remarks. “And they always recommend the best—which is why we now have Windows 7 Professional and the HP ProBook 5310m.”

Benefits
Using the HP ProBook 5310m with Windows 7 Professional, Deepwater Wind expects to gain the following benefits:

Enhanced Efficiency
The long-lasting battery life and the energy-efficient design of the HP ProBook 5310m, along with power-management settings in Windows 7 (which uses features such as adaptive screen display brightness), work in tandem to extend notebook life while reducing power consumption.

“The energy-efficient design of the HP ProBook 5310m along with power-management capabilities in Windows 7 Professional has given us a more powerful system that actually reduces power consumption,” says Kelly. “And every little bit helps.”

With Location Aware Printing in Windows 7 Professional, employees no longer need to manually select and wait for the right printer to connect. What’s more, because employees no longer need to reprint documents due to inadvertently sending them to the wrong printer, Deepwater Wind is reducing paper and ink costs—and enhancing security.

Improved Productivity
Using Windows Search makes it faster and easier than ever to locate files, folders, applications, and even email messages. Plus, because eMazzanti Technologies deployed the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system across Deepwater Wind systems, the energy firm’s employees can also easily locate data stored on the company server.

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* Before Problem Steps Recorder, our employees had a hard time relaying details of IT issues. Now that they can use this tool, they can communicate better than ever—saving everyone time and frustration. *

Ian Kelly
Controller, Deepwater Wind

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As Kelly notes, “eMazzanti Technologies helped us upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2. And now that we have Windows Search, we can find files across the whole server—not just locally—in seconds.”

Employees use the Problem Steps Recorder—a new feature in Windows 7 Professional—to take live recordings of their interactions with programs and applications and share this information with IT professionals. For Deepwater Wind, this has improved the way employees communicate technical issues with eMazzanti Technologies professionals.

“Before Problem Steps Recorder, our employees had a hard time relaying details of IT issues,” says Kelly. “Now that they can use this tool, they can communicate better than ever—saving everyone time and frustration.”

Enhanced Security and Sustainability
Deepwater Wind uses the Encrypting File System included with Windows 7 Professional to easily encrypt important files and folders—giving employees peace of mind, knowing that sensitive information has enhanced protection.

“The Encrypting File System in Windows 7 Professional helps ensure that everything we create internally stays internal,” Kelly says. “I feel more confident that information won’t get into the wrong hands.”

The HP ProBook 5310m Built-to-Last and Built-to-Conserve design integrates durable yet lightweight features and offers a Brominated Flame Retardant (BFR) and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) free** configuration that uses materials with lower environmental impact. For Deepwater Wind, this translates into longer-lasting—and more environmentally responsible—systems that support its commitment to green practices.

“The HP ProBook 5310m is truly built to last,” Kelly points out. “Even better, it uses materials with reduced impact on the environment. This is the machine of the future—and it’s aligned with everything we are working toward.”

*As part of the solution deployment through the Windows 7 SMB Evidence Program, the customer received complimentary notebooks and technical support from Microsoft and HP.

** Meeting the evolving definition of “BFR/PVC-free” as set forth in the “iNEMI Position Statement on the ‘Definition of Low-Halogen’ Electronics (BFR/CFR/PVC-Free).” Plastic parts contain < 1000 ppm (0.1 percent) of bromine (if the Br source is from BFRs) and < 1000 ppm (0.1 percent) of chlorine if the Cl source is from CFRs or PVC or PVC copolymers. Power supply and power cords are not BFR/PVC-free. Service parts after purchase may not be BFR/PVC-free.

Windows 7
Works the way you want: 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 anywhere. You will be able to support your mobile workforce with better access to shared data and collaboration tools. And your IT staff will have better tools and technologies for enhanced corporate IT security and data protection, and more efficient deployment and management.

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

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 in the United States and Canada who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can reach Microsoft text telephone (TTY/TDD) services at (800) 892-5234. 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 eMazzanti Technologies products and services, call (866) EMAZZANTI, (201) 360-4400 or visit the website at:
www.emazzanti.net

For more information about HP ProBook 5310m products and services, call (800) 888-9909 or visit the website at:
www.hp.com/go/notebooks  

For more information about Deepwater Wind products and services, call (201) 850-1717 or visit the website at:
www.dwwind.com

Solution Overview



Organization Size: 12 employees

Organization Profile

Deepwater Wind develops wind farms in deep waters off the east coast of the United States, and is known for revolutionary inventions such as its proprietary “jacket” turbine foundation technology.


Business Situation

Deepwater Wind needed a faster, more intuitive, and energy-efficient system that would enhance productivity while aligning with its commitment to sustainability.


Solution

Employees use Windows 7 Professional and the HP ProBook 5310m together for more mobile flexibility, easier ways to accomplish tasks, and energy efficient systems that align with the company vision.


Benefits

  • Faster network printer connections
  • Improved productivity
  • Enhanced security

Hardware
  • HP ProBook 5310m


Software and Services
Windows 7 Professional

Vertical Industries
Resources & Environment

Country/Region
United States

Business Need
  • Business Productivity
  • Mobility

IT Issue
Personal Productivity

Languages
English

Partner(s)
eMazzanti Technologies HP

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