There’s always pros and cons upgrading your business operating system. For organisations like Gareth Morgan Investments, with the confidentiality of financial investments into KiwiSaver, Superannuation and Private Portfolios on the line, the stakes are high to ensure that rolling out any new operating system does not compromise security.
Gareth Morgan Investments charged Senior System Engineer Jaspreet Sandila to roll out an upgrade from Windows versions 7/8 to Windows 10, right across the company’s 130 employees.
We spoke with Jaspreet, to find out how they are going with migrating their operating system to Windows 10.
Why upgrade to Windows 10?
“The employees at Gareth Morgan had a mixture of Windows 7, 8 and 10. This made rolling out routine security patches for our organisation over-complicated. As some of our employees worked from home, or in public places, we also needed to implement an infrastructure that we could lock-down or wipe devices, if they got stolen or suffered a breach,” says Jaspreet.
What are the benefits of using Windows 10?
Jaspreet explains that the improved security was been a big part of their upgrade to Windows 10 but the way in which they are using devices is also changing.
“We are also simultaneously rolling out a fleet of Microsoft laptops. About 40% of our users have Surface books which multi-purpose as laptops and tablets. They also have infra-red cameras so we can register users for Microsoft ‘Hello’ which eliminates the use of passwords – further reducing one of our biggest security risks.”
“The other huge advantage is Bitlocker,” says Jaspreet. Gareth Morgan had installed User Access Control (UAC) which they reported, functioned more seamlessly in a Windows 10, compared to Windows 8.
When earthquakes in Wellington restricted access to the Gareth Morgan offices, because of the software and security upgrades, staff could get back up and running in 5–6 different places across Wellington.
“It was a good test,” says Jaspreet.” Before the upgrades, if we worked out of the office, we used to work through a VPN but logging on was tedious. Now we work in an operating system that works seamlessly on- or off-site,” he said. “It’s peace of mind for the security of our end-user devices.”
The other key benefit for Gareth Morgan is productivity. The end-user computing environment is an important factor with how happy employees are, and Jaspreet says that has improved output and productivity for staff.
Finally, another feature of Windows 10 is the ‘snap’ function which allows users to snap up to four windows to each corner of the desktop – which is handy for cross-checking across multiple spreadsheets.
What about implementation?
The IT team found the deployment of Windows 10 much easier than Windows 8. Jaspreet speculated that it was likely to be a combination of his team’s collective experience, the product itself and the upgrade to Surface books.
“It’s definitely been worthwhile upgrading our business to Windows 10,” says Jaspreet.
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