BAA, which runs seven airports in the UK including Heathrow, is deploying Windows 7 as part of a five-year pan to slash IT costs.
The company has chosen Windows 7 to simplify its IT environment in a bid to cut IT operational expenses year on year by a third.
BAA chief information officer Philip Langsdale, speaking at a Microsoft customer and partner event in London, said, "We are moving away from a fairly complex design. It is much easier if you can hold Microsoft accountable for whole chunks of your design."
Windows 7 supports the BAA simplification strategy. "Complexity breeds costs. Windows 7 seems to work out of the box. We want to get away from over-engineering through enhancing the operating systems ourselves."
BAA has constrained Windows 7 to prevent customisation. "We have used it out of box so PC deployment can be streamlined," Langsdale said.This policy has meant that calls to the IT helpdesk have been "going away", he said.
Although Langsdale was upbeat on BAA's deployment of Windows 7, he reported some minor issues. "Our existing laptop and PCs will need upgrading. We've had some issues with migrations and have invested in making sure applications are ready for windows 7. There are lots of small issues, but the migration has been pretty smooth. It's a relatively easy migration."
Baker Tilly is another organisation that has gone down the Microsoft early adopter programme. It has managed to extend the life of aging PCs by 12 months, thanks to Windows 7.
However, as Computer Weekly has previously reported, some IT directors will find it hard to justify a desktop upgrade to their CEOs.