IT clean-up streamlines business at Reckitt Benckiser

Household goods maker Reckitt Benckiser has claimed significant efficiencies from simplifying its IT infrastructure.

Household goods maker Reckitt Benckiser has claimed significant efficiencies from simplifying its IT infrastructure.

The company, whose brands include Dettol, Vanish, Harpic and Finish, implemented Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition with Microsoft Active Directory to simplify its server infrastructure.

“The reduction of domains from 96 to three together with the speed of the deployment in just a few months have made a major contribution to greater efficiency throughout our business,” said Tony Gallagher, senior vice-president for information services at Reckitt Benckiser.

The company, which manufactures in 60 countries and sells into 180, also consolidated its servers, reducing the number from 720 to 627, and introduced central network management.

Before the IT overhaul, it had been difficult to pinpoint the source of system problems, which in turn slowed down business operations, said the company.

The company was using Windows NT Server 4.0 Enterprise Edition, and had 9,000 desktop users spread throughout 96 domains, with each domain managed with its own unique set of common rules and procedures.

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