Windows helps Reckitt clean up its IT

Household goods manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser, which makes cleaning products such as Dettol, Harpic and Finish, has claimed significant efficiencies by simplifying its IT infrastructure.

Household goods manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser, which makes cleaning products such as Dettol, Harpic and Finish, has claimed significant efficiencies by simplifying its IT infrastructure.

The company 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, selling into 180, also consolidated its servers down from 720 to 627, and introduced central network management.

Before the IT overhaul, when system problems occurred, it was difficult to pinpoint the source, which in turn slowed down business operations, the company said.

Reckitt Benckiser was using Windows NT Server 4.0 Enterprise Edition, with 9,000 desktop end-users spread throughout the domains with each one being managed with its own unique set of common rules and procedures.

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