Japanese financial group migrates 30,000 Windows XP PCs to Windows 8

Resona Holdings, Inc., which oversees the operations of Resona Bank and other group subsidiaries, has migrated 30,000 PCs to Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013.

The company completed the migration of approximately 30,000 PCs by the end of February 2014, well before the April 8 end of support for Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003. This 30,000-unit deployment of Windows 8 and Office 2013 is one of the largest ever made in Japan.

In November 2012, Resona Holdings, which oversees the operations of Resona Bank, Saitama Resona Bank, The Kinki Osaka Bank and other group companies, announced its intention to become a “true retail bank that is highly trusted by our customers and the local community” in a Business Revitalization Plan that put priority on leveraging its comprehensive capabilities, promoting cross-selling and reducing operational costs.

The company has realized significant cost savings by replacing only about half of the group’s client PCs with new PCs and continuing to use PCs that had been in use for only two years by upgrading their software.

The BitLocker drive encryption technology available in Windows 8 Enterprise creates a stronger security environment at Resona and allows them to maintain compliance.

With desktop virtualization technology to migrate business applications in April–August 2013, and with Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM) to carry out Windows 8 policy design and system configuration, successive migration of approximately 30,000 PCs was completed by the end of February 2014 after test installation in two branches.

The SCCM enabled remote automated software installation and dramatically reduced the time required for large-scale upgrades, and enables simple, low-cost client environment management.

“We needed to keep the costs of migrating to a new operating system down by making effective use of the latest system,” said Tetsuya Shiratori, Executive Officer and General Manager, Information Technology Planning Division of Resona Holdings, Inc. “We decided to migrate straight to Windows 8, and there was no opposition to the approach of leveraging the latest products to boost efficiency. In addition to the cost savings resulting from the use of new standard Windows 8 functions, and the great usability, including boot speed, we also managed the whole migration operation with unprecedented speed by using SCCM.”

Microsoft products adopted by Resona Holdings in conjunction with migration are Windows 8 Enterprise, Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013, Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, and Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection.