General Mills Enables Users and Reduces IT Work with New Desktop Management Tools Management Tools

General Mills, one of the world’s leading food companies, operates globally in very competitive markets. To remain creative and agile, the company needed to provide users with the latest technology without raising IT costs or sacrificing network security. To meet these needs, General Mills deployed Microsoft desktop optimization technologies, including Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and Microsoft Application Virtualization. The IT staff can now make PC transitions 80 percent faster, offer more models to better fit business needs, and reduce technical engineering work. It is performing one million software installations a year, and has cut software imaging costs by U.S.$450,000 annually. General Mills has implemented tighter software licensing controls and automated common support tasks. Users are happy, and the IT staff is smiling, too—a recipe for business success.


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