Over the past two years Paul Appleton has been migrating from a 40 office, 27 server Novell system to a Microsoft-only set-up. He explained that getting the IT staff on board had been one of the hardest parts of the job.
"The technical staff were the biggest obstacle," he said. "They had long investment in training with Novell and had to see that this was the right move. The turning point for me was getting the technical staff's total agreement."
Nevertheless IT staff agreed to retrain for the new system. Appleton reported that none of his key technical staff had quit and all had received retraining, in some cases as a mandatory requirement.
But in order to meet fiscal demands on the council Appleton was asked to make major cuts, and used the efficiencies of the new system to pay for them by sacking staff.
"I was having to save £250,000 out of our budget and the only way was to reduce staffing," he said.
"So we looked to where Microsoft has helped us save money and started to reduce in that area, losing four out of 16 people from the helpdesk. There's a direct link between working more efficiently and being able to save costs."
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