Tool helps feds figure ROI of PC upgrades

Research firm Government Insights announced the availability of a tool to help federal information technology managers calculate the return on investment for PC replacements, upgrades or migrations.

The tool uses current General Services Administration pricing for PCs to help managers analyze and assess scenarios such as PC upgrades and the effects of IPv6, company representatives said.

New rules, such as the Federal Desktop Core Configuration, and the looming end of Microsoft's support for Windows XP have sounded the alarm for federal IT managers to take a hard look at how they will upgrade or replace their PCs, according to Government Insights.

The company has also issued a research report titled 'A Perfect PC Storm: A Tool for Federal Agencies to Calculate Service Gains and ROI as Events Converge to Force Client-Side Infrastructure Optimization' (Document no. GI212867). It outlines some of the problems federal IT managers are facing. For example, the report explores the growing use of laptop PCs, which are becoming the preferred client machine at many federal agencies.

In 2008, many agencies are expected to buy more laptop than desktop machines. Because laptop PCs have more built-in technology ' such as monitors, wireless connectivity and keyboards ' managers can eliminate many peripherals and reduce the power consumption generated by older monitors and computer designs, company representatives said.

Government Insights will host a Webcast to demonstrate the capabilities of its new tool on Aug. 6 at 1 p.m. For information, contact info@government-insights.com.

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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