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August 18, 2008

Dow Chemical Deploys More Than 44,000 Lenovo Computers Worldwide

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Looking to support increased productivity, flexibility and improved computing reliability, the Dow Chemical Company has deployed more than 44,000 ThinkPad notebooks and ThinkCentre desktops from Lenovo (News - Alert) throughout its offices worldwide. With the help of Lenovo, ThinkVantage Technologies, a suite of self-help productivity tools that come preloaded on every ThinkPad notebook and ThinkCentre desktop, Dow transitioned its workforce located in more than 160 countries to the new fleet of Lenovo computers within six months.

Looking to include an easily accessible internal Web portal via a button on employees’ computers, Dow and Lenovo developed the current Dow Workstation. Now, employees can use their computers to connect them to other Dow personnel, as well as to company information, security patches and downloads to maintain a standardized software and security image.
Allowing employees to optimize the way they work and truly enabling a global, mobile workforce, the Dow Workstation is the centerpiece of Dow’s IT toolkit.
Dow reduced individual employee time spent migrating data by 75 percent with the help of the Lenovo System Migration Assistant, which transfers files and settings from a user’s old computer to his or her new PC. Also, to eliminate storage costs and complete the company-wide refresh quickly, Lenovo’s order-to-delivery speed allowed Dow to implement rollouts using a near zero inventory-on-hand strategy.
The workstation implementation includes Energy Star 4.0 rated ThinkPad T60 and T60p notebooks and ThinkCentre M52 desktops. By reducing the company’s overall carbon footprint and controlling energy costs, these models support Dow’s commitment to sustainability. Also, Lenovo’s Active Protection System on every employee’s ThinkPad notebook helps protect the system hard drive in case of an accidental fall or sudden movement.
“This PC deployment was one of the largest in Dow’s history and made as seamless as possible because of our decision to use Lenovo PCs with ThinkVantage Technologies,” said Mack Murrell, vice president, Information Systems, The Dow Chemical Company. “Our new Lenovo solution aligns to our Information Systems strategy by simplifying network security and daily data back-ups to effectively manage our growing global, mobile workforce. The easy wireless connectivity on our ThinkPad notebooks provides reliable and fast access to information.”
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Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju's articles, please visit his columnist page.

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