Nearly 8,000 of King County’s 10,000 PCs will be laptops by the year 2020.
“Laptops use less energy and allow more flexibility,” said KCIT Communications Manager Jamie Holter. “We have a goal of 80% laptop deployment by 2020, up from 27% a year ago.”
Last year, KCIT moved forward to standardize on laptop and mobile devices to reduce annual County expenses by some $800,000, providing employees mobility and flexibility with energy-efficient laptop computers.
That flexibility will allow County employees to be connected while working in the field, working from various County conference rooms and meeting venues, collaborating with other employees throughout the County, and while telecommuting when convenient or necessary. For example, an employee who assesses a piece of property can now take digital notes onsite and won’t have to spend time capturing data twice.
Mobility and flexibility are not the only benefits of the County’s decision to deploy laptops. According to Ashley Boyd, Enterprise Manager with KCIT, laptops use as little as one fourth of the energy a typical desktop PC might consume. “This 75% reduction in power consumption, for 10,000 county PCs, adds up to significant reductions in energy consumption and County utility spending,” said Ashley.
“We are also taking a new approach to procurement,” added Jamie. “We used to order as needed. Now we are moving to more of a life cycle approach and changing out entire departments at a time. It’s more cost effective to do business this way, and it helps us manage lifecycles and software upgrades.”
While a standard user laptop is now the default for all PC requests, KCIT recognizes that there are unique business requirements for full work stations for a variety of professions throughout the County. “In those situations, we continue to have other equipment types predetermined and readily available to meet these special business needs,” added Ashley. “These will be determined on a case-by-case basis.”
The increased deployment of laptops will also enhance King County’s reputation as a government technology leader. King County has been recognized by the Center for Digital Government as one of the United States’ top 10 digital counties 11 times over the past 12 years.