Government Insights Releases Interactive ROI Tool for Client-Side PC Infrastructure Optimization ; Assesses inventory of PCs and provides instant ROI calculations for multiple scenarios

FALLS CHURCH, VA – July 3, 2008 – Leading independent research and advisory firm, Government Insights, an IDC company, today announced the availability of a dynamic new tool for calculating return on investment (ROI) for PC replacements, upgrades, or migrations. Designed for use by Federal IT managers, the tool reflects current GSA pricing for PCs and provides detailed assessments and spending analyses for different scenarios, including reviews of IPv6 and server-side upgrades.

The Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) rules, security upgrades, the looming end of Microsoft's support for Windows XP, and other issues mean that government PCs will soon need either significant upgrades or outright replacement. The ROI tool was created by Government Insights to help with this decision process. An accompanying research report, A Perfect PC Storm: A Tool for Federal Agencies to Calculate Service Gains and ROI as Events Converge to Force Client-Side Infrastructure Optimization (Doc #GI212429), outlines all the current issues facing Federal IT managers.

"Government IT managers have a lot of decisions to make in the months ahead related to the personal computers within their organizations and this tool is needed for government IT managers to quickly assess their inventory of PCs and make targeted ROI calculations in multiple scenarios. Only then can they make fully informed decisions whether to upgrade, replace, or migrate to a new solutions platform," said Shawn McCarthy, research director for Government Infrastructure Optimization and Vendor programs at Government Insights.

The research report further explores the growing use of notebooks/laptops in many levels of government. Laptops are slowly becoming the preferred client machine at many federal agencies and, during 2008, the scales will tip and many agencies will purchase more laptops than desktop machines. Notebooks contain more technology (built-in monitors, wireless connectivity, keyboard, mouse, etc.), which will let managers eliminate certain peripherals thereby reducing power consumption, not only via the older-style monitors, but also through onboard fans and designs, which tend to consume more electricity. The promise of reduced power consumption is just one of several key issues facing Federal IT managers this year.

Government Insights will be hosting a complimentary Webcast demonstrating the capabilities of its new ROI tool on August 6, 2008, at 1:00 pm Eastern. The event is open to all and registration is required. To schedule a one-on-one briefing with Shawn McCarthy, please contact Sarah Murray at 781-794-3214 or For more information on purchasing the report and tool, contact:

About Government Insights, an IDC Company

Government Insights, an IDC company, provides government organizations and IT vendors who serve them with research-based advisory and consulting services that enable government executives to maximize the value of their technology investments; minimize technology risk through accurate planning; benchmark themselves against industry peers; adopt industry best practices for organizational/technology alignment; make more informed technology decisions; and drive technology-enabled performance and innovation. Government Insights provides full coverage of the government value chain, with special emphasis on developing and employing strategies that leverage IT investments to maximize organizational performance. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and events company.