Mark Templeton has just kicked off Synergy 2010 with our Innovation Awards!  The winner is… The Co-operative Group from the UK!!  Having worked with the team at The Co-op for some time, I’m over the moon with its success – thoroughly deserved 

Dave Murrell, head of servers, storage and desktops, collected the award on stage from Mark Templeton following the exclusive showing of its case study video.  The highlight certainly has to be the £1.5 million savings per year thanks to desktop virtualisation!

Mark summarised The Co-operative Group’s success as an achievement of business Innovation, flexibility and change.  If that’s not something for the UK team and SCC to celebrate with Dave Murrell, Ian Cawson and the team at The Co-operative Group at tonight’s Synergy party, then I don’t know what is!

Congratulations to all of our finalists and here’s the summary of The Co-operative Group’s Innovation Award nomination

Retail Co-operative Slashes Carbon Emissions, While Improving Work-Life Balance…and Profits ** Desktop virtualisation enables greater work flexibility, improving employee satisfaction and productivity while reducing costs

    • Millions saved on hardware, licensing, support, and energy means higher profits for members
    • Virtualised servers and desktops help reduce the Group’s carbon footprint

Owned and controlled by its 4.5 million members, The Co-operative Group–the U.K.’s largest consumer cooperativefocuses on providing its customers with both good value and good values. Sustainability is now a key priority, as is support for creating greater flexibility and agility for its 123,000 employees. The Co-operative is using Citrix virtualisation solutions to slash its carbon emissions and create a more flexible, employee-friendly workplace–while achieving dramatic cost reductions to boost profits for its members. Increasing both satisfaction and productivity helps the Co-operative demonstrate its commitment to employee-friendly work practices and attract the kind of young, savvy workers who can contribute to its growth and competitive advantage.

The Co-operative has used Citrix application virtualisation for years to support distribution centres, branch offices, third party access and mobile workers. Citrix-powered desktop virtualisation is now delivering even greater flexibility for Co-operative employees, enabling them to work from any location on any device and leading the company to explore the commercial benefits of mobile devices and bring-your-own-computer (BYOC) initiatives. Workloads can also be shifted easily from location to location to meet the dynamic needs of the Co-operative’s diversified family of businesses.

The shift from physical desktops to standardised, centrally managed virtual desktops will deliver considerable savings on desktop support. At the same time, the replacement of 3,000 virtual desktops with low-power thin client devices in the coming two years will save up to £1.53 million per year on desktop PC upgrade costs. In the data centres, water-cooled racks and overhead and cold aisle containment technology has been implemented to house HP Blade and Citrix server virtualisation. This will help the Co-operative save up to £459,000 per year on lower server, storage, and desktop PC energy bills. In this light, the goal of the Co-operative to reduce its total carbon emissions against 2006 levels by 35 percent by 2017 seems as realistic as it is visionary. Taken as a whole, the initiatives undertaken by The Co-operative Group are proving that social responsibility and profitability can go hand in hand—with the help of Citrix.

The Co-operative Group uses the following Citrix solutions: Citrix XenDesktop, Citrix XenApp, Citrix Dazzle, Citrix XenServer