There is no magic formula for lowering TCO in a Windows environment because organizations vary so dramatically...
in size, structure and market. Other things one must consider when calculating TCO include whether or not a company has the latest and greatest hardware, and if an IT staff requires training in the newest platform. Plus, there's the consideration of what you're migrating from -- are you going from NetWare to Windows 2000 or are you going from NT to 2000? And these are just a few of the factors involved in calculating TCO.
Tom Pisello, CEO/founder and president, Alinean, put these considerations into perspective during his presentation at Enterprise Windows Decisions. He presented a worksheet that helped attendees find the formula that best matches their organization and gave a real understanding of TCO for specific requirements.
You can download Tom's PowerPoint presentation from the conference.