Following a link from the incisively perceptive @nicoleharris, I read Kim Cameron’s blog post on Microsoft’s internal adoption of a federated architecture based on its Geneva server. Kim cites a NetworkWorld article, in which I spotted the following sentence:
“Microsoft has nearly 410,000 computers and 165,000 users on its network.”
Now, from my time in the employ of various other vendors, I can remember some fairly biting sales arguments about how many IT support staff it took to manage each Microsoft server, and how few actual users each server could support (I think they were attacking the email products that time, but it varied…) – but those folks must be making hay with this bit of data…
A computer-to-user ratio of almost 2.5:1? Wow.