Leonardo DRS Drives IT Standardization Mission with Nitro

“We saw an opportunity to further improve efficiencies by standardizing on a PDF solution for our knowledge worker group.”

Walter Wilinsky, CIO at Leonardo DRS

Founded in 1968, Leonardo DRS provides integrated products, services, and support to military forces, intelligence agencies, and prime contractors worldwide.


Arlington, VA, USA

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In 2013, Leonardo DRS launched a company-wide initiative aimed at centralizing IT operations and standardizing disparate services, tools, and processes across its 40+ North American and UK locations. This strategic shift in vision and mission revealed an opportunity to improve IT efficiency by standardizing on a PDF solution for its knowledge worker user group.

Before standardizing on Nitro:

  • Leonardo DRS locations were purchasing PDF software independently, resulting in a mix of solutions across the organization that were inefficient to support and maintain.
  • PDF editing tools were not readily available for all Leonardo DRS employees who needed them.
  • License management for existing PDF tools was disjointed and inconsistent across Leonardo DRS’s various offices, opening the door to security and non-compliance risks.

Rolling out Nitro has aligned well with our mission and vision to create a single, united IT organization across the business.

Walter Wilinsky, CIO at Leonardo DRS

The Nitro Difference

Simplified licensing

Standardizing on Nitro streamlined the process of equipping users, enabled broader deployment, and simplified IT administration of PDF software across Leonardo DRS as a whole.

Usability and fit

As a Microsoft-based organization, Leonardo DRS found Nitro’s Office-like interface and integrations helpful in driving quick and easy user adoption.

More productivity, more users

Described by CIO Walter Wilinsky as “really something everybody likely needs,” Nitro was rolled out to more knowledge workers throughout the business, enabling more efficient document workflows.

As part of its broader IT centralization initiative, Leonardo DRS signed an enterprise agreement with Nitro in 2015, making Nitro PDF Pro the standard PDF editing solution for its entire knowledge worker user base.

Key Takeaways

checkbox Easier IT administration and license management

checkbox Improved user productivity

checkbox Standardized training and support processes

checkbox Reduced and centralized PDF budget

Nitro was a huge win for us in terms of our IT centralization initiatives, having made it possible to standardize on a single PDF solution for more than 2,200 of our users across multiple sites. If only we could do this with more tools.

Walter Wilinsky,
CIO at Leonardo DRS

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