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Posted by Doug Washburn on February 12, 2009
The rolodex of Green IT projects available to IT leadership is seemingly endless. But at some point, prioritization is necessary, and IT professionals tend to gravitate to those projects that produce an acceptable financial return with the path of least resistance. And in recent interactions with Forrester clients, it's becoming clear that PC power management -- the act of powering down PCs when not in use (e.g. nights, weekends) -- is one of those projects IT leadership are willing to act on.
Do I agree? In short yes. And here’s why: PC power management can reduce costs, cheaply and effectively, while at the same time help justify more strategic IT investments and improve your green "credentials." Let me elaborate:
As a final thought: PC power management should be on every IT professional's checklist of low-hanging fruit to reduce costs -- regardless of whether or not IT owns the electricity bill. As a first step, define and optimize your approach to PC power management to estimate potential savings, then determine if your client management suite or PC outsourcer can offer power management functionality. My report "How Much Money Are Your Idle PCs Wasting?" and teleconference "Saving Money While Greening Your IT With PC Power Management" walks you through this in detail.
Free PC Power Management Webinar: As an additional resource, I'd like to call out the IT Power Management Summit -- a free webinar hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Climate Savers Computing Initiative. The intent is to get IT professionals educated on the benefits of PC power management, but most importantly overcome implementation obstacles. There are a number of excellent presenters, including yours truly. I strongly suggest attending to help you move from PC power management awareness to action:
IT Power Management Summit
March 30, 2009, from 12:00-2:00pm EST
Click here to register
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