You’ve got the go ahead for your green initiative and you instill a PC power management policy in your company. What could be better than saving the world and saving some cash? Hold on… Everybody hates you now, what the heck?
Traditionally there are major stakeholder groups affected by PC power management and they all have varying degrees of love for any green IT initiative. First is the facilities department. The lovers of PC power management; it saves money and accomplishes the goals most green ratings such as LEEDs. Mostly the instigators of power management policy, they should lead the green charge and provide the other stakeholders the tools needed to harmoniously adopt power policy.
Group two is IT. The chaps who moan and groan and roll their eyes whenever someone starts talking about company-wide software deployments. Lets face it, these guys are over worked and under paid. Their worries entail workstation compatibility, additional softwares to be concerned about and time involved to install/configure them. Lets face it; this is a necessary evil to the pursuit of almighty ROI. Since PC power management initiatives are measured in dollars, this is a pretty easy sell. By having accurate and ongoing reporting and the ability to prove the ROI in 6-12 months (usually) is the clincher to wining over the industrious ITers. Most software saves your IT department time, PC power management software is different to them as it saves pure, raw, unadulterated cash. It’s hard to argue that.
Want to find out who else just might hate your new green initiative? Stay tuned to the next installment of PC Power Management – Why they hate it!