The Data Protection Act
It now costs more to run a computer, than to buy a computer.
Depending on the make and model of computers that you use, and the working habits of your staff, you could save between £40 and £120 per year, per PC if you manage the energy usage intelligently.
Many organisations have deployed software to automatically shut computers down at a certain time every night, but this is only part of the solution.
Most staff do not work non-stop between 9:00am and 7:00pm each evening, they have internal meetings, external meetings, travelling time, telephone conversations and lunch breaks.
One Planet Computing focuses not only on the "average" energy consumption of the device, but also monitors the actual activity on each device on an individual basis.
For example if one of your employees leaves for a meeting at 1:00pm and forgets to shutdown their computer but your power management solution is not aware of this, you could be wasting 6 hours of electricty waiting for an automatic shutdown at 7:00pm.
To find out how much you could be saving, see the calculators located here.
In the past organisations would replace IT equipment every 3 years.
For many this has now become 4-5 years as IT departments are being asked to "sweat the assets". Typically the issues around this are the gradual slow-down of systems struggling to cope and a general sense of discomfort and frustration from other employees.
One Planet Computing can extend the working life of your existing equipment for another 5-10 years as a modern virtual desktop, or cloud desktop with no loss of performance.
In fact 90%+ of organisations will actually see a noticeable performance boost.
IT departments will often have to dedicate a significant portion of their budget to the provision of "redundant systems". In most cases "redundancy" means buy twice as much of everything that is important, just to be sure.
As the name suggests, these systems are sat idle (sometimes for years on end) just waiting for a disaster to happen. It is quite common for redundant systems to have become obsolete before they have ever been called into service.
How do you get back information that has been stolen or published wirhout your consent?
The recent wikileaks exposure show how easily a quarter of a million documents could be stolen and published without the Pentagon noticing until after the announcements were made.
Most criminals or disgruntled employees would not advertise the theft of sensitive information and the first thing you would know about it would be after a serious breach had already occurred, or the information had already been disclosed (or as is increasingly common, sold to a competitor).
DATA PROTECTION ACT
New powers under the Data Protection Act allow for fines of up to £500,000 for each breach where negligence can be shown on the part of the organisation.
"The Data Protection Act 1998 is a United Kingdom Act of Parliament which defines UK law on the processing of data on identifiable living people. It is the main piece of legislation that governs the protection of personal data in the UK"
The Payment Card Industry (PCI) also have strict legislation regarding the storage of financial information.
Failing to meet PCI DSS criteria means that the ability to store credit card information or take payments from credit cards and debit cards can be withdrawn.
Most modern businesses could not survive without being able to accept electronic payments.
Server Based Computing and Virtual Desktops also make it easy to move between offices seamlessly.
It can also enable branch offices to have access to the same applications, databases and ERP/CRM systems as everybody else at the head office, without costly infrastructure upgrades.