When I get asked about PC shutdown programs, I honestly reply that this is just one aspect of systems management efficiency programs that I've worked on. It's a good idea not to put all of your eggs in one basket, because not everything you do in the systems management space is going to be a substantial home run. But if you "overseed" -- that is, invest in a broad and integrated portfolio of systems management tools -- you are more likely to have green success with one of them.
Tempted to cobble together free tools by surrounding them with home-brewed scripts? Been there, done that, found it's penny-wise, pound-foolish in many cases. "Please consider the environment before creating carbon footprint surrounding your write-once, use-once scripts."
There are lots of management appliances and software packages out there. Don't pick one just because it does PC shutdown in a particularly sexy way. Pick something that makes sense for your organization in the long run; remote control and remote software deployment contribute to sustainability and carbon footprint just as much as PC shutdown does, and the money saved is just as green. Think creatively!
Jonathan Feldman is an InformationWeek Analytics contributor who works with IT governance in North Carolina. Comment here or write to him at [email protected] or @_jfeldman on Twitter.
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