Ask a typical Managed Print Services (MPS) provider to describe their business in 2013, and one word you will hear frequently is “exhausting.” Similarly, ask a typical enterprise customer to describe their experience with the services they get from their MPS providers and you might hear the word “tired.” “Exhausting” and “tired” each bring to mind their own images, and neither is particularly good. I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, but it occurs to me that a dose of “energy” needs to be injected into this market to cure the fatigue that ails it.
When organizations think about their PC power management strategy, the ability to put systems into sleep mode only when they are not in use (idle) is always high on the list of requirements. Why? Any impact to end users, even incidental, is unacceptable. With the Surveyor Idle Timer, PCs are actively tracked for actual usage to ensure they go to sleep without impacting end users.
When organizations start thinking about introducing power management into their IT environment, they tend to focus on how they will be putting systems into a lower power state (sleep). But how and when to wake systems is just as important as putting them to sleep.
For a successful implementation, the best approach is to think about the entire power management life cycle: when to put the systems to sleep, how and when to wake them up, what systems to measure and manage, and what level of involvement you want your users to have in the power management process.