1E, probably best known for its NightWatchman power management products, has today launched a solution aimed at eliminating software waste. Called AppClarity, the software identifies, financially quantifies and eliminates software that’s not being used.
The idea is to ensure that organisations only use – and pay for – the software and licenses they need. AppClarity identifies all software sitting unused on PCs, assigns a cost to wasted software, gives users the ability to make the final decision on whether they really want the software or not, and provides an in-depth analysis of software usage showing where cost efficiencies can be made.
In support of the launch 1E also released some research that showed that over 80% of IT managers in the US and UK have more than $100 of unused software on each of their PCs. That makes a total of $15bn of preventable software costs in organisations in the two countries.
The study found that just 8% of UK and 9% of US organisations systematically reclaim unused software licenses to save money, citing concerns about user reaction, business risk and lack of tools as reasons against action. This is the market that AppClarity is aimed at; “Despite clear benefits and the staggering costs associated with unused software and shelf ware, organisations do not routinely reclaim software licenses,” commented Sumir Karayi, CEO, 1E.
OK, so this is not primarily a green IT product. Clearly there will be some environmental savings in not distributing and maintaining software that’s not being used, but it’s not much. However, this is the market where many green IT products play, i.e. it’s aimed at greater efficiency and less waste in general, which has the side effect of reducing emissions and being more environmentally friendly.
For example, while 1E’s PC power management software is clearly aimed at reducing the power used by PCs by actually turning them off when no one is using them, the server version uses the more roundabout route of identifying machines that are not running any productive applications, which can then be taken out of service. (It’s a more acceptable method for data centre managers who often don’t want software to control the power going to servers).
Anyway, this broader ‘efficiency’ market includes many green IT products and services that benefit from the label. But not (entirely) green IT as we know it, Jim ….