Warrington-based software specialist Certero claims to be the biggest PC power management solution supplier to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) thanks to a clutch of new contract wins.
Since January Certero has signed deals to supply its PowerStudio power management product to more than twelve NHS organisations. Contract wins have included Guy’s and St Thomas Foundation Trust in London, Aintree Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, and Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Two surprises here. Firstly, that such public sector organisations - subject to budget cuts and in the middle of a recession - have only just got round to installing PC power management software. The amount of money they’ve been wasting, and unnecessary emissions they’ve been generating, for the last five years or so doesn’t bear thinking about. Certero maintains that PowerStudio offers a payback period of 4-6 months with more than 30% energy cost savings, and other suppliers make similar claims, so why have all these hospitals waited so long?
The second surprise is that, although I wrote an in-depth report on PC power management software not so long ago, Certero is a new supplier to me. There are a large number of companies in this market, with a few major players and many smaller competitors, so Certero has done well to corner so much of the NHS opportunity.
In the long run, though, the PC power management software market is doomed, as competition erodes prices at the same time as the functionality becomes incorporated in other PC management solutions. Not good news for the specialist suppliers, but Certero is one of the companies with other strings to its bow – its main business focus is broader software asset management.