By Andy Price | Thu, 13/06/2013
The result would be that savings can be re-allocated to the IT department, which would be a key enabler for change.
Respondents revealed that the most popular cost savings measures are ‘reducing IT power and cooling costs’ (20%) the introduction of PC energy management software (17%) and the introduction of virtualisation (16%).
The survey, which was conducted by PC energy management provider Verismic, questioned 127 IT managers – 84% came from UK higher education, further educations, and second schools.
34% of IT managers in education also cited their institutions’ carbon footprint as ‘very important’ and 45% ‘somewhat important’.
However, only 9% said they had ‘considerable knowledge’ of PC management software.
“Despite great interest there is sadly a lack of immediate priority by IT managers in education to deploy energy-based cost savings measures – a leaning towards likely use in 18 rather than 12-months,” said Ashley Leonard, CEO of Verismic.
“For PC energy management specifically, I believe this can be directly attributed to a lack of knowledge around the benefits for the institution and mis-perceptions as to the realistic and reportable cost-savings.
“As a result, IT managers are missing out on savings of around £60 per PC per annum – for a large education institution aggregated PC energy management savings could pay for a vital teacher or other frontline professional.”
But despite this view, the survey also showed a lack of enthusiasm because 27% said that energy-based cost savings ‘are not returned to my department’.
Often, the savings are returned to the facilities team, which pays the energy bill.
The results were independently analysed and reviewed by Richard Hadfield, education expert. Richard is currently working on various ICT projects with the Department of Education.
Hadfield commented: “from this survey it is very clear that energy cost saving and carbon footprint agendas are inextricably linked.
“Further effort must be apportioned to increase IT managers’ knowledge and awareness of the benefits that can be delivered via technology based solutions.”