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1E – Experts in Software Lifecycle Automation

1E’s mission is simple: to enable our customers to automate the full software lifecycle across their business. Through Software Lifecycle Automation employees become more productive, the business becomes more agile, and their IT departments more reactive to change – able to automate more processes, and save money. Our customers remove unused software, servers, and reduce network bandwidth whilst providing their users with the software they need, when they need it. As a result our customers save millions on hardware, software, energy, and people.

1E is headquartered in London, with regional offices in New York, Dublin, and New Delhi. With more than 26 million licenses deployed worldwide, 1,700 organizations in 42 countries trust us to help them to work efficiently, productively and sustainably. To date, our customers have made $2.6 billion in productivity improvements. This includes $1.4 billion in energy costs alone and a reduction in CO2 emissions of 12.4 million tons.

Our customers are drawn from public and private sectors across the world and include many of the world’s largest and most respected businesses. They includes Verizon Wireless, Dell, ING, Nestlé, BNP Paribas, Ford Motor Company, the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the UK Department of Work and Pensions. Our largest customers have more than 500,000 seats, our smallest just 500.

“4.7 million servers are not doing any useful work, wasting nearly $21bn per year on hardware, maintenance and management, with an extra $3.8bn wasted on energy.“

“Every day, over 54 million workers in the United States make the decision not to turn off their PCs at the end of the day, wasting $2.8bn.“

Alliance to Save Energy, Server Energy & Efficiency Report ’09


1E supports many energy efficiency, sustainability and green IT initiatives including the EU Data Centre Code of Conduct, the US Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, the European and US Alliance to Save Energy. We have also commissioned a significant amount of independent research on PC (PC Energy Report) and Server (Server Energy & Efficiency Report) energy and efficiency.


1E was formed back in 1997 by Sumir Karayi, Mark Blackburn and Phil Wilcock who got together whilst working at Microsoft. Highly technical and with many years of experience with blue chip organizations, they saw a need to reduce the cost of managing Windows PCs and Servers. Starting with £1500 capital, 1E was built upon a strong belief in technical excellence and team spirit, a tradition that successfully continues today.

Our early projects proved to be very successful. NPI, for instance, reported a 5-fold saving in the cost of running Windows PCs with the RTM version of Microsoft SMS 2.0. Through word of mouth and sheer hard work, 1E gained a reputation as the leading Microsoft Systems Management specialist.

Our first software solutions automated waking-up PCs for patching and saving energy when they were not being used. We were pioneers in PC Power Management and Green IT even though the environment was not a hot topic in those days. We knew we were doing the right thing in helping companies reduce their waste at the same time as saving them money. Since then we have added further solutions that are focused on cost savings; solutions that reduce branch office based servers, reduce helpdesk calls through automation and reduce software license waste.

Our first conference was back in 2000 at what is now the Microsoft Management Summit and it was a lot of fun. We realized how important it was to get to know our customers and the community and for them to feel part of our extended 1E family. We hosted our first 1E party to say “thank you” to our supporters and have continued this tradition ever since.

Now more than 10 years later, Sumir remains at the helm as CEO with Mark and Phil still actively involved. Our solutions are market leading and we continue to help our customers save significant amounts of money every day.


People often ask us where the name came from … and there have been many suggestions put forward over the years. No, 1E does not stand for One Earth, though we have a strong belief in Social Responsibility. The definitive origin of the name is from a BSOD Windows error:



Back in the early days, this was the favourite error code of the founders, one which they helped clients avoid.



BAAF-logo-220x1201E is a committed supporter of BAAF supporting their work finding adoptive families for children in care and supporting their fostering work. Both provide children in care with safe, stable, and secure family lives. High quality adoption and fostering services are needed because children who come into care usually have very troubled family backgrounds, many of them are traumatised. These children need consistent and skilled parenting to help them to try and recover from the reasons why they came into care. There are currently 91,000 children in care in the UK, and 6,000 of them need to be adopted, so 1E’s support for BAAF’s fostering work is vital in helping the charity make a significant impact across the UK.

1E hosts regular charity events in aid of BAAF, as well as fundraising through events such as the London Marathon.


“Someone to…” is a brief but powerful animated film made with children in foster care today. It tells the stories of two characters created by the children, Tom and Vanessa. Through hearing about Tom and Vanessa’s lives we learn about what makes a good or a bad experience for a child in foster care and we hear what children need most from their foster carers.

1E has also supported BAAF’s ‘Supporting Children’s Learning’ training pack, designed to help foster carers support the education of the children in their care.


The Manav Mandir Ashram Orphanage in India provides a home for destitute children. It is located at Roop Vihar, near Ashram Chowk, New Delhi. The gurukul was started on Mahavir Jayanti Day in 1993 in the temple building. 1E has been associated with the Ashram for several years.

1E has taken on the responsibility of educating 23 children at the orphanage by sending them to private school. The children are performing well and we hope to see them through college in the coming years.



innocent-world-310x200Masoom Duniya is a school for physically and mentally challenged children run by the Innocent World Charitable Society. It takes special care of children suffering from Down’s syndrome.

The school was founded in December 2004 in Dwarka by Mr. Nayal. The school is run from Mr. Nayal’s house who is extremely dedicated to serving the children. The 33 students attending the school suffer from a range of problems. 1E pays the salaries for a speech therapist and a psychologist to come in and train the children. A special educator is also employed to manage the program with the aim of teaching the students the different life skills required in their everyday lives.


1E has been actively involved in sponsoring the education of children from the under-privileged classes. We provide funding for children to be sent to reputable schools, along with their tuition fees, uniforms, books and extracurricular requirements. We are currently sponsoring children from the Khaitan Public School and Maharishi Vidya Mandir school in Noida and St Clares Convent in Mussoorie.


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. In an effort to help find cures and save children, 1E has raised thousands of dollars in funds to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

To discover more about 1E’s Charity and Community work, click here

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