Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Foundation Trust (Norfolk and Waveney MHFT) has nearly 1,600 full and part-time practitioners delivering care for service users in hospitals, in the community and in their own homes, with an additional 600 staff providing non-clinical support services such as cleaning, catering, delivering supplies, ward administration and running transport. In total employees use 1,500 PCs and 250 laptops.
Norfolk and Waveney MHFT has an ICT department of 24 people who are responsible for all its core IT infrastructure and services, including technical support, project management, training, clinical systems and security. “We deal with a wide range of IT needs here,” explains Alan Vigus, Head of ICT Services. “Although we are generally able to provide a comprehensive and seamless service, over time we have evolved separate systems for handling patch management, virus control, system upgrades and other maintenance tasks. With these upgrades happening with increasing frequency, we began to think about ways to consolidate overall desktop management.”
During the planning stages of this review, the team became aware of the costs of high energy consumption caused by overnight upgrades and the practice of leaving computers on all night to allow these to happen. “This was in direct conflict with the Trust’s wish to become ‘greener’, and we realized we could save a significant amount of money if we could find a way to perform upgrades in a faster and more controlled manner,” comments Alan.
Vigus’ team looked at the PC power management solution, NightWatchman from 1E which enables total workstation switch-on, product install and switch off, for 100% guaranteed patch management success and reduced PC power consumption. “I was intrigued, so we carried out an informal trial of NightWatchman across ten machines to see what happened,” says Alan.
The result was unambiguous. Even with so few machines running a single element of the solution, the team gathered data which proved that by configuring auto-shutdown and wake up, substantial savings in energy and cost could be achieved. “With this evidence, we were able to provide a compelling business case for deploying the full PC power management across the whole Trust,” recalls Alan.
Read the full case to see what savings Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Foundation Trust made by deploying PC power management.