Written by Jonny Williamson
As one of the world’s leading manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, Parker’s 52,000 employees, operating in nearly 50 countries, provide products which are used in a sectors ranging from commercial and mobile, to industrial and aerospace.
Parker needed to streamline its IT systems management, eliminate waste and reduce costs, without detrimentally affecting reliability and maintaining efficiency. Tasked with this difficult job, Parker’s IT team identified a range of issues contributing to unnecessary operational costs including power-wasting PCs, unused software licences and time-consuming software updates, patches and distributions.
Realising the daunting task ahead of them, Parker utilised an integrated suite of software from 1E, a global company pioneering efficient IT solutions, to help reduce server numbers, network bandwidth constraints, software licences and energy consumption.
“No other solution on the market is as proven or robust as 1E’s,” says Parker’s IT Project Leader, Michael Powlison. “Its products work together seamlessly and are tightly integrated – providing the only comprehensive IT efficiency and power management solution that integrates with Microsoft’s System Centre Configuration Manager Platform (ConfigMgr).”
Parker had previously chosen Microsoft’s ConfigMgr to manage, support and maintain its distributed network of computer resources, but found that the popular system was inefficient as a single IT efficiency solution.
“1E exponentially extended the functionality of ConfigMgr,” Powlison states. “In fact our investment in Microsoft’s systems management software would have been a massive drain if we didn’t implement 1E’s IT efficiency solutions. In addition to its technical prowess and commitment to customer service, 1E’s close relationship with Microsoft’s made it an easy choice.”
Parker integrated a range of 1E’s software, principally ‘NightWatchman’, ‘Nomad Enterprise’, ‘WakeUp’ and ‘Shopping’ into its own IT systems, managing to eliminate the need for over 450 servers, reduced help desk demands and cut power costs. ‘Nomad Enterprise’, for example, reduces the amount of servers required to deploy software patches by utilising spare bandwidth in a company’s existing network, working in conjunction with ‘WakeUp’ which allows network patches to be deployed out-of-hours, among other functions. Cumulatively, integrating 1E’s software amounted to savings for Parker of an estimated $2million in server costs and $600,000 in energy costs alone.
“We’ve saved a substantial amount on hardware and software costs and reduced our energy use,” concludes Powlison. “What we can’t easily assign a dollar value to is the sheer resource and time savings that we’ve been able to achieve now that our IT team and end users can stay more focused on strategic initiatives.”