Doing your b(IT) in a financial crisis

We are in a financial crisis. The signs can no longer be ignored, with politicians finally confessing that recession is imminent and that the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better.

As a result, ramifications are being felt across all industries, and most recently, analyst firm Gartner has predicted the current economic turmoil will eventually hit spending in the IT sector.

However, whilst it is all too easy to be swept away in the consequences of the imminent ‘R’ word, it’s important for businesses to take stock of their current situations and look towards the long term futures of the industry.

For instance, Gartner has also recently commented that although the sector will see less growth, the damage won’t be as bad as during the dot com bust, and that the worst case scenario would see spending increase by 2.3 per cent compared to previous expectations of 5.8 per cent.

But what can the IT sector do to help soften the impact of the current financial crises? It’s simple, lead by example. Take, for instance, the issue of switching off. Aside from the green factor, money is needlessly spent on wasted electricity.

Many PCs and servers are left switched on, even when they are not in use. An average PC switched on for 24 hours per day, 220 days per year will be responsible for up to a tonne of CO2 over a 3 year period and cost £53 per year in electricity.

This, and consequently contributory causes of a financial crises, can be changed, literally, at the flick of a switch.

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