Other vendors offer applications groomed especially for PC power management, such as Verdiem with its Surveyor product. Surveyor's features include Wake-on-LAN; the ability to save data in open applications (in case Harold in marketing didn't save his Q4 report before taking off); and integrated support for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007. Surveyor also boasts an add-on component called Sustainability Dashboard, an interactive reporting tool that shows how much energy an organization consumes and saves.
1E is another player in the PC power management game. It offers NightWatchman, which delivers features such as Web-based reporting on energy consumption, costs, CO2 emissions, and more. The data is recorded by each client agent and compiled centrally.
The product offers the granular control for creating power management policies and applying different policies to different groups. Moreover, the solution allows IT admins to define a policy to stifle energy-wasting Windows processes (those that provide no useful purpose) while maintaining a PC's stability.
Additionally, NightWatchman integrates with Microsoft ConfigMgr and Systems Management Server 2003. If you're running those products alongside NightWatchman, you can automatically wake PCs for scheduled software or patch distributions.
Given the array of PC power management options out there, the rebates available for deploying them, and the potential savings to be enjoyed, there's no excuse not to embrace the technology.