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Vol. 15, #8 - Feb 25, 2010 - Issue #766
Green Information Technology: Going green is good for your bottom line

This issue of WServerNews is sponsored by
  1. Editor's Corner
    • Green Information Technology:
      Going green is good for your bottom line
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Tech Briefing
    • Customer Feedback
  4. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  5. Product of the Week - rDirectory
    • Ensuring the integrity of your Active Directory data

Editor's Corner



Green Information Technology:
Going green is good for your bottom line





This is a special issue sponsored by Namescape that I hope you will find useful.

In the quest for environmental sustainability, the trend toward Green Information Technology is gaining momentum. Infoworld's 2009 Green 15 are IT leaders who leverage green technology to realize gains in efficiency, productivity and cost savings.
"Whatever the rationale for a green IT project, one fact is clear. The outcome of a green-tech project is generally win-win: a healthier planet and a healthier bottom line," says Infoworld's Ted Samson.
According to Ricoh Company, Ltd., a leading global manufacturer of office automation equipment, print costs typically consume 3% of total revenue for businesses today! For many organizations that is nearly the equivalent to the amount spent on research and development each year.

Namescape's rDirectory is a Green Information Technology solution that eliminates the need to print and distribute traditional phone, address or department lists. rDirectory is an easy-to-use, web-based online directory and white/yellow page search application that empowers your employees to search the data in Active Directory. With features that allow users to securely self-edit personal information, rDirectory assures the data in your directory is accurate, so users easily find and access current information about people, resources and services; navigate and explore organizational relationships; and publish information and links to resources for others to use and share.

Learn how rDirectory can help you go green while maximizing the power of Active Directory in your organization.
http://www.wservernews.com/100225-rDirectory


Quotes of the Week

"About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends." Herbert Hoover

"Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don't let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months." Clifford Stoll

Hope you enjoy this issue of WServerNews! Warm regards, Stu Sjouwerman  |   Email me: [email protected]


Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Ensure 24/7 service for all your users with joBot, AD Robot - Reduce support calls with automated email alerts that notify you before passwords expire - Enhance security by staying ahead of potential user account issues such as expiring or inactive accounts - Spend less time tracking Active Directory objects and more time on critical IT tasks.
http://www.wservernews.com/100225-joBot

Simplfy your life with mPowerTools - 100+ Reports - Tackle AD chores in bulk - A Search & Replace Tool - you'll never script again AND NO third party databases!
http://www.wservernews.com/100225-mPowerTools


Tech Briefing

Customer Feedback



"Namescape provided us with a comprehensive solution that allowed us to clean up and standardize data across multiple systems. We can finally trust that the information is consistent, current and accurate across all systems. These solutions have eliminated time consuming duplicate entry and helped to speed up and streamline our user provisioning process. The self-service password reset solution, myPassword, has cut our Help Desk calls by 50%, which increased overall productivity; both at the help desk and on the end-user side. Thank you Namescape!"
Dale, Director of Technology, Public School District
136 schools, 90,000 students, 14,000 employees, 8,500 teachers
http://www.wservernews.com/100225-myPassword



"We purchased joBot to be proactive with password resets. As a ppolice department, we are in operation 24/7 and it is critical that users have access to their accounts after working hours and on weekends. When users cannot access their email accounts, this can potentially have critical implications. With joBot, I can proactively notify users via email tha their password is going to expire, prompting them to change it prior to a lock-out, which enables them uninterrupted access to critical systems and frees up IT to focus on other initiatives."
Gord, IT Supervisor
Police Department, 6 Branches
http://www.wservernews.com/100225-jo-Bot



"What really grabbed my attention from day one, was how quickly I was able to remove 500 user folders and profiles from one of our servers; these were users that had left in the last year. This would have taken around a day to script and possibly just as long to test before deploying. I achieved the task with mPowerTools in less than 15 minutes even though I was not familiar with the product."
Mian, Technical SupportUK healthcare trust operating 2 hospitals providing adult services to more than 1/2 million patients yearly; employing approx. 6,900 staff
http://www.wservernews.com/100225-mPower-Tools


WServerNews Fave Links

This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.



Product of the Week - rDirectory

Ensuring the integrity of your Active Directory data

Creating user accounts is frequently a collaborative effort involving IT staff, Human Resources, Accounting and the new user. With so many departments and individuals involved, the process is ripe for errors and inconsistency. The focus of user account provisioning is shifting from convenience for IT to compliance for the company. In addition, the increasing numbers of mergers and acquisitions create myriad opportunities for security breaches, data errors or loss of data altogether. rDirectory's template based object creation and provisioning features standardizes user account provisioning for Exchange, LCS and Active Directory so new objects are initialized consistently and accurately. Email notifications on all edit, create, delete and manage functions nail down who changed what and when; information that is critical to both your business and auditors.
http://www.wservernews.com/100225-POTW-rDirectory