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Type Private
Industry Computer software
Founded 1997
Headquarters London, New York, and Noida
Key people Sumir Karayi (Co-founder and CEO)
Products AppClarity, Shopping, NightWatchman, Nomad, WakeUp
Employees 250
Website www.1e.com

1E is a privately owned IT software and services company based in the United Kingdom.[1] 1E has offices in London, New York, Dublin, and Noida. The company develops software solutions for managing and reducing costs in IT.


1E was founded in 1997 by three former Microsoft contractors, Sumir Karayi, Phil Wilcock, and Mark Blackburn, who each contributed £500 to start the company.[2][3][4] Karayi is now CEO, Blackburn is CIO, whilst Wilcock has left the company.[2] Today the company has more than 26 million licenses deployed worldwide, across 1,700 organizations in 42 countries. Its customers are drawn from public and private sectors across the world and include Dell, Arup, and Ford Motor Company.

The company's name is derived from a computer error. When some Microsoft Windows computers crash, a blue screen containing "STOP 0x0000001E" appears.[2] This name was chosen because the founders had the ambition that 1E could prevent this from happening to big companies.[4]


1E offers a suite of five software products, namely NightWatchman[5] a PC power management tool which manages power use for servers and PCs. Included with NightWatchman is WakeUp, a Wake-on-LAN product used to power on PCs remotely for software updating and patching.[6]

Nomad [7] is an add-on and enhancement to Microsoft System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM) which intelligently uses available network bandwidth to deliver operating system upgrades, software deployments and patches. Shopping[8] is an app store for the enterprise, which replicates the user experience found with consumer app stores. AppClarity[9] is IT Asset Management/Software License Optimization software which seeks out unused software within an enterprise and can automatically reclaim it.

MyWorkNow,[10] the company's newest product, is a client-hosted desktop virtualization product, enabling Bring Your Own Computer/Bring Your Own Device (BYOPC/BYOD) across the enterprise.[11]


In 2009 1E and the Alliance to Save Energy commissioned independent research into the awareness and behavior of PC users and server administrators in the world's largest companies.[12][13][14][15]

The PC Energy report revealed that nearly half of all corporate PCs in the US are not regularly switched off at night. This adds up to approximately 108 million work PCs being left switched on overnight costing US businesses in the region of $2.8 billion in energy costs. In terms of carbon emissions this equates to approximately 20 million tons, roughly the equivalent impact of 4 million cars.[13][16][17]

In 2010 1E commissioned Vanson Bourne to conduct research into Help Desk Efficiency. The resulting report highlighted a number of challenges for IT departments. More than a third of users perceive little or no value from the money their IT department spends on them each year. More than 50% of users have to chase every request they make at least one to make sure they receive the software they ask for and more than two thirds (68%) of users feel it would be quicker and easier to find and install software themselves. Rather than contacting their IT help desk.[18]

The Software Efficiency report published in 2011 with Fast IiS, Opinion Matters and IAITAM found extensive waste in unused software and shelfware, accounting for £1.7 billion in the UK alone. Responses found that 47% of enterprises still use spreadsheets to record software licenses with 6% still using a paper-based filing system and a staggering 16% using nothing whatsoever.[19]


1E's software and solutions have won a number of awards, most recently when Lloyds Banking Group won the Computer Weekly European User Award for Enterprise Software – Private Sector,[20] as well as the Green IT Awards 2013, and the Sunday Times Best Companies 2013 list.

A full list is contained on the 1E website.[21]


  1. ^ Bradbury, Danny (2007-10-11). "Computer firms wake up to problem of always-on PCs". BusinessGreen. Archived from the original on 2009-12-03. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  2. ^ a b c Woods, Catherine (2008-07-16). "Entrepreneur watches as web address value skyrockets". Real Business. Archived from the original on 2009-12-03. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  3. ^ Grossman, Wendy (2003-04-14). "Starting Out". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2009-12-03. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  4. ^ a b Bridge, Rachel (2007-08-19). "Firm was programmed to succeed. How I Made It: Sumir Karayi Founder of 1E". The Times. Archived from the original on 2009-12-03. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  5. ^ http://www.1e.com/nightwatchman/
  6. ^ Erlanger, Leon (2008-04-21). "Verizon Wireless rings in desktop power savings". InfoWorld. Archived from the original on 2009-12-03. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  7. ^ http://www.1e.com/nomad/
  8. ^ http://www.1e.com/shopping/
  9. ^ http://www.1e.com/appclarity/
  10. ^ http://www.1e.com/myworknow/
  11. ^ http://searchvirtualdesktop.techtarget.com/news/2240220920/MyWorkNow-software-offers-offline-VDI-no-infrastructure-costs
  12. ^ "PC Energy Report 2009 UK". 1E. Harris Interactive. 2009-03-25. Retrieved 2010-01-06. 
  13. ^ a b "PC Energy Report 2009 US". 1E. Harris Interactive. 2009-03-25. Retrieved 2010-01-06. 
  14. ^ "PC Energy Report 2009 Germany". 1E. Harris Interactive. 2009-03-25. Retrieved 2010-01-06. 
  15. ^ "Server Energy and Efficiency Report 2009". 1E. Kelton Research. 2009-03-25. Retrieved 2010-01-06. 
  16. ^ "Report From 1E and the Alliance to Save Energy Finds That Organizations Waste Billions of Dollars Running Idle Computers" (Press release). Alliance to Save Energy. 2009-03-25. 
  17. ^ "Study: U.S. Companies waste $2.8 Billion Annually to Power Idle PCs". Environmental Leader. 2009-03-25. Retrieved 2010-01-06. 
  18. ^ "HelpDesk Efficiency Report". 1E. Vanson Bourne. 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-06. 
  19. ^ "Software Efficiency Report". 1E. Fast IiS, Opinion Matters, IAITAM. 2011. Retrieved 2010-01-06. 
  20. ^ http://mediacenter.1e.com/lloyds-banking-group-and-1e-win-computer-weekly-european-user-award-for-enterprise-software/
  21. ^ http://www.1e.com/awards/

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