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“Greening” of IT

Posted by sharepoinTony on August 25, 2009

I recently read a white paper on the topic of the “Greening of IT”. Very interesting paper (search for Analyst Perspectives Consensus Report along with my title of this post to find the white paper, it is on a subscription service).

From this report I culled a few interesting quotes to share:

Environmental responsibility is emerging as an important topic for IT organizations and their technology suppliers (Source: “The Greening Of IT”, April 19, 2007, Forrester Research).

Enterprises are on the verge of adopting green strategies as they realize that doing so can lead to operational cost savings and waste reductions. In many cases what is good for the environment can also be good for the bottom line (Source: “Green IT adoption in North America lags good intentions, says Info-Tech Research Group”, July 16, 2007, Info-Tech Research).

The report showed that roughly 3/4 of all companies implementing “Green IT” initiatives were doing so primarily for the REDUCTION OF ENERGY COSTS.  The tide is turning slowly, however as more businesses recognize that the true benefits of becoming efficient and “green” includes cost savings over the long run we may see Lean IT as a standard way of doing business.  Everyone can benefit from this trend if the attitude toward “green” doesn’t fall prey to the negative connotations that ruined “ecology” and “environmentalism” in the 1970’s.

Corporations and the US Government both need to increase funding for these type of projects.  Not because they cost more (even though it might cost more up front) and not because it is the right thing to do (even if it is)…but because it is the prudent thing to do for your business.  Long-term thinking and planning need to make a come-back in the business world.  If you can cut your long-term costs significantly, you will help to ensure you lower the RISK your business is faced with in the future.  You also increase the chance of profitability in the near term…so why not adjust your thinking and consider going green?

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