IT departments can lead IT sustainability


IT departments can lead IT sustainability

Joe O'Halloran

Market analyst Butler Group has released new research which suggests that IT management has an opportunity to take the lead by being proactive in supporting their firms’ sustainability objectives.
Butler says that over the last few decades IT has transformed the way that we work, where we are employed, and how we interact with each other and has become a fundamental part of delivering business objectives and achieving competitive advantage. However, Butler believes that it is now time for IT to change itself, the tools, and the infrastructure to be more sustainable, and to do so quickly.
In the report, ‘Sustainable IT Provision’, the research outfit says that Corporate, Social, and Environmental Responsibility (CSER) is now a core competence, which IT management must incorporate into their strategy and operations. CSER has become a significant issue for every enterprise, and is particularly pertinent for IT management which must focus on supporting the requirements of the organization in this area.

Butler adds that in the past, most organisations have paid little regard to the environmental aspects of the equipment they use, or the way resources are consumed. Now, sustainability issues are becoming an important consideration for IT.
The report reveal how to develop a sustainable IT strategy; why IT must take the lead in being more responsible; why being environmentally-friendly is beneficial for both IT and the enterprise; the technologies and strategies that make a more efficient operation and save costs; how using services can contribute to a sustainable approach; the business drivers and issues providing a compelling reason for firms to act now.



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