The CIO should be re-billing themselves as the organisation’s Chief Efficiency Officer, according to this take on Ovum’s recent report on Green IT Deployments across Key Global Markets which I referred to recently.
The IE blog suggests that an efficiency audit – the practice of looking back at what you have and making more effective use of it – is the first step to realising significant IT savings. It adds that “with the traditional role of the CIO constantly evolving, CIOs should seek out opportunities to drive and execute savings such as reducing costs related to unused hardware, software, excess energy use and time. An efficiency audit will not only reduce a company’s carbon footprint, but also deliver significant cost savings.”
I suspect for most CIOs this is preaching to the converted, though I like the idea of the Chief Efficiency Officer, in terms of actions and deeds, rather than titles. I think there have probably been enough nominAL recasts of the CIO role over the years. But, in the current climate efficiency is good.
By the way, IE is one of the function sponsors of Green Monday, which next Monday will consider Sustainability in the Supply Chain. Other backers include SAP, Ernst&Young, British Gas, PE International and CarbonClear. The group sets out to offer strategic insight for corporate sustainability leaders.