Green IT - Sustainable IT http://www.sustainableit.co.za The Green IT software and services specialists Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:19:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 AppClarity 4.0 released for servers and pcs http://www.sustainableit.co.za/1e-launches-appclarity-4-0-software-license-optimization-for-servers-and-pcs/ http://www.sustainableit.co.za/1e-launches-appclarity-4-0-software-license-optimization-for-servers-and-pcs/#comments Thu, 07 Mar 2013 15:32:31 +0000 admin http://www.sustainableit.co.za/?p=1669

AppClarity 4.0 released for servers and pcs

AppClarity’s integrated approach ensures unique software usage visibility and vendor audit compliance for server and desktop software licenses in the same console 1E, the global leader in IT efficiency software, today announces the release of 1E AppClarity 4.0, the software license optimization solution which immediately identifies all the software deployed across an organization’s IT estate... [Continue Reading]

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AppClarity 4.0 released for servers and pcs

AppClarity’s integrated approach ensures unique software usage visibility and vendor audit compliance for server and desktop software licenses in the same console

1E, the global leader in IT efficiency software, today announces the release of 1E AppClarity 4.0, the software license optimization solution which immediately identifies all the software deployed across an organization’s IT estate and identifies what is unused.  Now reporting on unused software on servers as well as on PCs, AppClarity 4.0 offers unparalleled insight into the usage of applications across an entire organization, enabling significant cost reductions as well ensuring license compliance for software vendor audits.

According to Forrester Research, Inc. , 16 percent of the IT budget was spent on software in 2012, and recent research from 1E shows that just 39 percent of UK, French and North American companies track software usage across their IT environment, even though this is proven to save organizations millions of dollars, delivering value in just a matter of days.

Without accurate, centralised insight into how software is deployed and used, enterprises also run the risk of non-compliance and face large unbudgeted true up bills if vendor audits identify unlicensed installations. Due to the complexity of server software licensing, to ensure compliance, organizations tend to over purchase to make sure that they are not at risk. This can cost significant sums across a complex server estate.  Additionally, many organizations believe that standard systems management tools will suffice when it comes to managing their software inventory and accurately identifying the license requirement across the server landscape – they simply fail to comprehend the enormity of the problem. AppClarity 4.0 cuts through this complexity to provide instantly a simple, clear view of the whole estate to the software asset manager.

AppClarity 4.0 uses 1E’s patented ‘Useful Work’ technology to identify whether server applications are in active use.  This functionality enables organizations to quickly and confidently identify unused server software and look at whether to reclaim and recycle licences, and thereby prevent the purchase of unnecessary additional software licenses or re-negotiate maintenance agreements to achieve significant cost reductions.

AppClarity 4.0 introduces an optional vendor-specific optimization module specifically targeted at reducing organizations’ VMware® license costs. By identifying over-licensed VMWare servers, based on their feature usage, the VMware Optimization Module offers organizations a chance to ‘right-license’ their installations. In addition, AppClarity 4.0 will intelligently predict VMware licensing requirements for new servers enabling the purchase of appropriate editions rather than over-licensing by default.

“Our experience shows that firms have more than $400 per PC of software that isn’t being used, a value that can run into thousands per server. Faced with complex and inconsistent licensing rules, and without a clear understanding of whether the software installed on their servers is actually doing anything useful, organizations have fallen into the trap of overspending on licenses or risking non-compliance,” says Sumir Karayi, CEO of 1E. “With AppClarity 4.0, organizations have the means to replicate their desktop software cost savings across their server estates quickly, redressing the software balance without delay, and subsequently ending this cycle of paying far too much for software licenses due to lack of insight and fear of unexpected vendor charges .”For further information about AppClarity version 4.0, take a look at the product sheet.

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Top 10 reasons to adopt a Green IT strategy http://www.sustainableit.co.za/top-10-reasons-to-adopt-a-green-it-strategy/ http://www.sustainableit.co.za/top-10-reasons-to-adopt-a-green-it-strategy/#comments Wed, 27 Feb 2013 09:04:30 +0000 admin http://www.sustainableit.co.za/?p=1664

Top 10 reasons to adopt a Green IT strategy

After recently attending and presenting a paper at a conference around Green IT, it became overwhelmingly clear that all speakers were providing the same message and that the message by most delegates, was probably going to be ignored.  I do think delegates were genuinely interested, but in these tough financial times, a clearly articulated compelling reason... [Continue Reading]

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Top 10 reasons to adopt a Green IT strategy

After recently attending and presenting a paper at a conference around Green IT, it became overwhelmingly clear that all speakers were providing the same message and that the message by most delegates, was probably going to be ignored.  I do think delegates were genuinely interested, but in these tough financial times, a clearly articulated compelling reason to act was lacking.  Our top 10 reasons why business should act within South Africa are spelled out below.  Although South African specific, most are appropriate in any economy and all can be positively impacted by adopting a green IT strategy.

#1 We are dirty

Due to our reliance on coal, our energy is some of the dirtiest in the world, ranking with Australia as the pariahs of the dirty energy nations. Many often say that we produce less than 2% of global emissions so why should we bother. When we unpack the facts however the situation is quite startling. South Africa produces 1.4% of global emissions which ranks us as the 12 largest producer of emissions globally.  The United Kingdom produces 1.5% of emissions yet is three times more industrialized than South Africa.  As a developing nation, we have the dirtiest per capita footprint in the world at 11 tonnes per capita, versus China for instance at 8 tonnes. South Africa produces greater than 60% of Africa’s emissions, causing many to label us the United States of Africa.  Not much to be proud of here.

#2 Our energy is not going to get any cheaper

The past couple of years have seen some dramatic changes in energy rates.  For many years South Africa enjoyed a holiday in respect of cheap rates and abundant energy.  This situation changed with dramatic impact in early 2008 when load shedding and rolling blackouts forced all constituents to relook energy provisioning and rates.  Since then combined rates increases have been in excess of 70% and if Eskom’s multi year tariff application is approved by Nersa, rates will double again within the next 5 years. Conservation of energy is key, for financial stability and economic prosperity.

#3 Information technology, the energy hog.

IT is often forgotten as a key user of energy, it has become like the plumbing.   When we leave the office, our PC screen dims and we think that all is fine.  The reality is very different.  1 PC and monitor can use as much energy as 4 or 5 light bulbs.  For servers the multiplier is often 10 or more.  Gartner,  estimates that in some organisations, financial services for instance, IT energy can amount to as much as 40% of the total energy bill.  This footprint cannot be ignored in energy saving initiatives.

#4 Demand Side Management

To overcome our immediate energy issues Eskom has adopted two approached.  Firstly to build 2 new power stations, the first of which should come online in early 2014 if Eskom gets its house in order.  The second and more immediate is to lower the base load through energy efficiency initiatives, some of which Eskom pays incentives for.  Reducing energy and hence demand is important for all of us to keep the lights on.

#5 A new global climate deal

In December 2012 at Doha, we edged a little closer to a new global climate deal but there is still some way to go. The general consensus is that the low carbon economy is coming and we need to plan accordingly.

#6 International trade tariffs

It is largely expected that international trade tariffs will be adopted some time in the near future that will place a tariff on the carbon intensity of manufactured goods.  This needs to be seen in the context of South Africa’s dirty energy and the fact that South Africa ranks 5th on the world list of electricity intensity associated with manufacturing, both of which place us on the back foot in terms of global competitiveness in a carbon constrained world.  Organisations need to adapt rapidly, become carbon neutral or positive and ensure that their extended supply chain follows suite, failing which, many will cease to trade.

#7 The monetarisation of carbon

Both the regulated (CDM) and voluntary carbon markets are growing exponentially year on year.  In fact the voluntary market doubled between 2007 and 2008.    Any reductions in carbon, assuming the test of ‘additionality’ is passed, create a market opportunity and non-core revenue stream for organisations adopting a low carbon strategy.  This potential has largely been untapped in South Africa, due to lack of regulation but is expected to grow rapidly in the next 3 to 5 years.

The flip side of this is the introduction of a carbon tax, expected to be around R120 per tonne.  In the 2013/14 budget speech it was announced that this will come into affect on 1 January 2015.

#8 Consumer consciousness and awareness of climate change is growing

The debate around man made global warming is over and is actually irrelevant in a carbon constrained world.  The y-generation is also starting to become economically active and are more concerned about the environment and its preservation than any generation that has gone before. Organisations adopting green as a strategy are starting to make significant inroads against competitors and once the green revolution is complete, the term ‘green’ will be obsolete.  If it is not green, it won’t exist, everything will be designed, produced and operate within a green construct.

#9 IT as an enabler

IT is uniquely positioned in an organisation as it usually cuts across all aspects of the business. This means that IT can act as a change agent to reduce emissions through the adoption of technology and providing measurements and reporting.  It is estimated that through the application of smart technology, IT can reduce global emissions by 16% by 2020.  Smart in this respect means dematerialization, smart logistics, smart building, smart motors and smart grids.  By applying technology in innovative ways, business can reduce and manage their emissions.

#10 Adapt or die

We are on the verge of an unprecedented paradigm shift in the business climate, something similar to the dramatic change that occurred at the outset of the industrial revolution which is the cause of the man made climate change we are facing.  This paradigm shift, to a low carbon or carbon constrained economy brings both risk and opportunity. The reality is that those organisations that fail to adapt rapidly and timeously will cease to exist in this carbon constrained environment.  It is imperative that business leaders are conscious of this changing business climate and adapt their strategies accordingly.

Green IT fundamentally provides an opportunity to lead business down a sustainable path, both within IT and across the business.  The reasons for doing so are compelling and action is required.  This is not about hugging bunnies and trees, it is about real value that ensures a sustainable future for both business and our environment.  Act now!

Tim James

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Why NightWatchman saves you less power than the competition! http://www.sustainableit.co.za/why-nightwatchman-saves-you-less-power-than-the-competition/ http://www.sustainableit.co.za/why-nightwatchman-saves-you-less-power-than-the-competition/#comments Sat, 09 Feb 2013 09:04:14 +0000 admin http://www.sustainableit.co.za/?p=682

Why NightWatchman saves you less power than the competition!

Actually, that is a bit of a misstatement. We don’t save less power. We save more power, but we will report lower savings than our competitors and we’re really proud of it. If this has now caught your attention you are probably asking why? Let us elaborate… The simple reason for this is because we... [Continue Reading]

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Why NightWatchman saves you less power than the competition!

Actually, that is a bit of a misstatement. We don’t save less power. We save more power, but we will report lower savings than our competitors and we’re really proud of it.

If this has now caught your attention you are probably asking why? Let us elaborate…

The simple reason for this is because we have the most dependable and accurate reporting in the PC Power Management technology space. There is just no denying this.

Why does accurate reporting matter?

Simply put, many customers around the world are using this to report saving to make press releases, report back to shareholders and are just beginning to understand how they are going to report this for legislative reasons. In short this is data that you absolutely need to be accurate.

Surely accuracy is not really that important? Surely “good enough” is good enough?

Many vendors refer to their reporting as “good enough”, indeed we have heard customers saying things like…”we don’t need anything fancy… we just need good enough”. Indeed… some might compare this to a cheap knockoff versus a beautifully crafted Swiss timepiece. The cheap one is good enough to tell the time. So “good enough”…must be good enough?

Unfortunately this is not the case with the alternatives in the power management space. If we were to tell you we were 5 or even 10 % off when giving you a savings report, then this would probably be good enough right? What if it was more like 100% out? Not so great.

Many solutions on the market use a single energy rate for all machines, irrespective of make and model. These provide consistently inaccurate data which is not worth the paper it is printed on. Many even claim to have made savings they have not even made, using your existing power policies as part of their savings claims. Run that past me again!

We can prove it…

Imagine getting a call from someone saying that they can save you R150 per month on your cell phone bill. When you get into it, they’re not saving you money compared to your current provider, they’re actually comparing it to the most expensive provider that they could find out there. Would you buy from these guys? Once you’d discovered that… would you trust anything they said?

Imagine I’m an IT manager implementing power management. I’ve chosen a product. I upgrade my clients and turn it on. I wait a week or so to observe what is going on… I just want to check out the reports. More importantly I haven’t yet turned on power management… just monitoring of power state. I now go to the reports and run the savings report…. Savings to date R36,000… What?

Many solutions compare currently observed power behaviour against an assumption that machines were on 24*7 before this great initiative. Let me put that another way… before I put a single PC to sleep – The system claims to have saved a shed load of money.

How is it doing this? The solution is assuming that it is responsible for each and every time that a user has closed the lid of the laptop or turned off their PC of their own volition. Naturally, when you actually turn on power management that number just gets bigger, but it’s rotten at the core…. Imagine running a power savings report prior to implementing power management and seeing any other number than zero… Could you take that savings report to your shareholders, the press or the government? Is it of any value even to prove savings internally?

So we know you’re expecting us to tell you why we’re better and you can trust us….

In the NightWatchman world it’s much more honest and accurate. Install clients in reporting mode. Wait for a period of time (say 2 weeks). Some PCs were turned off by end users, some were laptops and put in a drawer at night etc. We could turn on power savings, but for sanity, let’s view consumption data etc. We can also run the savings report. Create a Behaviour model against current observed user activity, this is a cool new V6 feature and is a two or three click wizard – very simple.

We run the savings report and it will show $0 savings – good – we haven’t even turned power management on yet. Turn on power management and leave for another period. Review savings report again. Create a second Behaviour model for the power managed machines and run savings report again comparing the first and second behaviour models and it show the difference. It’s really simple.

OK… So their reporting is nonsense, but under the hood we’re actually saving the same amount of power right? It’s just a reporting thing?

No it’s not a reporting thing. We actually save you more power because:

  • We support Windows XP. There’s a lot of it out there and ours really works.
  • We support Mac. Maybe not a big deal, but more platforms = more savings.
  • We can resolve sleeplessness and place the machines into a low power state. This is a huge problem.
  • We do standby, hibernate, full power off and reboot without losing any user data. This is huge. If you can’t reboot without losing user data, you can’t patch at night so you end up asking your users to reboot during the day. If you reboot anyway you lose work and waste more money than you’ll ever save.
  • We’ve been doing this for 10 years. You can’t just hack it in in 6 months. There are so many edge cases and we have dealt with them.
  • Exceptions – “you can’t manage my machine because of . NightWatchman is extensible so that we can side step almost any weird situation and still save more power.

Food for thought?

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When does XP support end? http://www.sustainableit.co.za/when-does-xp-support-end/ http://www.sustainableit.co.za/when-does-xp-support-end/#comments Fri, 08 Feb 2013 14:38:04 +0000 admin http://www.sustainableit.co.za/?p=1613

When does XP support end?

Windows XP support officially ends on 8 April 2014.  If you are still using XP as an operating system it will officially not be supported by Microsoft as of this date. What does this mean for those still using XP? The end of support is not necessarily the end of the world for the majority... [Continue Reading]

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When does XP support end?

Windows XP support officially ends on 8 April 2014.  If you are still using XP as an operating system it will officially not be supported by Microsoft as of this date.

What does this mean for those still using XP?

The end of support is not necessarily the end of the world for the majority of users.  However, any business running line of business application on an XP platform should have plans in place to migrate to either Windows 7 or Windows 8.  A failure to do so is certainly not conducive to good corporate governance.

If you need assistance migrating to Windows 7, check out how we can get you there quicker and more cost effectively than traditional OSD migrations.

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Sasol anticipates major savings through 1E http://www.sustainableit.co.za/sasol/ http://www.sustainableit.co.za/sasol/#comments Tue, 05 Feb 2013 13:54:16 +0000 admin http://www.sustainableit.co.za/?p=1591

Sasol anticipates major savings through 1E

South African energy and chemicals giant selects 1E to reclaim unnecessary software as well as cut PC power costs and carbon emissions  1E, the global leader in IT efficiency software and local company sustainableIT, today announced that Sasol, the South African based integrated energy and chemical company, has selected two 1E IT Efficiency solutions to... [Continue Reading]

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Sasol anticipates major savings through 1E

South African energy and chemicals giant selects 1E to reclaim unnecessary software as well as cut PC power costs and carbon emissions 

Sasol Case Study

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1E, the global leader in IT efficiency software and local company sustainableIT, today announced that Sasol, the South African based integrated energy and chemical company, has selected two 1E IT Efficiency solutions to help achieve widespread efficiency savings throughout the organization. Once both solutions are rolled out across Sasol’s entire 15,000 PC estate, the company anticipates savings of up to 83 million South African Rand (ZAR) (equivalent to more than $9.8 million/ £6 million).

Sasol has chosen 1E AppClarity, the software license optimization tool to obtain visibility into which applications are used in the company and have the ability to reclaim any unnecessary licenses. 1E NightWatchman Enterprise has been deployed to cut power costs and carbon emissions by automatically powering down PCs when they are not in use.

With AppClarity, Sasol has gained complete visibility into all the software deployed on each of its PCs and laptops, helping the organization identify and reclaim all unnecessary applications as well as ensuring it is compliant with software vendor audits. Taking just 48 hours to install, AppClarity has delivered immediate results, with 3,000 unused software licences reclaimed in the first month of the deployment alone, delivering savings of approximately South African Rand (ZAR) 1.8 million ($212,500/ £130,500).

“With thousands of different applications deployed across the company, we wanted to ensure that our license liability was at zero,” says Cobie Nel, IM services: manager applications at Sasol. “We have been able to make immediate reclaims and haven’t had any complaints from users at all.  With 1E, Sasol has achieved in a couple of days what we have been trying to do for twelve years. And we are now looking at a potential overall saving of ZAR 82 million ($9.4 million/ $5.9 million) on software costs.” The company reached its return on investment target in just two months.

As part of its organization-wide efficiency initiative, Sasol has also deployed Nightwatchman Enterprise. Recommended to Sasol by green IT specialist and 1E partner, SustainableIT, and implemented by systems integrator, Puleng Technologies, NightWatchman Enterprise seamlessly integrates with Microsoft  System Center 2007 Configuration Manager and enables Sasol to power down its 15,000 PCs and laptops when not in use, but for those running mission critical applications it ensures they are exempted. Due for completion in April 2013, NightWatchman Enterprise has already been deployed to 8,000 PCs, more than half the IT estate.  Based on the results of this initial roll out, Sasol predicts it will save 1.7 million kWh/year of electricity – the equivalent of ZAR 850,000 (USD 100,400/ £61,600).

“It is extremely important to Sasol that it is both green and efficient; NightWatchman Enterprise helps us achieve this goal by cutting out PC power waste, without impinging on the user.  This deployment has been so smooth that there has been no need to warn users about the implementation, and we have also been able to collect valuable data about how much energy is being saved. This user-friendly approach, combined with the ability to integrate with existing systems, is what really makes 1E work for Sasol,” commented Danie Smit, manager IM: service security at Sasol.

“Like many businesses, Sasol faced the challenge of how to accurately report on software usage across its entire estate, or otherwise run the risk of paying for unnecessary licenses as well as non-compliance with vendor audits.  With 1E’s help, Sasol is now showing how improved visibility into the applications deployed across an organization can deliver vast cost savings; savings that are likely to become even more pronounced as  enterprises embrace consumerized IT, with the growing use of personally owned tablets, smartphones and laptops.”

“It is great to see that Sasol has recognised the benefits of PC power management and is already reaping the rewards,” said Sumir Karayi, CEO of 1E.  “Like many businesses, Sasol also faced the challenge of how to accurately report on software usage across its entire estate, or otherwise run the risk of paying for unnecessary licenses as well as non-compliance with vendor audits.  With 1E’s help, Sasol is now showing how improved visibility into the applications deployed across an organization can deliver vast cost savings.”

For further information about the 1E implementation at Sasol, take a look at the case study: Download here

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Delivering inefficiency is at the core of managed services http://www.sustainableit.co.za/delivering-inefficiency-is-at-the-core-of-managed-services/ http://www.sustainableit.co.za/delivering-inefficiency-is-at-the-core-of-managed-services/#comments Mon, 04 Feb 2013 16:13:22 +0000 admin http://www.sustainableit.co.za/?p=1602

Delivering inefficiency is at the core of managed services

Outsourcing or managed services arrangements are often driven by concerns over the retention of internal skills but mainly around perceived cost savings and improved efficiencies.  The question one must ask is whether these contractual arrangements ever deliver on the promise and can IT efficiency and managed services actually co-exist? The fact is that traditional models... [Continue Reading]

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Delivering inefficiency is at the core of managed services

Outsourcing or managed services arrangements are often driven by concerns over the retention of internal skills but mainly around perceived cost savings and improved efficiencies.  The question one must ask is whether these contractual arrangements ever deliver on the promise and can IT efficiency and managed services actually co-exist?

The fact is that traditional models of outsourcing are not conducive to promoting IT efficiencies.  Whilst on the face of it, outsourcing initially reduces costs and improves services through a more efficient outsourcing vendor, over a period of time; the service in many instances becomes more expensive. Why is this case?

The simple answer is that outsourcing and managed services vendors, like any other IT organisation are in business to make money.  In the first instance efficiency gains are not always passed on to the end user, but furthermore, due to the way that contracts are constructed every little addition, for example installs, moves, additions and changes (IMAC’s) come at a cost.

Outsourcing agreements are also typically structured and charged using the concept of baselines, for example supporting 100 servers will cost you X.  So if you introduce efficiencies to reduce the server estate, typically the outsourcer will lose out as they have less to manage.  The baseline is reduced and hence the revenue stream goes down.

Surely in tough economic times, rightsizing your IT and reducing your costs has to be paramount from a strategic perspective.  Surely your strategic partners should be helping you reduce your costs through innovation and increased efficiency.  This is often not the case.  Your service providers often design for inefficiency to protect their revenue streams.  The dichotomy is that in your eyes, less is more, but in the eyes of the managed services provider, more is more!

At a macro level it will come as no great shock that the IT industry in general does not focus on figuring out how to spend less on technology. This would be counter intuitive.  There are however some progressive vendors such as 1E and Apptio who are promoting products that provide the information and tooling needed to help you right size the organisation but these vendors are certainly in the minority. Improving efficiency and reducing cost as a practice is not promoted by vendors who will lose out on revenue streams.

In general, we also seem to have a herd mentality rather than focusing on innovation and efficiencies and this herd instinct can be very powerful. Staying with commonly adopted systems, designs and processes helps to justify our decisions and strategies. Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, SAP, and the usual suspects made lots of money based on the maxim that nobody is fired for implementing what everybody else is using.  But is this approach always right when we are cost constrained?

Unfortunately when we examine the latest hype cycle, namely the cloud, we may experience similar problems.  Although on the face of it the cloud should be more cost effective and more efficient, it is very possible that cloud usage may in fact increase costs.

This can occur in one of two ways.  Firstly through inefficient design (sound familiar) of either public or private cloud infrastructure. Secondly, a typical cloud model promotes savings based on usage, in other words the more you use the cheaper it becomes per unit. From an overall cost perspective the opposite is often the case.  We utilise more units because they are perceived to be so inexpensive and hence costs go up.  Weren’t we supposed to be paying less in the cloud?  This cost dichotomy is known as Jevon’s Paradox.

So can managed services, by extension ‘the cloud’ and IT efficiency co-exist?  These are surprisingly strange bed fellows and relationships need to mature to embrace efficiencies within a managed services construct.

Your real partners are those that are willing to identify and implement true efficiencies and pass these cost savings on to you.  In this instance the opportunity is to use these savings to increase business value elsewhere for the same money.  Most clients are more than happy to pay more for more value.   It will come as no surprise that this is not the case when they are paying more for the same.

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CIO’s – Ignore sustainable computing at your own risk http://www.sustainableit.co.za/sustainable-computing/ http://www.sustainableit.co.za/sustainable-computing/#comments Sun, 27 Jan 2013 11:33:33 +0000 admin http://www.sustainableit.co.za/?p=1587

CIO’s – Ignore sustainable computing at your own risk

As the economy grapples with recessionary indicators,  it is critical that ICT leaders understand their obligations under the King III code of conduct, irrespective of budgetary pressures that may be present. In particular, sustainable computing and its alignment with business strategy is becoming increasingly important. ICT governance is covered in King III and a good... [Continue Reading]

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CIO’s – Ignore sustainable computing at your own risk

As the economy grapples with recessionary indicators,  it is critical that ICT leaders understand their obligations under the King III code of conduct, irrespective of budgetary pressures that may be present. In particular, sustainable computing and its alignment with business strategy is becoming increasingly important.

ICT governance is covered in King III and a good summary of a CIO’s obligations are as follows:

  • A strategic alignment with the business and collaborative solutions, including the focus on sustainability and the implementation of ‘green IT’ principles
  • Value delivery: concentrating on optimising expenditure and proving the value of IT.
  • Risk management: addressing the safeguarding of IT assets, disaster recovery and ensuring continuity of operations
  • Resource management: optimising knowledge and IT infrastructure

It could very easily be argued that traditional “green IT” technologies and strategies such as virtualisation, storage consolidation, power management, collaborative computing, cloud and enterprise print management, the pillars of a green ICT strategy all conform to the general principles above in some form or other.  Over and above this, any technologies that are geared to identify and eliminate IT waste fall squarely within the remit espoused by King.

Delivering an efficient IT service is paramount in ensuring sustainability and as governance structures and accountability filters down, CIO’s need to ensure that the correct strategies are in place to fulfill these risk and compliance requirements.

CIO’s and their delivery teams need to take cognisance of these corporate governance principles.  The King III code, which became effective in March 2010, applies to all companies, private entities, public entities, private companies and all other forms of business

CIO’s that fail to comply with these corporate governance principles could find themselves out with the bathwater by failing to implement and embrace them.

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Not managing software can be a risky business http://www.sustainableit.co.za/not-managing-software-can-be-a-risky-business/ http://www.sustainableit.co.za/not-managing-software-can-be-a-risky-business/#comments Wed, 23 Jan 2013 09:32:11 +0000 admin http://www.sustainableit.co.za/?p=1578

Not managing software can be a risky business

When it comes to managing software licences and assets, most companies focus on compliance – rather than cost-cutting. Organisations are overlicensing, buying more and more software in order to err on the side of caution. This can be an extremely costly mistake. On the face of it, very few organisations have software asset management strategies... [Continue Reading]

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Not managing software can be a risky business

When it comes to managing software licences and assets, most companies focus on compliance – rather than cost-cutting. Organisations are overlicensing, buying more and more software in order to err on the side of caution. This can be an extremely costly mistake.

On the face of it, very few organisations have software asset management strategies in place, exposing the company to considerable financial risk. As long as software is bought and licensed legally, it’s forgotten.

Fearing being caught with unlicensed products, many organisations respond by buying even more software, ignoring the very real danger that it will never be deployed, used or add value. This results in unnecessary costs as companies are still paying maintenance fees for software they aren’t using, or purchasing additional licences rather than reallocating existing ones. Analysis conducted on a number of local organisations showed that at least 20%-40% of licences deployed are not being used – and definitely not reclaimed.

In the USA, unused licences represent $12.3 billion in preventable and ongoing costs, with a typical enterprise with 10 000 users having $4.1 million worth of unused software on PCs, costing $1.1 million annually in ongoing maintenance.

CIOs should be asking themselves, on a regular basis: “What do we own?” “What are we using?” And of course, “What do we really need?”

By deploying licence metering and tools that provide the ability to reclaim unused applications, companies can curb their unnecessary costs dramatically.

Software asset management tools should also be deployed and maintained to ensure licence entitlement and deployment remains in sync. 1E’s software effi ciency report of 2011 showed that 52% of enterprises used spreadsheets to record software licences, 12% use paper-based filing systems and 12% use nothing whatsoever. Keeping track of licences is the key to remaining cost-efficient.

In the end, there is no excuse for not having a software asset management strategy in place – there is technology that will do it for you.

 

Source: iWeek, 23 Januray 2013

About the author: Teresa Legg is director of sustainableIT

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Runner up in global Tech Trailblazers http://www.sustainableit.co.za/sustainableit-achieves-runner-up-in-global-tech-trailblazers/ http://www.sustainableit.co.za/sustainableit-achieves-runner-up-in-global-tech-trailblazers/#comments Thu, 20 Dec 2012 07:00:00 +0000 admin http://www.sustainableit.co.za/?p=1560

Runner up in global Tech Trailblazers

Local company sustainableIT has been named the runner-up in the International Tech Trailblazers awards (techtrailblazers.com). These awards were designed specifically for tech start-ups and not only recognize innovation but also proactively helps companies to grow their businesses with exclusive coaching, mentoring and development services worth several hundred thousand rands. sustainableIT, a market leader in the... [Continue Reading]

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Runner up in global Tech Trailblazers

Local company sustainableIT has been named the runner-up in the International Tech Trailblazers awards (techtrailblazers.com).

These awards were designed specifically for tech start-ups and not only recognize innovation but also proactively helps companies to grow their businesses with exclusive coaching, mentoring and development services worth several hundred thousand rands.

sustainableIT, a market leader in the field of green ICT and sustainable computing in South Africa, had been shortlisted in two categories, Sustainable IT and Emerging Markets, and eventually walked away with the runner-up award in the Sustainable IT category.  The company offers leading edge technology solutions and consulting services to organisations either embarking upon a carbon reduction strategy or wishing to run their IT departments more efficiently in terms of energy consumption and manpower.

The founding directors, Tim James and Teresa Legg, say that they are not only extremely pleased about the award but also about the recognition it has generated for sustainable IT initiatives in South Africa. “It’s about more than the so-called “green IT” movement,” says James. “Sustainable IT has much broader connotations focusing on the delivery of a consistent and sustainable IT service, reducing costs and in many instances reducing emissions as well.  Sustainable IT seeks to root out waste in an organisation which can take many forms including people, infrastructure, licensing and energy waste. We need companies to take note of the impact such initiatives can have on their business, particularly in light of our energy crisis and the current global economic downturn.”

Rose Ross, Chief Trailblazer, has sent her congratulations to sustainableIT and other runner-ups of the awards, saying, “We were truly impressed by the ingenuity shown in the entries, Prezis and YouTube videos. Winners and runners up of this year’s Tech Trailblazers Awards are some of the most inventive and visionary enterprise tech startups in the world today. I’m sure we will be hearing more from them all in the future.”

Entries for the Tech Trailblazers Awards 2013 opens on the 4th of July and will be focused on the key enterprise IT sectors of cloud, infosecurity, mobile, networking, storage and virtualization. In addition, there is a sustainable IT category and an emerging markets category.

For more information on the Tech Trailblazers, please visit www.techtrailblazers.com, follow the buzz on Twitter @techtrailblaze, hashtag #TTawards or join us on LinkedIn for the latest updates http://www.linkedin.com/company/tech-trailblazers-awards, or visit www.sustainableIT.co.za to learn more about the company.

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Who said going green was easy? http://www.sustainableit.co.za/going-green/ http://www.sustainableit.co.za/going-green/#comments Tue, 27 Nov 2012 06:19:06 +0000 admin http://www.sustainableit.co.za/?p=1528

Who said going green was easy?

If I could have a rand for every article I have seen entitled something like”10 ways to go green” or “3 ways to reduce your emissions by 50%” I think I would be a rich man by now.  In fact, I have probably written a couple of these myself! The reality is that going green requires systemic... [Continue Reading]

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Who said going green was easy?

If I could have a rand for every article I have seen entitled something like”10 ways to go green” or “3 ways to reduce your emissions by 50%” I think I would be a rich man by now.  In fact, I have probably written a couple of these myself!

The reality is that going green requires systemic change in a business and is not as easy as switching the lights off or migrating to energy efficient technology.  Without a holistic strategic business focus around sustainability initiatives, organisations are doomed to failure and maximum business benefits and minimizing environmental impacts will not be realised.

From an ICT department, the opportunity to assist the business in this respect is immense.  IT is uniquely positioned as it is a department (like HR or Finance) that cuts horizontally across the business.  This means that IT’s reach is deep and can be a significant change agent in the business, if positioned correctly.

IT can obviously provide technology that dematerialises business processes and provides opportunity to manage excessive carbon out of the business.  Internally IT can also apply technology that reduces its own emissions such as power management or virtualization. But the role of IT does not stop there.

IT must also play a significant role in corporate governance and sustainability initiatives in general.  If we presuppose that the primary goals for IT governance are a) to ensure that investments in technology yield an acceptable ROI and b) mitigate the risks that are associated with IT then the interlock with green IT initiatives are indisputable.

Green IT initiatives by their very nature are determined by ensuring the maximum return on investment with the least impact on the environment.  These include:

  • energy efficiency
  • green house gas emissions reduction
  • dematerialisation of business processes
  • sweating of assets
  • embracing innovation and efficiency

“Going green” is definitely not easy, if it was we would not be sitting with global warming and rampant climate change.  The same can be said around green IT and without change to business process, procedure and underlying management systems, green IT initiatives will fail.

Taking this further, IT is uniquely positioned to provide business with the non-financial metrics and reporting that will be of necessity in the low carbon economy.  As the cost of carbon increases, through cap and trade, carbon taxation or merely escalating energy rates, the roll of IT and green IT will become increasingly important.

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