Is carbon management software your new ERP challenge?

Is carbon management software your new ERP challenge?

Summary: A couple of weeks ago, I referenced a Groom Energy report suggesting a boom for carbon and energy management software. Now, another U.

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A couple of weeks ago, I referenced a Groom Energy report suggesting a boom for carbon and energy management software. Now, another U.S.-specific forecast suggests that oil and gas companies, telecommunications firms, and utilities will help lead the way in spending.

The data from Verdantix suggest that the overall market for carbon and energy management software will reach $558 million by 2014. That projection is specific to companies with more than $1 billion in revenue, which doesn't capture all the activity among midsize or small businesses that might be managing this information for competitive means.

What's interesting about these numbers from an IT perspective is that the people driving these purchases will primarily be energy and facilities managers, sustainability executives and managers, and those worried about environmental, health and safety concerns. Which suggests to me that many of these applications might be procured as a service, in order to get around IT processes that get in the way of rapid adoption. But, since these applications need to be integrated with traditional enterprise software in order to be truly useful, IT managers better bone up on what's out there.

I'll leave you with this observation to ponder, which comes from the Verdantix analyst that wrote this report, Peter Charville-Mort "Energy and carbon software is following the same customer adoption trajectory as prior enterprise software markets such as CRM and ERP."

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  • RE: Is carbon management software your new ERP challenge?

    As the leader in this area, we (http://www.1e.com) completely agree with this. We have already seen a significant uptake in energy and CO2 management acceptance, but there is still a way to go. PC and Server power management goes a long way toward developing a more efficient IT infrastructure for cutting costs and saving money and CO2, but is only a single step. We have found that there are many areas of IT where excess exists and have developed solutions to cover the full picture. Investing in IT efficiency is an investment in global innovation, competitiveness, and leadership.
    Rod@...
  • RE: Is carbon management software your new ERP challenge?

    It's probable that more and more software purchasing decisions will move away from IT.

    Especially when more SaaS solutions become available and easier to integrate.

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    inlevel
  • I'm very green...

    ...after every oil change I pour all of the oil from my truck back into the ground, where it came from. If that isn't looking out for the environment then i don't' know what is.
    james347
  • Agreed

    As a leader in the sustainability software space, even though we offer both SaaS and Acquisition options, Enablon (<a href="http://www.enablon.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.enablon.com</a>) has experienced an increasing majority of its customer base go for the on-demand option. Quicker implementation and easier for maintenance and updates. <br><br>Stbauer
    stbauer
  • Oil & Gas GHG Software Applications Will Provide The Biggest Impact

    this is a great direction in technology. It will undoubtedly lead to numerous reductions across the board in many industries.

    One of the first areas I see this making a big impact is in the oil and gas sector. Companies are already utilizing technology like vapor recovery units:http://commengineering.com/vapor-recovery.html and greenhouse gas software: http://commengineering.com/commtracker-ems.html
    ComitSteve
  • RE: Is carbon management software your new ERP challenge?

    We asked the SYSPRO clients (mostly manufacturer and mid size businesses) how they use the software to reduce the carbon footprint and here is what they said: SYSPRO software enables manufacturers to ?lean? their operations, i.e., become more efficient without adding additional equipment and personnel. In other words, they can use SYSPRO software to make accurate forecasts, reducing the needs for unnecessary inventory accumulation and thus reduce production times.

    In addition, SYSPRO software enables companies to plan their deliveries with great efficiencies. In other words, trucks can be loaded with multiple shipment orders via judicious scheduling, therefore reducing the mileage and usage of delivery trucks.

    The above are the two ways SYSPRO software helps to reduce the carbon footprint?.enabling greater efficiencies in manufacturing and distribution.
    xeniar