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The North American appetite for carbon management software and services will reach $1.1 billion by 2013, the world's largest single market.
Companies providing carbon management systems have experienced a boost of interest in their products as the carbon tax announcement approached. Companies can no longer keep using spreadsheets to keep track of their usage now that a carbon price has been set.
One of the best ways to tell if a green IT services firm really has what it takes to handle your company's carbon and energy management strategy is to look at what that company is doing internally to manage its own corporate sustainability metrics. That's the spirit of a new report from independent analyst firm Verdantix, which has just released a Carbon Strategy Benchmark that looks at the strategies of 14 different enterprise technology services firms.
I've written often about the energy and carbon management software marketplace, and the potential for consolidation that exists as more businesses start including this in their operations mix. One big player, TRIRIGA, has already been snapped up by IBM, a deal that recently closed.
It has begun: The strategic consolidation of the energy and carbon management software category got its first high-profile example this week in the form of IBM's proposed acquisition of Las Vegas-based TRIRIGA.With literally dozens if not hundreds of smaller software developers innovating in this burgeoning applications category, it is not surprising that IBM is staking its claim early -- especially to supplement its aspirations in the smart building sector.
A couple of weeks ago, I referenced a Groom Energy report suggesting a boom for carbon and energy management software. Now, another U.
Groom Energy's latest report on the state of the carbon and energy management software marketplace suggests that sales leapt more than 400 percent in 2010, spurred by big-company purchases by the likes of Bayer, R.J.
First things first, I DO believe there is a case for certain purpose-built applications that purport to focus on aspects of corporate sustainability, such as carbon and energy management software or lifecycle asset management software. But I think that many businesses are overlooking the valuable information and data that is buried within existing enterprise resource planning and business intelligence software.
Wish I had seen this report yesterday, BEFORE I published my item about Epicor, because it would have made that post even stronger. No time like the present, though, and here's the crux of the matter: Forrester Research is projecting that the market for enterprise carbon and energy management software (fondly known as ECEM) could reach $1 billion by 2013.
More evidence that carbon footprint and energy management features are going to morph into traditional enterprise software applications: Epicor Software has added an extension to its enterprise resource planning (ERP) application called Epicor Carbon Connect.The product is available on demand, as a service, and it is priced as part of the Extend application portfolio that can be added onto other Epicor products.
Most carbon management or energy management software that I get pitched about is quite obviously targeted at the biggest of the big enterprise businesses. But I've just spent some time this month chatting with two developers that are focused on companies that fall into the SMB sector, EnergyCAP and Kite & Lightning.
Has your organization budgeted for enterprise carbon and energy management software in 2011? There are countless applications to consider -- close to 100 by some counts -- but research firm Verdantix has whittled down that list to 10 providers that it believes are leaders in this burgeoning category.
If you're confused about which of the carbon emissions management software applications might be appropriate for your company, it may interest you to know that one of the world's largest IT services companies, Dimension Data, has just opted for an offering from Enviance.DiData plans to use Enviance software to centralize all of its carbon footprint reporting and waste reduction management initiatives.
Although the whole concept of green IT as a priority seems kind of stuck within corporate America, certain portions of what you would call the green IT sector are starting to have a demonstrable impact, according to Forrester Research's latest batch of green IT data.For me, one of the most interesting findings is this:Close to 40 percent of businesses now have a plan for implementing an enterprise carbon and energy management system, or they have already done so.
Did you know that there are now more than 65 software developers hawking at least 126 applications for environmental management, energy-efficiency tracking, carbon emissions tracking, sustainability planning and safety/health compliance?There has been a boom in this software of software in the past two years; this year alone there have been at least 15 product launches.
But a surprising proportion of these companies are ignoring the elephant in the room: the huge amounts of paper and energy that are wasted by unnecessary or underutilized output devices. Without proper management, these print devices can be conspicuous consumers of energy, with a significant impact on a company's carbon footprint.
Here's a fun tidbit: CA's ecoSoftware originally started as a custom application intended to get a grip on the company's OWN energy consumption, carbon footprint and other environmental information.The application is comprehensive, including CA ecoGovernance, which is a sustainability and carbon management module, and CA ecoMeter, which keeps tabs on operational energy consumption.
Environmental software developer Hara has delivered its sixth application release of the past 12 months, with a focus on new reporting features and integration to additional data sources.Highlights of the Hara Environmental and Energy Management Spring 2010 Release include:Strategic Initiative Modeling, which is modeling and forecasting functionality that ties into a company's overall business agenda"Push button reporting" for the Carbon Disclosure Project and the U.
ZDNet takes a tour of Yahoo's kitchen to see the sustainable options, food management company Bon Appétit has implemented. Innovations include locally farmed food options, a low carbon diet calculator that measures your food intake against your carbon footprint, and a food dehydrator that converts excess food scraps into mulch.
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