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Wanted: Green IT manager

If you've ever wondered EXACTLY what goes into being a green IT manager, Forrester Research has published a helpful document with, essentially, a job description of your duties.First off, the 50,000-foot look.
Written by Heather Clancy, Contributor

If you've ever wondered EXACTLY what goes into being a green IT manager, Forrester Research has published a helpful document with, essentially, a job description of your duties.

First off, the 50,000-foot look. Forrester notes that this person is "accountable for delivering environmental and financial results through a successful green IT strategy."

This job has become much more sophisticated in the past 12 months. Here's just a few of the things that will be on your to-do list. I'm calling out the tasks that are more forward-thinking in nature:

  • Reduce the impact of owning, operating and disposing of IT assets. Do you have a formal asset recovery and recycling program in place yet?
  • Use technology to reduce the impact of business processes on the environment. So, how about it: Have you figured out how videoconferencing will help offset the carbon impact of unnecessary travel?
  • Offer a baseline of the IT department's environmental and financial impact, especially with respect to carbon dioxide emissions and energy costs
  • Create enterprise-wide systems for sensing carbon and energy impacts, by using next-generation sensor technology and software for collecting and analyzing this information. Have you convinced your management to make these investments yet?
  • Continually evangelize and advise the practice of green IT to stakeholders across your organization.

So how about it. Are you getting what you are worth as a green IT manager? Might be time to ask yourself what your job looks like and what it SHOULD look like and determine whether it isn't time to update that profile. If you have access to the Forrester Research database, I strongly encourage you to look at their entire job description.

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