Green IT Saves More than Dollars

For some, going green means going out of the way to do good. For others, going green is a by-product of doing right by the business. Rebecca Newell of SAP effectively illustrates the latter point in her article in the October issue of SAPinsider. Her article, “Realizing the Environmental and Financial Value of Green IT,” points out that going green in IT benefits the environment, and sends dollars right back to the company—and, typically, the IT department. Anyone looking to justify a “lean and green” IT initiative should have this article handy. Newell’s chart simply illustrates how system decommissioning, reducing document printing costs, cutting the amount of paper filing and reducing data storage costs can save millions of dollars, hundreds of trees and keep hundreds of thousands of pounds of CO2 out of the atmosphere for a large company. At Dolphin, we can confirm Newell’s analysis. Just looking at accounts payable processes, we’ve found that customers can improve operational productivity in the range of 30–80% and reduce cost per invoice by 40-60% while reducing waste generated in the process. And we look at information lifecycle management programs with a similar attitude—reuse before you replace, be smart and efficient with your investments, look at investments from a total cost of ownership standpoint. What do you think? What is the impact of green programs in your IT department?

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Green IT Saves More than Dollars

For some, going green means going out of the way to do good. For others, going green is a by-product of doing right by the business.

Rebecca Newell of SAP effectively illustrates the latter point in her article in the October issue of SAPinsider. Her article, “Realizing the Environmental and Financial Value of Green IT,” points out that going green in IT benefits the environment, and sends dollars right back to the company—and, typically, the IT department.

Anyone looking to justify a “lean and green” IT initiative should have this article handy. Newell’s chart simply illustrates how system decommissioning, reducing document printing costs, cutting the amount of paper filing and reducing data storage costs can save millions of dollars, hundreds of trees and keep hundreds of thousands of pounds of CO2 out of the atmosphere for a large company.

At Dolphin, we can confirm Newell’s analysis. Just looking at accounts payable processes, we’ve found that customers can improve operational productivity in the range of 30–80% and reduce cost per invoice by 40-60% while reducing waste generated in the process.

And we look at information lifecycle management programs with a similar attitude—reuse before you replace, be smart and efficient with your investments, look at investments from a total cost of ownership standpoint.

What do you think? What is the impact of green programs in your IT department?