Many companies have had a long, tough haul since the economic downturn started 5 years ago. Much of the focus on the environment has died down as concerns about surviving the crisis, with tough measures such as cost-cutting, downsizing and lay-offs, have preempted concerns about global warming and efforts to mitigate its causes. Yet what executives may not know is that Green IT measures can save companies money without much of an investment. Savings start by economizing resources already in-house, by seeing how to use them more efficiently and reducing waste.
For example, the software company I work for recently needed to replace our servers to improve efficiency. With swapped our old machines for new, much more energy efficient ones, and immediately reduced our power bill by 50%. We didn’t throw away the old servers but instead recycled them for use elsewhere. Many gains can be made just by taking stock of what hardware and software you have, and seeing how it is being used (or is not being used as is often the case). Cutting wasteful hardware and software makes sense for Green IT, with corresponding reductions in power usage and CO2 emissions from production. Read how one of our customers in the Oil and Gas sector accomplished this by paring down their workstations from 357 to 50.