Can we de-couple economic growth from increased consumption of natural resources?

Unquestionably, you can improve your value to your organisation by helping cut unnecessary use of power and raw materials. There are several ways to achieve this. Two significant strategies are:

  1. Move towards zero travel
  2. Virtualise your infrastructure

Telecommuting not only cuts waste, it also promotes a better working life for individuals and it also means that office space, and all the associated expenses, can be slashed. Technology that supports telecommuting varies in price and performance. At the high-end you should be investigating technologies like Cisco’s TelePresence. More affordable technologies include Cisco’s MeetingPlace, Microsoft’s Live Communications Server and, for those of you not wishing to make a capital investment,  Saas offering like WebEx.

Opportunities for consolidation and server virtualisation can reduce the number of machines in use and reduce the number of data centres you require. However, if you consider the ratio of servers to desktops in your organisation you will see a significant case for implementing desktop virtualisation. Moving to desktop virtualisation will bring power savings and security benefits that far outweigh the savings gained from server virtualisation.

What better strategy than a combination of cost saving with improved corporate, environmental and social responsibility?

About Peter Borner

Peter is an entrepreneur and successful business leader. Currently leading a consultancy firm specialising in technical diligence for M&A and advising global firms on IT consolidation and migration to consumption based costing through the use of Cloud Technologies.