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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Green IT Strategy Guidelines

According to CIO Insight article, Green IT – Buzzword or Strategy?, IT organization should draft a 'Go-Green' action plan. IT leaders must spearhead a cross-departmental effort that would involve all levels of the organization.
Green IT Strategy guidelines according to the CIO article are:
• Define an environmental policy, identifying and prioritizing the issues the organization wants to address. Do this within the context of the enterprise’s broader environmental and corporate social responsibility policies.
• Have the IT organization be responsible for the energy efficiency of the data center and IT equipment.
• Make the data center a priority, but understand the green IT strategy must extend beyond that.
• Create an environmental performance dashboard based on the enterprise’s and IT organization’s environmental policy.
• Use existing and emerging energy management tools, and address behavioral issues to decrease the power consumption of IT-related equipment.
 Finally, Gartner, in 10 Key Elements of a ‘Green IT’ Strategy, contests that its not only customer demand that is going to drive IT departments to go ‘green’, but high energy costs along with regulatory pressures.

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