Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Green Panel Webinar

We had our green panel webinar last week – with Cindy Bixler, CIO of Embry Riddle, Nancy Richards, Principal of Business Arts Management, and John Klein, VP of Business Development at Midland Information Resources. John talked about how, in their implementation at Emerson Process Management, they saved over $500,000 in paper consumption. Cindy talked about how Embry Riddle used to ship paper everywhere – back and forth from headquarters to their 170 campus locations. Having information scanned and checked in, making it instantly available from any location, saved them tens of thousands of dollars in courier and shipping costs. Nancy talked about how at Swedish Medical, the two systems she implemented moved them from paper to electronic, saving them tons of money but also improving the patient experience. In the cases of each of the customers profiled – Embry Riddle, Swedish Medical, Emerson Process Management, and Standard Forwarding – they talked about the process improvements each company experienced, and how it saved them money and made them more competitive. But beyond the process improvements, where the bulk of the ROI was realized, the paper-based benefits also brought the green benefits of reducing paper consumption, shipping costs, and other green benefits such as reducing warehouse and office space, reducing employee commutes and the associated environmental impact, and enabling better compliance and disaster recovery planning.

We of course talked about the Oracle Green Calculator, which enables customers to input their paper based ROI, and see the resulting impact on the environment, in terms of number of trees saved, barrels of oil saved, and pounds of carbon emissions avoided.
You can access the calculator here:
You can hear the replay of the session here:

ASIO – Green Data Centers
ASIO is a green data center working off of energy they generate. Their roof has 120 solar panels, running the servers, lights, and a water-based cooling system. The water for the cooling system is collected on site from rain runoff. The systems only use 2 gallons of water per hour, and 50% of the water is recycled and used again for cooling. ASIO also uses virtualization that nets them at 60/70:1 ratio of virtual servers to physical servers. Most data centers claim they are green by buying energy produced from green sources. ASIO conserves energy and creates their own, moving towards a zero environmental impact. A vision of the future.

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