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Green IT Budgets On The Rise

Symantec have published a report into the attitudes of organisations towards “Green IT”. They surveyed over 1,000 companies worldwide.

High Level Summary of Findings

  • Green IT has moved from a wishlist item to high priority. 97% were discussing Green IT Strategy, 67% discussing or trialing Green IT initiatives and 30% have already implemented a strategy
  • Green IT budgets are rising and IT are willing to pay a premium for green equipment.
  • IT is at the heart of Enterprise Green Efforts. 81% of IT Departments are responsible or are cross-charged for data centre electricity. 92% believe IT has a pivotal role.
  • Top Priorities
    1. Energy Consumption
    2. Reducing Cooling Costs
    3. Reduce Pollution
    4. Qualify as a “Green” Company
  • Most Common Tactics
    1. Replace hardware with more efficient models
    2. Monitor power consumption
    3. Server consolidation
    4. Server virtualisation

Finally, 55% are considering SaaS as part of a strategy to reduce power (Then somone else can worry about the servers).

The report is here
The accompanying press release is here

About Martin Thompson

Martin is owner and founder of The ITAM Review, an online resource for worldwide ITAM professionals. The ITAM Review is best known for its weekly newsletter of all the latest industry updates, LISA training platform, Excellence Awards and conferences in UK, USA and Australia.

Martin is also the founder of ITAM Forum, a not-for-profit trade body for the ITAM industry created to raise the profile of the profession and bring an organisational certification to market. On a voluntary basis Martin is a contributor to ISO WG21 which develops the ITAM International Standard ISO/IEC 19770.

He is also the author of the book "Practical ITAM - The essential guide for IT Asset Managers", a book that describes how to get started and make a difference in the field of IT Asset Management. In addition, Martin developed the PITAM training course and certification.

Prior to founding the ITAM Review in 2008 Martin worked for Centennial Software (Ivanti), Silicon Graphics, CA Technologies and Computer 2000 (Tech Data).

When not working, Martin likes to Ski, Hike, Motorbike and spend time with his young family.

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One Comment

  1. Kylie Fowler says:

    We have had a cross-departmental green committee for several years now…

    we have found that there have been many ways where having a group of people from the business, facilities and IT can really push things

    forward. Our focus at the moment is largely on those ‘green’ areas which facilitate cost cutting… is anyone suprised?!


    area not on the list above is printing. It’s a complex issue, but with significant savings (both green and financial) to be made in

    terms of reducing paper, toner and power use.

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