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Enviromentally Friendly BI

by Steve BogdonFriday, April 1, 2011

In anticipation of an early spring Dashboard Insight has decided to take another look at what has changed over the past year in the world of “Environmentally Friendly Business Intelligence.  During the last year there have been great advancements in this area such as greener data warehouse solutions.  We have also seen green energy companies take advantage of business intelligence solutions such as the use of data visualization in the annual Greener Electronics Apple Ranking, created by Greenpeace.

As we initially reported, green business - which includes a wide range of sustainability and environmentally friendly BI practices - has seen powerful growth in recent years (from both the private and public sectors).   

So we're going to revisit this popular topic to have a look at what's changed over the past year or so.  Let's have a look at the latest in green BI technology and more….


Don’t Underestimate the Power of Green Business Intelligence

With each passing year, the world becomes more socially conscious. The global population explosion of the last one hundred years has caught up with us; environmentally sustainable living patterns and green business habits are now necessities, as our consumer culture has formally adopted a new mantra of “reduce, recycle, and reuse.”

by: William Laurent, William Laurent, Inc..

Environmental Friendly Business Intelligence

Sustainability has become a top corporate priority as organizations report on their triple bottom line, the 3Ps -“Profits, People & Planets.” Today, growing numbers of organizations voluntarily submit environmental metrics to the Carbon Disclosure Project, publish annual sustainability reports, or include sustainability metrics in their annual reports to stakeholders. As these organizations of all sizes pursue the eco-friendly mantra “It’s just not business, it’s the right thing to do”, they have become increasingly focused on including sustainability as a corporate mandate. To this end, companies need clear visibility into core sustainability initiatives or key performance indicators (KPIs) such as energy usage and carbon footprint.

by: Stephen Slade, Senior Director, www.oracle.com

The Greening of BI - From Carbon Credits to Overweight Dogs

Serving more than 4,000 solar and wind power producers, financiers, systems integrators and OEMs across 28 countries, Fat Spaniel helps the renewable energy industry to better optimize output, trim costs, contain risk and boost ROI on renewable-energy investments. Fat Spaniel’s Insight Platform is used by system installers to schedule service and maximize performance, while owners use the solution to track energy generation and usage. The solution also helps these green companies to maximize emerging carbon and renewable energy credits.

by: Brian Gentile, Chief Executive Officer, www.jaspersoft.com

Using Environmental Factors To Make Better BI Purchases

Making the right BI choice by combining lower energy and saving costs enables management to make better choices that extend beyond the features and functions of the solution towards better long term efficiencies. This article looks at some of the considerations required when looking at greener BI solution choice. This includes identifying internal green goals and thresholds, looking at data warehouse and server requirements and differences, anticipating future energy requirements and limitations, and government regulations.

by: Lyndsay Wise, President, WiseAnalytics.

Agile Business Continuity: Learning from the Recent Japan Tsunami and Earthquake

No business venture will ever be able to make sure that every eventuality and threat to operational continuity has been sufficiently vetted and subsequently mitigated. Life is too complex; Mother Nature and human nature are too random and unpredictable; and large scale disasters can strike at any time, bringing with it physical (and psychological) impacts that have never before been addressed or assessed. However, watching history play out over the last ten years, I am convinced that governments and business entities need to drive their recovery and continuity plans from more of an agile perspective.

by: William Laurent, William Laurent, Inc.

Sustainability Reporting - Measuring the Impact of Going Green

Every box of Timberland shoes has a label that resembles the “Nutrition Facts” label found on food and beverage products. Called “Our Footprint,” this label gives consumers detailed information on the environmental and community impact of the product. Items such as manufacturing factory locations, climate impact, chemical uses and resource consumption are all tracked, calculated and provided to help consumers make informed decisions with greater product transparency.

by: Patrick Quinlan, Chief Executive Officer, www.rivetsoftware.com

Business Sustainability and Carbon Footprint Reduction Management via Dashboard-Based Business Intelligence

For a business to be sustainable, it must effectively deal with resource consumption, changing economic and environmental conditions, and the emerging regulatory framework governing the reduction of carbon footprints. Corporations are therefore increasingly turning to business intelligence (BI) applications to provide their Office of Sustainability staff with effective and timely decision-support capabilities.

by: Paul Fraley & Frank Smietana, Dinensional Insight.

Variable Annuity Compliance: the Year of Going “Green”?

In 2010, insurance executives and managers face many challenges in terms of helping their company rein in costs, remain compliant, and respond to mounting pressure to demonstrate sustainability in business practices.

Compounding these challenges is the wave of new investors that will enter the insurance market as a result of the Obama administration’s suggestions to include variable annuities more widely for use in retirement plans.  The good news is that this potential new legislation will certainly bring new customers.  However, because these new customers will most likely begin with potentially small balances, keeping costs down will be important to all parties.

by: Jeff Levering, NewRiver, Inc.

Harnessing Sustainability with Open Source BI

Despite the tremendous investment in renewable energy production, challenges still exist for the management and optimization of these systems. Because solar and wind electric plants are highly distributed, they require solutions that can be cost-effectively managed remotely. Fat Spaniel Technologies helps energy producers leverage the Internet to tackle the unique needs of renewable energy sites.

by: Tom Cahill, http://www.jaspersoft.com

Smart BI reveals cost savings in environmental practices

External pressure for transparent environmental performance information is increasing – in every industry and geography, and for every executive. Therefore, the need for insightful dashboards that return accurate, timely knowledge is a burgeoning demand for BI vendors today.

by: Alyssa Farrell and Randy Betancourt

A New Horizon Of Environmentally Friendly BI

At the epicenter of environmentally sympathetic BI will be a slew of new key performance indicators (KPIs) and executive dashboards that will be required to measure eco-sustainable performance and compliance.  These dashboards will be able to regulate, track and ration energy, while collecting and integrating power usage statistics with pricing strategies and carbon-footprint data.  Such dexterous and networked user interfaces will form a vital component of the “Smart Grid.”

by: William Laurent, William Laurent, Inc.

The Seven Pillars of Green BI - Part 1

In anticipation of his taking office on January 20th of this year, President-elect Barack Obama has expressed a desire for the Federal Government to spend over 150 billion U.S dollars on green technology. Although the specifics are not known yet, a good portion of this expenditure will undoubtedly be centered around green IT and green computing. The greening of the United States’ infrastructure will be brought about, in large part, via practices proven successful by green IT initiatives, especially those concerned with improving the environmental sustainability of enterprise data centers.

by: William Laurent, William Laurent, Inc.

Using Business Intelligence to Reduce and Accurately Measure Carbon Footprint

Enter The Visual Environment. The Visual Environment is a UK-based company founded by Calum Miller and Patrick Hodgson. It invented, designed and developed unique software: video-miles®. It tracks video conferencing activities to help companies measure and track their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.

by Roni Floman, www.sisense.com

The Seven Pillars of Green BI - Part 2

In order for Green Business Intelligence to be effective, it must produce accurate, timely, and repeatable knowledge, just like any other BI architecture. Although the means to achieve robust Green BI will generically mirror most other types of BI domains, the end result of green intelligence is unique. Value innovation will be replaced with “green innovation” and influence all areas of corporate operations—from procurement of raw resources to product distribution and marketing. In addition, green reporting will seamlessly support regulatory compliance and clearly chart environmental footprints from a limitless number of vistas. A Green BI dashboard will also be able to measure the greenness of an organization from a business process point of view via custom metrics and KPI crafted exclusively to support sustainability goals.

by William Laurent, William Laurent, Inc.

Making Green BI Personal - Using Dashboards and Incentives to Ensure Success

The use of dashboards to manage the consumption of resources is becoming a common way for organizations to govern their overall carbon footprint. Obvious uses include monitoring environmental impact, energy consumption, emissions, etc. with the goal being to cut costs and improve efficiencies. Whether they be oil and gas, manufacturing, or travel, these industries are required to work towards the control of consumption and the emissions they expend back into the environment. But emphasis placed on good corporate citizenship demands that all organizations do their part to limit their use of energy as well as harmful emissions. Consequently, all organizations can use some sort of tool to help create a greener environment within their own confines.

by: Lyndsay Wise, Wise Analytics

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