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  • IT Best Practices - Green IT Taking Root Despite Uncertain Payback

    Green IT Taking Root Despite Uncertain Payback

    The term green IT most frequently refers to initiatives to reduce IT energy consumption but can also entail recycling, proper disposal of toxic materials, and even telecommuting. Although the adoption of green IT is on a sharp upward curve, the economic rationale for these investments is unclear. This study first looks at adoption trends, which provide insight into how many organizations have green IT initiatives, how many are in the process of implementation, and how quickly such environmentally-friendly investments are likely to increase over the next year. We then examine the economic experience of those that already have made such investments by examining the percentage of organizations that report positive and break-even ROI within a two-year period and the percentage that exceed budgets for total cost of ownership. (9 pp., 7 figs.)[Executive Summary]

    August, 2009

  • IT Best Practices - ISO 14001 and the Future of Information Technology

    ISO 14001 and the Future of Information Technology

    One of the most important environmental developments affecting business is the new standard for environmental management, ISO 14001.

    November, 2002

  • Valuations 600x400 - Top Ten Steps for Disposing of Obsolete Computer Equipment

    Top Ten Steps for Disposing of Obsolete Computer Equipment

    As the glut of high-tech junk accumulates, businesses are facing increasing pressure to properly dispose of obsolete computer hardware. In addition to compromising the environment, improper disposal of obsolete computer hardware can result in leakage of proprietary company information and violation of new federal privacy laws that ban the disclosure of non-public financial and medical information about employees and customers.  This article provides a checklist of questions to simplify the process of electronics disposal and comply with new federal privacy regulations. (3 pp.)

    February, 2002