Don Bray and Jaclyn Pitera, AltaTerra Research
June 2011, 95 pages
Organizations around the world are elevating resource efficiency
and sustainability from a tactical to a strategic concern – and are moving
aggressively to improve environmental performance in operating processes and
products. For many, this has meant new information management and process
control challenges, around energy use, water use, solid waste, toxic materials,
carbon emissions and other factors – inside the organization and across the
These requirements vary dramatically by organization and industry.
And despite the wide array of new enterprise sustainability management software
and IT-enabled control systems now available, there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution.
Establishing an effective, long-term information architecture means taking a
comprehensive view of sustainability, and putting in place integrated
capabilities that serve the organization’s highest-value needs.
The report presents a clear, six-level reference architecture
classifying essential capabilities for sustainability management at an overall
enterprise level down to the device level. We analyze offerings from nineteen
top application software providers in the context of capability sets at the top
two levels of the reference architecture - enterprise sustainability management
and business operations resource management. Lastly, we present a series of
recommendations for how organizations can proceed in establishing effective
enterprise architectures for sustainability.
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