around the world are elevating resource efficiency and sustainability from a
tactical to a strategic concern, and they are moving aggressively to improve
environmental performance in facilities, processes and products.
For many, this has meant new
information management challenges, related to energy and water use, solid
waste, toxic materials, carbon emissions, and other factors.
management requires new types of information not previously tracked—e.g.
details of energy and water use, product environmental attribute data, and GHG
emissions. Furthermore, for IT, sustainability represents an expanded
organizational paradigm, requiring approaches that span traditional boundaries
between enterprise systems and facilities systems, design systems, suppliers,
In the rapidly growing
market for Enterprise Sustainability Management (ESM) software and services, there
is no "one size fits all” solution. Establishing an effective information
architecture means taking a comprehensive view of sustainability, and putting
in place capabilities that serve the organization’s highest-value needs.
In our new research report
"Enterprise Sustainability Management Solutions” we present a clear, six-level
reference architecture defining and classifying essential capabilities for
sustainability management—from the enterprise level down to the device level.
We profile and analyze offerings from nineteen key ESM solution providers,
relative tonineteen specific capabilities described in the top three
levels of the reference architecture. Example key findings include:
- Over the
past few years, sustainability thinking has shifted away from a carbon focus to
a concern with general sustainability and energy savings, notably in the US
- For many
organizations, a combination of powerful market forces has elevated
sustainability to a strategic level, with immediate implications for
operations, products, and brand value.
in sustainability requires organizations to adopt a broad range of new
processes, practices and information management capabilities.
requires new types of information not historically tracked in many
organizations – e.g. details of energy usage, water use, product environmental
attribute data, GHG emissions.
Leading providers are
identified in four distinct market segments. In conclusion, we present
recommendations for how organizations can establish effective enterprise
architectures for sustainability.Enterprise Sustainability Management Solutions: Reference Architecture
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