To quote Kermit the Frog: It's not easy being green.
But it's becoming a more important consideration for CIOs, who are being urged to lower -- or at least control -- energy costs and also to ensure that their companies are in compliance with a growing number of environmental regulations.
One thing that could really help, says an AMR Research analyst, is business intelligence tools that give companies the kind of visibility required to create and monitor environmental metrics. Without such tools, he says, most green initiatives are nothing more than "tokenism."
If, for instance, a BI tool could help companies see that a new server would reduce carbon emissions, they could make a more informed purchasing decision.
Unfortunately, current BI and ERP systems do not offer this kind of functionality. That seems likely to change, however, with observers like IT futurist Thorton May predicting that BI vendors will be eager to exploit a new market by going green.