Much like reference guides, the right kind of checklist can shave hours off of researching important information about a topic area. Two Knowledge Network checklists, in particular, uploaded by IT Business Edge contributor Michael Stevens, give users top-notch detail on telecommuting and energy consumption. The Telecommuting IT Checklist and the Green Data Center Energy-Efficiency Checklist take users step-by-step through considering these green technology topics and helping them to create priorities.
Here is a closer look at these checklists and some of the benefits they can offer.
With telecommuting, it's important to understand the substantial business benefits that would come from the reduction in the amount of carbon dioxide getting pumped into the atmosphere by allowing employees to work from home, at least some of the time.
The benefits include:
- Lower costs. Companies can save money on leasing costs, furniture and maintenance.
- Higher productivity. There is plenty of evidence that telecommuters in many job categories are more productive working at home.
- Access to a larger labor pool. Telecommuters can be located anywhere, making it easier to recruit for hard-to-fill positions.
- Environmental benefits. Because it reduces the number of cars on the road, telecommuting is a green business practice that reduces a company's carbon footprint.
This checklist is designed to help IT managers "cover all the bases" for telecommuting arrangements.
The checklist is divided into specific areas including hardware needs, basic communications, client-side communications software, security and agreements and rules. (Below is a screenshot from the checklist.)
For decades, the focus of data center management has been on keeping the hardware up and running and meeting SLAs, with little or no thought given to energy consumption. Now, energy consumption has become a major issue-and it's often unknown territory for IT professionals. In most cases, the utility bill for the data center doesn't even come out of the IT budget. It's part of the facilities management budget. For success, IT and facilities management need to work toward shared goals, and that begins at the organizational level.
This Green Data Center Energy-Efficiency Checklist helps management to accomplish a reduction in energy consumption and an increase in savings.
The checklist is divided into specific areas including organizational issues, strategic considerations, metrics to be tracked, airflow management, chiller adjustments, other equipment adjustments, potential equipment upgrades and server-oriented initiatives. (Below is a screenshot from the checklist.)