Oracle Folds Carbon, E-Waste Management Features Into Products

Colorado State University revealed last week it is using servers and other technologies from Oracle to reduce the environmental footprint of one of its residence halls.

The news follows two announcements from Oracle about features its has added to two products in a bid to make it easier for companies to manage their energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and e-waste. The moves are part of Oracle's long-term goal of providing a common set of metrics and analytics across a range of sustainability data sources.

"They add to a broad set of capabilities that show up everywhere in our product lines, such as how we design products, how we manufacture products, how we deal with logistics and transportation, how we design logistics networks," said Jon Chorley, Oracle's vice president of supply chain execution and product life cycle management strategy.

"All of those are areas where we've made specific investments to help companies both reduce their environmental footprints and, more importantly, save money while doing it."

The hardware and software maker has added Sustainability Sensor Data Management to the Oracle Manufacturing Operations Center to allow for the tracking of environmental impacts, such as energy, water and greenhouse gas emissions. The product can be used on a standalone basis, or within Oracle's E-Business Suite.

Oracle also enhanced its Depot Repair product with new dashboards to help businesses reduce waste and process returned materials for reuse, refurbishment or recycling.

In a phone interview this week, Chorley described a multi-pronged approach to how Oracle is giving companies the ability to measure and manage data related to sustainability, which it views as a core competency.

"On some ends there are some specific capabilities that have a pure-play sustainability flavor," Chorley said. "At the other end, it's maybe just a modest amount of additional data you need to capture."

In terms of some of its energy and carbon management offerings, Chorley said there are capabilities Oracle is developing as tool kits within its Hyperion financial planning, budgeting and modeling system. The features give companies a high-level view of incoming data and allows them to model their environmental impacts.