Aberdeen and IBM Launch New Green IT Assessment Tool

Aberdeen and IBM Launch New Green IT Assessment Tool

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Research firm Aberdeen Group has partnered with IBM to give companies another resource to make their IT operations more efficient while also achieving their desired return on investment.

Aberdeen’s past research into sustainability and green IT will be used to help companies compare their IT operations with similarly-sized firms. This helps them benchmark against companies considered best-in-class, based on Aberdeen’s research data.

The assessment tool is designed to help firms pinpoint areas for improvement, such as virtualization, end-user collaboration and energy efficiency, before offering a set of action steps. It also offers an estimated ROI on the recommended strategy and helps to prioritize various green IT investments.

"This assessment tool will help companies quickly identify opportunities to improve their operational efficiency and provide them with a competitive advantage," Rich Lechner, IBM vice president of energy and the environment, said in a statement last week. "IBM and Aberdeen have developed a simple way to help companies get started saving money, attracting the best talent and gaining new customers by focusing on sustainability."

The assessment, based on a 15-minute survey, is part of Aberdeen’s Assessment Tool Series, which was launched in 2004.

Last week, IBM announced it was partnering with Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Neb., to offer a two-year associates degree focused on designing and managing green data centers.

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