What makes them green: Clearly, enabling far-flung employees to collaborate visually without hitting the road or taking to the skies means fewer carbon emissions.
But truth be told, reducing the corporate carbon footprint is really just a nice offshoot of the real reason enterprises adopt such technologies - to save on travel-related greenbacks, says Ted Ritter, senior research analyst with Nemertes Research.
Nemertes research shows room-based videoconferencing, long-touted for its ability to cut travel expenses, already in use at nearly 82% of organizations, Ritter says. That percentage drops considerable desktop videoconferencing, with only about 30% of organizations allowing its use. However, another 50% of organizations say they do plan to use the technology, he says
At this point, full telepresence is the least adopted of these technologies, at 21% deployed among organizations, Ritter says. Uptake is three times as likely at global organizations rather than at those with domestic operations only, he adds. Again, this type of organization can point to a telepresence initiative as being environmentally friendly but that won't have been the driving force. Return on investment would be, Ritter says.
What users say:
"Minimizing the environmental impact by reducing employee travel."
"Saving participants in a customer meeting $100,000 in travel costs while also reducing emissions by an equivalent of more than 62 metric tons of carbon dioxide."
E-waste & IT asset recycling
People's picks: Allied Computer Brokers, Converge, Intechra Group, Redemtech
What makes it green: In August, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that preventing e-waste and its "irresponsible management" was one of its top six global priorities.
The decision is no surprise given that the world's fastest growing toxic waste stream comes from computers, mobile phones and other electronics, according to the Basel Action Network (BAN), a leading global source of information and advocacy on toxic trade and international hazardous waste treaties. Tossing your old computers and other IT gear in the company dumpster is bad green policy.
"For me, electronic waste is the litmus test of how green an enterprise's green IT program really is," says Simon Mingay, a Gartner research vice president.