The green IT stars of 2011

InfoWorld's 2011 Green 15 Awards: Sustainable IT practices bring rich rewards

By , InfoWorld |  Hardware, green it

2011 Green 15 winner: GE Renewable GE Renewable developed REConnect, a portal to provide users with near-real-time information on wind turbine performance. In addition to maintaining the flow of clean wind-powered energy, the portal helps turbine owners and operators find the parts and services they need to keep their systems in top condition.

With REConnect, GE employees can keep tabs on the level of wind energy available and adjust as needed to meet consumer demand. Meanwhile, providers of green energy are able to scan for products and services, submit claims, and monitor fleet performance, thereby enabling them to plan and manage assets efficiently.

Delivering that much information and functionality to 1,500-plus employees and 500-plus users through a single portal is no easy task, nor is making the system flexible enough to support multiple types of turbines in various lifecycle stages. The task required integration with an array of GE's internal platforms, including identity management, ERP, product lifecycle management, document management, master data management, remote monitoring, and diagnostics.

2011 Green 15 winner: HCL Technologies Intent on putting a dent in its carbon footprint, HCL Technologies built its own carbon-measuring and reporting system, having concluded that none of the offerings available on the market met its needs.

Dubbed Manage Carbon, the system integrates with various enterprise applications used by HCL, extracting data pertaining to energy consumption, fuel usage, travel, and so forth. Data is extracted from more than 100 campuses in and out of the company's home country of India, and is performed using a variety of methods, from database-level integration to Web-services-based integration to direct input.

The system is built primarily on open source technologies: JBoss is the JEE app server; Adobe Flex serves as the UI; jBPM handles workflow management; BIRT provides reporting; and MySQL handles database duties.

Armed with a complete view of its environmental impact, HCL has so far succeeded in reducing its carbon footprint by 15%.

2011 Green 15 winner: Hovnanian Construction company Hovnanian launched a comprehensive IT overhaul comprising several green-oriented projects. At the heart of the initiative was a large-scale data center consolidation effort, though which Hovnanian IT virtualized its servers and storage, and employee desktops using Citrix HDX. The company also adopted power management software to power down PCs when not in use.


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