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Four out of Five IT Decision Makers Value Green IT
Eighty percent of IT decision makers across government and corporate sectors believe that implementing Green IT solutions in their organizations is important, according to a new survey by CDW Corporation. Additionally, almost half (49 percent) report positive reputation as one of the greatest benefits of adopting Green IT.

However, 51 percent of IT decision makers hesitate to employ Green IT technologies because of concerns about cost, while 25 percent cite complexity of implementing and maintaining Green IT solutions. Twenty-one percent cite potential disruptions to current systems as a top barrier to adoption.

Even though IT decision makers clearly recognize the importance of Green IT solutions such as virtualization and server consolidation, there are always going to be growing pains involved with making a significant change to an organization, said CDW Vice President Mark Gambill, the companys executive responsible for market insights. If going green means replacing servers that are already delivering reliable IT to an organization, then widespread adoption may take some time.

Green IT is the practice of using natural resources efficiently and minimizing environmental impact through the entire IT product lifecycle. Examples of Green IT initiatives include IT purchasing practices that favor environmental protection, efficient IT energy use and safe recycling of electronic equipment. For more information about attitudes of IT decision makers toward Green IT, please visit www.cdwitmonitor.com.

According to CDW, the biggest champions of Green IT solutions within corporations and government organizations tend to be executives at the highest level. Forty-six percent of corporate IT decision makers including 73 percent of small businesses cite the CEO, President, Partner or Owner as the biggest proponent of Green IT. However, less than a third of small businesses have begun to implement Green IT versus nearly two-thirds of large businesses.

In some cases, large businesses have greater flexibility when it comes to implementing new technologies, added Gambill. However, Green IT solutions can benefit organizations of all sizes. As IT decision makers become more aware of the available options, Green IT adoption will likely continue to broaden.

In contrast to corporations, only 35 percent of government organizations have implemented Green IT solutions, and more than a third (39 percent) of them have no plans to implement Green IT in the next two years.

It will be interesting to see how the priorities of government organizations regarding Green IT may change over time as its value in long-term cost savings becomes more clear, added Gambill.

Published Thursday, July 24, 2008 6:06 AM by David Marshall
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