I wanted to take just a few minutes on this Friday afternoon to talk about the directions that we see emerging in the energy management space. As Rich mentioned, one thing that we don't see changing is the demand for energy cost reduction, the increased focus on regulatory compliance, and the pressure from various stakeholders to improve environmental social responsibility. But there are a number of trends in this space that are changing, and in ways that make these goals more possible with each passing day.One of the most important changes that we are seeing is that more and more assets are enabled for instrumentation and insight. Assets that were once simply plugged into power outlets are now tied to communications networks and are sharing key performance metrics, including energy and environmental information. Now we can see the energy consumption and environmental factors in real-time for assets varying from x-ray machines to IT servers to construction equipment. As we improve this instrumentation, it allows us to make smarter decisions about which assets to utilize, when to utilize them, when maintenance is needed, or when to replace them. We will also improve our ability to create policies that can dynamically respond to changing energy situations (pricing changes, demand charges, outages, natural disasters, etc.) in order to reduce risk, cost, and environmental impact --- without reducing our ability to deliver the critical business services that drive our enterprises. We can also use this instrumentation to report on our performance and track progress over time. When we make a change in our organizations, whether a new cooling system or an employee initiative to turn off the lights in their offices, we'll be able to see the change as it happens and track our key performance indicators. This is a far cry from many of today's projects, where we scramble around the organization looking for energy savings or waste reduction, but have no real way to know if our efforts are successful.So that's one major trend that is shaping the future of energy and environmental management. What other trends do you see that will impact our ability to better manage our energy and environmental resources in the enterprise?
Directions in Energy and Environmental Management - Instrumentation and Insight
Chris Dittmer 27000033P6 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  energy-monitoring tivoli monitoring green-it green-data-center meo energy green green-infrastructure energy-efficiency management green-and-beyond ibm-energy-management ibm sustainability energy-management maximo 1,192 Visits