Cost-savings and energy efficiencies go hand-in-hand. The poor economy and a collective awareness of the finite resources available to the world are encouraging businesses to invest in green technologies. In fact, 60% of companies now have green criteria for their technology purchases, a Forrester Research study found. Cutting costs is the primary motivator, while real or anticipated regulatory issues and pressure from buyers also ranked high, the report said. Only 30% were driven by their desir
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From cathode-ray tubes and lead solder, to hexavelent chromium and plastics, computer equipment includes a number of toxins that could be released if that old printer, monitor or PC ends up in a regular landfill. In order to protect the environment, many states have outright bans on merely tossing out retired computing products. Recognizing the growing need for recycling and safe waste-management services, businesses from IBM to local firms are addressing this market. Other organizations accept donations of retired computers, using the devices for students, nursing homes and educational programs. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides guidelines for electronics' recyclers.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.