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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Styrofoam peanuts have all-but disappeared from many manufacturers' shipping shelves. Boxes are smaller -- and less expensive to make and ship -- and software developers primarily sell their wares via unpackaged downloads instead of through costly cartons delivered to stores in gas-powered, rubber-wheel-spinning trucks. Most, if not all, manufacturers are scrutinizing their packaging costs, with many looking to use renewable resources to safeguard items. Evocative Design, for example, created EcoCradle, a biodegradable and home-compostable packaging material from seed husks and mushroom roots.
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.