We've harvested your green computing views
...and boiled them down into a tasty report
Reg Tech Panel Oh no, not another 'green' report. Yep. But this time it's the result of teamwork between you (well, the 1474 of you who responded to our survey), The Register and FreeForm Dynamics.
Green Computing: the role of IT in the push towards environmental sustainability has a good rummage round inside organisations to find out what's really going on and what might be coming down the track. It also provides a set of recommendations which go way beyond the usual 'consolidate and virtualise' type of IT-centric green guidelines.
As we have reported previously, attitudes to 'green' vary by geography. They also vary by company size, and between employees and employers. In fact, one of the interesting facts to emerge is that employees in general are much more ready to support environmental initiatives than organisations are to initiate them.
Some aspects of the report may not surprise you but they will anchor your suspicions in reality. For example, money and regulation are the top two drivers for environmental initiatives, closely followed by reputational issues. Few organizations consider 'green' itself as much of a driver. Pragmatism rules, as ever.
Having said that, even if you are familiar with the subject matter, this report brings something rare to the party: a research-based look at what's actually happening and some strong guidance on the role of IT as part of a broader organisational environmental strategy. Before this can happen though, a change of heart towards IT needs to happen. At the moment, a minority of organisations view IT as an enabler of business advantage.
The report offers a starting point to help businesses and IT, or ICT to be more accurate, to work together and realise the increased value that a concerted approach can bring to the company's bottom line. And, as a by-product, contribute to the organisation's environmental credentials.
Re: Self selection bias
Dr Stephen Jones
I presume you haven't read the report. In it we cover the dangers of self selection and why this does not invalidate what we learnt.
To Mr Vile, and whoever commissioned this poll at The Register:
Your defence of this statistical garbage is even more troubling than Tebbutt's original article. May I suggest you learn something about self-selection bias before wasting our time with further polls?
Surveys which fail to account for self-selection bias are meaningless. Would you publish a poll on attitudes to the Police, without first finding out how many respondents are in the Police force?
In defiance of the old hippy
1930s The Yellow Peril
1940s-1970s The Red Menace
1970s New Ice Age
1980s Nuclear Winter
1990s Y2K (ok, there might have been some point to that, but a lot of exaggeration too)
2000's Bird Flu, SARS, Terrorism, Global Climate Change (because we can't agree if it's going to warm up or cool down)
Roll on 2010 so I can find out what the next decade's worry-warts are going to have us all killed in our beds by.