Oracle's 2012 Eco-Enterprise Awards Honor the Best and Greenest

By Marta Bright

Oracle honored 11 customers and 6 partners at Oracle OpenWorld Wednesday for achievements in creating more energy-efficient work environments through a combination Oracle hardware and business applications. The 2012 Eco-Enterprise Innovation Awards, presented this year by Oracle Chairman of the Board Jeff Henley, highlight customers using Oracle products to reduce their environmental footprint while reducing costs. 

Henley began the ceremony with commentary on how Oracle remains committed to being a best-in-class technology provider by working very hard at energy efficiency. This has been accomplished, in part, through the opening of a world-class data center in Utah and through the creation of a work environment where the majority of employee training is done online, he said. 

This year’s Eco-Enterprise Innovation Award winners were selected by a panel of six judges—three independent sustainability experts and three Oracle employees who are experts in the area of Oracle’s sustainability products. After a brief award presentation and photo session, the event turned into a panel discussion cohosted by Oracle’s Jon Chorley, chief sustainability officer and vice president, Supply Chain Management Product Strategy; Ron Melanson, vice president, Hardware Development; and John O’Rourke, vice president, Enterprise Performance Management Product Marketing. 

“As IT professionals, one of the most important things we can do is reduce our carbon footprint,” said Melanson as he invited Ian Winham, executive vice president and CFO of Ricoh Europe, onto the stage. Winham offered a thumbnail sketch of the highly successful program Ricoh has been following to reduce its overall energy consumption. More specifically, by virtualizing its data centers and removing 2,000 servers, Ricoh has, according to Winham, reduced the company’s IT footprint by an impressive 85 percent. “We measure everything we do,” said Winham. “Every business case we produce at Ricoh has environmental questions associated with it. Unless it is going to tick the sustainability box, we are not interested in pursuing it.” 

Award recipients representing North County Transit and Schneider Electric also shared insights into the protocols they’ve been following in order to become greener, more sustainable enterprises. 

“If you can measure it, you can improve it,” said Henley during the ceremony. “By adding more analytics and insight into your enterprise, people will put a lot more attention into being more transparent.”

Partners awarded 2012 Eco-Enterprise Innovation Awards were:

  • Hitachi Consulting
  • Infosys
  • Memora
  • Oracle
  • Reqmiyat
  • Team Cain

Customers awarded 2012 Eco-Enterprise Innovation Awards are:

  • Dena Bank
  • Earth Rangers Centre for Sustainable Technology
  • Grupo Pão de Açúcar 
  • Health Authority - Abu Dhabi
  • Korean Air
  • OUC (Orlando Utilities Commission)
  • North County Transit District
  • Ricoh Europe PLC
  • Schneider Electric ITB
  • Severn Trent Water Ltd.
  • TERRACAP – Development Agency of Federal District 


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