Sunday Feb 09, 2014

Paris Lodron Universität Decreases Carbon Footprint by 75% and Energy Consumption by 50%

Back in October, I wrote a blog about Oracle’s Eco-Enterprise Innovation Award with a summary of the award winners who use Oracle products to help with their environmental initiatives. Throughout this year, I’ll be providing more details around these award winners and how they’ve been able to both reduce their environmental footprint as well as improve their operational efficiencies using green business practices. Nominations are now open for the 2014 Oracle Eco-Enterprise Innovation award.

One of our 2013 award winners is the University of Salzburg, one of Austria’s major universities. More than 18,000 students are enrolled in its classes, and the university employs approximately 2,700 staff members. University of Salzburg reduced its carbon footprint from 96 tons to roughly 25 tons per year by migrating a large number of hardware components, software platforms, and service-related processes to Oracle Engineered Systems. They were able to deliver extreme performance by deploying Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud with preconfigured, pretuned, and pretested database servers, storage servers, and network connections, decreasing their total cost of ownership by 30%. The University of Salzburg reduced its energy consumption by 50% in less than 12 months—including the energy used by cooling systems—by consolidating multiple servers into Oracle Engineered Systems stacks.

Florin Guma, their CIO stated “We aim to be an example for our students in protecting the environment with more sustainable processes, such as more efficient cooling of data centers or better print management. Oracle helped us achieve all of our sustainability goals—75% lower carbon footprint, 50% less energy consumption, and 20% less paper use. It empowers us to set higher targets in the future, while providing 10x better performance at a 30% lower total cost of ownership.” Read more about their story here.

Wednesday Feb 20, 2013

Health Authority – Abu Dhabi Increases Performance up to 80% and Lays Foundation for World-Class, Paperless, Healthcare E-Services

Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) is the regulatory body charged with ensuring excellence in community healthcare in the emirate. HAAD needed to deploy a reliable and secure infrastructure to facilitate world-class healthcare e-services that could scale to serve millions of citizens across the emirates. The health authority deployed the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 to standardize processes and improve efficiency. It reduced customer service transaction workload by 20%, automated the requisition cycle with paperless processes, accelerated processing, on average, fivefold and cut the monthly financial closing process from 10 days to 3 days. By rolling out self-service capabilities, the organization saves 800 work-hours and 25,000 sheets of paper, annually. By moving to a paperless system and reducing their environmental impact, HAAD was selected as one of the winners of the 2012 Oracle Excellence Award: Eco-Enterprise Innovation. With the help of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, HAAD increased the performance of its front-office processes, driven by third-party applications that are uploaded into the data warehouse every night, by 80%, on average, and facilitated strategic decision-making through in-depth analysis capabilities. Read more about Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD).

Saturday Jan 05, 2013

Call for Nominations for Oracle Excellence Awards: Eco-Enterprise Innovation - Due July 15

Is your organization using an Oracle product to lower its environmental footprint while reducing costs? For example, you may use Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management to design more eco-friendly products, Oracle Transportation Management to reduce fleet emissions, Oracle Exadata Database Machine to decrease power and cooling needs while increasing database performance, Oracle Business Intelligence to measure environmental impacts, or one of many other Oracle products. Your company may be eligible for an Oracle Excellence Award:  Eco-Enterprise Innovation. Submit a nomination form located here by July 15 if your organization is using any Oracle product to take an environmental lead as well as to reduce costs and improve its business efficiencies by using green business practices. These awards will be presented during Oracle OpenWorld 2013 (September 22-September 26) in San Francisco.

Either a customer or its partner can submit the nomination form on behalf of the customer. Winners will be selected based on the extent of the environmental impact they have had as well as the business efficiencies they have achieved through their combined use of Oracle products. To be eligible for this award, your company must use at least one of Oracle’s products and the solution should be in production or in active development.

These awards will be presented to the winning customers and their partners during Oracle OpenWorld by a senior Oracle executive and will be honored in a special Oracle OpenWorld conference session. Winning customers will receive a free Oracle OpenWorld registration pass and will have the opportunity to participate in Oracle media opportunities. See last year's winners here.  

Tuesday Oct 23, 2012

Oracle Congratulates Winners of the 2012 Oracle Excellence Award: Eco-Enterprise Innovation

Oracle recently held its fifth annual Eco-Enterprise Innovation awards ceremony during Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. Oracle Chairman of the Board, Jeff Henley, awarded select customers for their use of Oracle products to help with their sustainability initiatives. During this session, several award recipients discussed how they embedded various sustainability strategies throughout their organizations to help reduce their costs as well as their environmental footprint. It was an interesting session based around green best business practices and how Oracle products enabled many of these customers’ sustainability efforts.

The winning customers for 2012 are: Dena Bank, Earth Rangers Centre, Grupo Pão de Açúcar, Health Authority – Abu Dhabi, Korean Air, North County Transit District, Orlando Utilities Commission, Ricoh – Europe, Schneider Electric, Severn Trent Water, and Terracap.

Several of these winning customers also selected a partner to co-accept the award with them. These winning partners played a major role in helping these customers achieve their sustainability-related efforts..

Oracle also awarded Ian Winham, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from Ricoh Europe, with Oracle's Chief Sustainability Officer of the Year award. Ricoh Europe is a multinational imaging and electronics company with a strong commitment to sustainability. Ian was honored for his leadership in reducing Ricoh's environmental impacts by leveraging Oracle's applications and underlying technology.

See here for more details.

Wednesday Jun 06, 2012

Hill International Wins Oracle Eco-Enterprise Innovation Award

In my last blog entry, I discussed Oracle’s Eco-Enterprise Innovation Award, part of the Oracle Excellence awards. Nominations for this year’s awards are due July 17. These awards are presented to organizations that use Oracle products to reduce their environmental footprint while improving their operational efficiency.

One of last year’s winners was Hill International. Engineering News-Record magazine recently ranked Hill as the eighth-largest construction management firm in the United States. Hill International was able to streamline its forecasting and improve its visibility into its construction projects’ productivity and profitability using Oracle Primavera. They also implemented Oracle Hyperion Financial Management to standardize its financial reporting and forecasting processes and support its decision-making. With Oracle, Hill gained visibility into the true productivity of each project and cut its financial reporting cycle time from two weeks to one. The company also used the data generated to support new construction project proposals and determine the profitability of potential projects.

Hill International realized significant cost savings and reduced its environmental impact on its US$400 million Comcast Center construction project in Philadelphia by centralizing its data storage, reducing paper usage, and maximizing project efficiency. It also leveraged the increased visibility offered by the Oracle solutions to make more environmentally-sound business decisions regarding on-site demolition, re-use of previous structures, green design of new facilities, procurement, and materials usage. See more about Hill International and the other Eco-Enterprise Innovation award winners here.

 

Thursday May 24, 2012

Nominations Due July 17 for Oracle’s Eco-Enterprise Innovation Awards

Are you using Oracle products to reduce your environmental footprint while reducing costs? For example, you may use Oracle Self-Service E-Billing for paperless invoicing or Oracle Advanced Compression for reduced disk space and power usage. You may be eligible for Oracle’s Eco-Enterprise Innovation Award, part of the Oracle Excellence awards. Submit a nomination form located here by July 17 if your company is using any of Oracle's products to take an environmental lead as well as to reduce costs and improve your business efficiencies by using green business practices. These awards will be presented during Oracle OpenWorld 2012 (September 30-October 4) in San Francisco.

A customer, their partner, or Oracle representative can submit the nomination form on behalf of the customer. Tell us how you use Oracle products to help protect the environment and improve your operational effficiency. Winners will be selected based on the extent of the environmental impact they have had as well as the business efficiencies they have achieved through their combined use of Oracle products. To be eligible for this award, your company must use at least one of Oracle’s products and the solution should be in production or in active development.

These awards will be presented to the winning customers and their partners during Oracle OpenWorld by Oracle’s Chairman of the Board and will be honored in a special Oracle OpenWorld conference session. Winning customers will receive a free Oracle OpenWorld registration pass and will have the opportunity to participate in Oracle media opportunities and inclusion in Oracle Magazine. See last year's winners here.

Thursday Apr 19, 2012

‘Sustainable Corporation 2012’ Conference To Be Held at Oracle on May 2

Oracle is hosting ‘The Sustainable Corporation 2012’ conference on Wednesday May 2 at our headquarters in Redwood Shores, California.  This conference is a signature event of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. It brings together visionary companies in Silicon Valley that recognize they can become more competitive by integrating environmental sustainability across their business as a strategic imperative. Their companies are also becoming more resilient and more likely to win and retain customers. 

Join us on Wednesday May 2 as the Silicon Valley Leadership Group brings together an audience of more than 300 Valley leaders to focus on the strategic sustainability imperative. There will be case studies and panels from dozens of speakers that include: Lauralee Martin, EVP, COO & CFO of Jones Lang LaSalle; Adam Lowry, Co-Founder of Method; Jon Chorley, Chief Sustainability Officer of Oracle; Mark Hawkins, CFO of Autodesk; Seth Miller, Partner at DBL Investors; Natasha Scotnicki, Director, Corporate Program, Ceres; and Jason Wolf, Vice President, North America, Better Place.

Register here: http://thesustainablecorp.org/

Tuesday Jan 10, 2012

North County Transit District Explains the Benefits of Automating Environmental Reporting

Join us on Thursday, January 26 at 7:30 AM PST (3:30 GMT, 4:30 CET) for a live webcast to hear Angela Miller, Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer of North County Transit District (NCTD), discuss the key drivers which led NCTD to automate their environmental reporting process to make it more reliable, efficient, and secure. Angela will share why NCTD selected Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Environmental Accounting & Reporting to achieve their objectives and the business benefits they expect to realize from its implementation.

Whether on a mandatory or a voluntary basis, organizations are increasingly becoming more transparent in their environmental reporting and using information-driven analytics to drive material performance improvement. Learn more about automating environmental reporting by registering here for this live webcast. During this webcast Jon Chorley, Oracle CSO and VP SCM Product Strategy, and Rich Kroes, Oracle Product Strategy Director, will also highlight the key benefits of Oracle's Environmental Accounting & Reporting modules for Oracle E-Business Suite and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne.

Monday Dec 05, 2011

Responding to the Changing Needs of Businesses

Oracle’s Nigel King, Vice President, Oracle Applications Strategy recently did an interview that focused on “Responding to the Changing Needs of Businesses”. It was with COP 17 Climate Change magazine. In this interview, Nigel King discussed solutions that integrate corporate strategy with sustainability. As more customers are beginning to include environmental policy in their overall corporate strategy, King discusses Oracle’s products and services that can help customers in the monitoring and execution of that strategy. It’s an interesting read.

Tuesday Nov 22, 2011

Ovum Note: “Oracle's New Emphasis on Sustainability Changes the Playing Field”

Ovum recently published a note from their participation at Oracle Open World titled "Oracle's New Emphasis on Sustainability Changes the Playing Field". Additional information and a link to the report can be found here on the Sustainability Analyst Relations blog.

Wednesday Nov 16, 2011

Five Things Learned at the BSR Conference in San Francisco on Nov 2nd-4th

The BSR Conference 2011—“Redefining Leadership”—held from Nov 2nd to Nov 4th in San Francisco, with Oracle as one of the main sponsors, saw senior business executives, civil society representatives, and other experts from around the world gathering to share strategies and insights on the future of sustainability. The general conference sessions kicked off on November 2nd with a plenary address by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. Other sessions were presented by CEOs of the caliber of Carl Bass (Autodesk), Brian Dunn (Best Buy), Carlos Brito (Anheuser-Busch InBev) and Ofra Strauss (Strauss Group). Here are five key highlights from the conference:

1.      The main leadership challenge is integrating sustainability into core business functions and overcoming short-termism. The “BSR GlobeScan State of Sustainable Business Poll 2011” - a survey of nearly 500 business leaders from 300 member companies - shows that 84% of respondents are optimistic that global businesses will embrace CSR/sustainability as part of their core strategies and operations in the next five years but consider integrating sustainability into their core business functions the key challenge. It is still difficult for many companies that are committed to the sustainability agenda to find investors that understand the long-term implications and as Al Gore said “Many companies are given the signal by the investors that it is the short term results that matter and that is a terribly debilitating force in the market.”

2.      Companies are required to address increasing compliance requirements and transparency in their supply chain, especially in relation with conflict minerals legislation and water management. The Dodd-Frank legislation, OECD guidelines, and the upcoming Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules require companies to monitor upstream the sourcing of tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold, but given the complexity of this issue companies need to collaborate and partner with peer companies in their industry as well as in other industries to understand how to address conflict minerals in their supply chains. The Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs’ (IPE) China Water Pollution Map enables the public to access thousands of environmental quality, discharge, and infraction records released by various government agencies. Empowered with this information, the public has the opportunity to place greater pressure on polluting companies to comply with environmental standards and create solutions to improve their performance.

3.      A new standard for reporting on supply chain greenhouse gas emissions is available. The New “Scope 3” Supply Chain Greenhouse Gas Inventory Standard, released on October 4th 2011, is the only international greenhouse gas emissions standard that accounts for the full lifecycle of a company’s products. It provides a framework for companies to account for indirect emissions outside of energy use, such as transportation, manufacturing, and distribution, and it incorporates both upstream and downstream impacts of a product. With key investors now listing supplier vulnerability to rising energy prices and disruptions of service as a key concern, greenhouse gas (GHG) management isn’t just for leading companies but a necessity for any business.

4.      Environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) reporting is becoming increasingly important to investors and other stakeholders. While European investors have traditionally driven the ESG agenda, U.S. investors are increasingly including ESG data in their analyses. This trend will likely increase as stakeholders continue to demand that an ESG lens be applied to their investments. Investors are increasingly looking to partner on sustainability, as they see the benefits of ESG providing significant returns on investment.

5.      Software companies are offering an increasing variety of solutions to help drive changes and measure performance internally, in supply chains, and across peer companies. The significant challenge is how to integrate different software systems to facilitate decision-making based on a holistic understanding of trade-offs. Jon Chorley, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President, Supply Chain Management Product Strategy at Oracle was a panelist in the “Trends in Sustainability Software” session and commented that, “How we think about our business decisions really comes down to how we think about cost. And as long as we don’t assign a cost to things that have an environmental impact or social impact, then we make decisions based on incomplete information. If we could include that in the process that determines ‘Is this product profitable? we would then have a much better decision.”

For more information on BSR visit www.brs.org. You can also view highlights of the plenary session at http://www.bsr.org/en/bsr-conference/session-summaries/2011. Oracle is proud to be a sponsor of this BSR conference.

By Elena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Manager, Oracle

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday Oct 18, 2011

Environmental Reporting Webcast: Replay Now Available

Chris Mines from Forrester Research joined us for a really informative webcast last week. Chris outlined some of the key trends he is seeing in the market place from an energy and carbon management perspective. He shared some insights on some of the key drivers, value propositions, and challenges based on the research that Forrester has conducted.

He ended with the following key takeaways:

  • Resource consumption and carbon emissions are the newest corporate assets (and liabilities) that IT systems will track.
  • Enterprise carbon and energy management (ECEM) software will become the corporate system of record for managing sustainability metrics.
  • Corporate finance and operations executives will emerge as the key influencers for ECEM purchasing; enterprise software companies will be the dominant suppliers.

You can listen to the replay in full here or download the presentation material here.

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