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Earth Day: Green business applications

Today, the question is not “Should we go green?” It is “What are some ways we can do that?”
  • Should I focus on the data center, which does account for Carbon emissions? Improve server efficiency? Power off unused equipment?
  • Or should I use software such as collaboration applications to reduce commuting and travel?
  • How about specialized software such as those that help shift workloads to underutilized servers to reduce energy and floor space needs?
All the above are good ways to go green. There’s more. For example . . .

. . . do we architect the application itself for efficiency? Applications architected with a business process focus have delivered 100% to 200% productivity gains. Here’s what my observation/research of around 500 Global IT initiatives has shown … Enterprises not only miss such efficiencies, they also miss the opportunity to optimize business processes (every app development initiative is a great opportunity to look at business process efficiencies). Even worse … when they reengineer an application, enterprises carry “technological fossils” from one generation of the application to the next.

The call for business process centric app development is not new … Forrester Research founder George F. Colony did it in his 2002 article “Naked Technology.” And his call was based on tech-spend analysis of Global 3,500 companies.

First posted in WordPress on April 22, 2009


  1. AnonymousJuly 14, 2009

    This is a copy/paste of a reader's comment on this post that I first placed in WordPress.

    "Applications architected with a business processes are built from the business user’s perspective and the IT requirements are held as meta-data in context with the activities the users perform. The business processes (not the requirement specification as such) are the ‘single source of the truth’ available to both the business users and IT organisation.

    Changes from either group should only be made with electronic authorisation from the other, and as the project progresses sign-offs and reviews are made to the processes." - John Santhosh (Nimbus India - Country Manager)


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