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For some, going green means going out of the way to do good. For others, going green is a by-product of doing right by the business.

Rebecca Newell of SAP effectively illustrates the latter point in her article in the October issue of SAPinsider.  Her article, “Realizing the Environmental and Financial Value of Green IT,” points out that going green in IT benefits the environment, and sends dollars right back to the company – and, typically, the IT department.

Anyone looking to justify a green IT initiative should have this article handy, if only for her chart that very simply illustrates how system decommissioning, reducing document printing costs, cutting paper filing and storage and reducing data storage costs can save millions of dollars, hundreds of trees and keep hundreds of thousands of pounds of CO2 out of the atmosphere for a large company.

At Dolphin, we can confirm Newell’s analysis. Just looking at accounts payable processes, we’ve found that companies can improve operational productivity in the range of 30–80% and reduce cost per invoice by 40-60% while reducing waste generated in the process.

What do you think? What is the impact of green programs in your IT department?

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