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Sustainability (Green IT) is the practice of managing the IT asset lifecycle in a way that minimizes energy and resource consumption as well as waste. The SAP approach to Green IT is based on the following three pillars:

> Energy – Focus on reducing energy consumption and through IT asset consolidation

> E-waste – Focus on minimizing waste through sustainable sourcing, recycling and preventing contamination through careful salvaging techniques

> Dematerialization – Focus on substituting high carbon products and activities with low carbon alternatives like video conferencing …

SAP takes on this challenge by offering:

> Services to help reduce the footprint from products in use by extending our portfolio of services 

> Technology partners offering the most energy-efficient hardware to ensure that the hardware will be optimized to run SAP solutions in the most efficient way. In addition, SAP is driving a benchmarking initiative together with its technology partners to agree on a common methodology for measuring power consumption, enabling customers to choose the most energy-efficient hardware set-up. 

> Software designed for energy efficiency to ensure that SAP software easily leverages innovative optimization technologies like virtualization and uses less computing resources.

We need your help on Sustainability to set the priorities right. In this survey we would like to get your feedback, expectations and requirements for this approach and offering from an architecture perspective to support business processes spanning across on-demand and on-premise applications.

 

I kindly ask you to take a few minutes to complete the survey and take the opportunity to influence SAP’s product strategy and its resulting Networked Solutions (NWS) architecture.

 

Sustainability (Green IT)” is one important NWS Quality

Many companies today use cloud and mobile applications, thereby extending their IT landscapes beyond their firewalls to collaborate with subsidiaries, partners, suppliers and customers. These trends increase the complexity and heterogeneity of IT landscapes.

SAP does not only support its customers in these areas by broadening its portfolio to on-demand and on-device solutions; we also put a special focus on the integration of these new offerings into existing landscapes and to overcome the challenges of orchestrating hybrid landscapes along end-to-end business processes. The challenge is to make applications and technology components fit together and behave as a single solution. Recognizing this, SAP has established the Networked Solutions (NWS) architecture program with the goal of creating a single architecture blueprint that defines how SAP and non-SAP solutions behave as one and fit together to support end to end business processes across heterogeneous IT landscapes for existing and new offerings.

NWS Qualities define the non-functional capabilities, coherence and interoperability and serve as the baseline for a consistent NWS architecture.

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