Geoff Penney, a former Schwab CIO, once told me that as bad as IT gets on the worst day, "it beats shoveling coal with your bare hands." That's true, and it should also beat working in almost any engine room -- if you're doing your job right.
Shocking stats dept.
Speaking of coal, a new report out from the Economist Intelligence Unit says that 42 percent of IT executives say their firms don't monitor their IT-related energy spending at all -- and an additional 9 percent aren't sure. Furthermore, 54 percent of those polled said their firms don't measure the environmental impact of their IT systems and policies.
The report concludes that most companies are simply paying lip service to green issues, and that power consumption is not a significant criterion right now in IT procurement. Too bad -- if you're the person responsible for the IT operating budget. Energy prices continue to rise, especially as the dollar falls.
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