If there's any silver lining to the past few years of a tough economy, it's that organizations have learned firsthand the benefits of embracing greener, more efficient practices to cut costs, rather than outright eliminating valuable services. In fact, a new study conducted by O'Keefe and Company and sponsored by CDW-G has found that organizations can reap even greater returns on their sustainable IT investments by reinvesting savings into additional green-tech implementations.
Titled "The Efficient Agency," the report found that local and state government agencies throughout the United States realized returns from 134 percent to 269 percent on investments in server virtualization, document management, storage virtualization, and cloud computing. What's more, the survey found that by implementing the technologies in that order, organizations could use the savings generated by server virtualization to fund almost all of the remaining three technologies.
According to the report, 93 percent of the 303 respondents said their agencies have invested in server virtualization, with the average investment being $289,512, which in turn would reap savings of $406,386, a 140 percent return. Those savings could be invested in document management solutions -- embraced by 82 percent of organizations -- at an average costs of $495,926; the savings averaged to $688,493, a 139 percent return. Eighty percent of the surveyed agencies have implemented storage virtualization at an average upfront cost of $213,336. Expected lifetime savings here total $285,122, for a return of 134 percent. Finally, 51 percent of the respondents have turned to cloud computing, spending an average of $110,022 with average savings of around $296,427, for a return of around 269 percent.