A new report from AltaTerra
Research presents a comprehensive, six-level information reference architecture
for enterprise sustainability, and profiles nineteen leading solutions in a
rapidly growing market.
PALO ALTO, California, June
16, 2011 – AltaTerra Research announced the release of its highly anticipated
report today, entitled,"Enterprise Sustainability Management Solutions:
Reference Architecture and Buyers Guide.” This solution research report
describes key market drivers and trends, new operating processes and practices
for Enterprise Sustainability Management (ESM), customer needs and segmentation,
software vendor capabilities and profiles, and recommendations for implementing
an effective enterprise IT architecture for sustainability.
Organizations around the
world are elevating resource efficiency and sustainability from a tactical to a
strategic concern, and they are moving aggressively to improve environmental
performance in facilities, processes and products. For many, this has meant new
information management challenges, related to energy and water use, solid
waste, toxic materials, carbon emissions, and other factors.
management requires new types of information not previously tracked—e.g.
details of energy and water use, product environmental attribute data, and GHG
emissions. Furthermore, for IT, sustainability represents an expanded
organizational paradigm, requiring approaches that span traditional boundaries
between enterprise systems and facilities systems, design systems, suppliers,
In the rapidly growing
market for Enterprise Sustainability Management software and services, there is
no "one size fits all” solution. Establishing an effective information
architecture means taking a comprehensive view of sustainability, and putting
in place capabilities that serve the organization’s highest-value needs.
This report presents a clear,
six-level reference architecture defining and classifying essential capabilities
supporting sustainability—from the enterprise level down to the device level. Offerings
from nineteen key ESM solution providers are profiled and analyzed, relative tonineteen
specific capabilities described in the top three levels of the reference
architecture. Leading providers are identified in four distinct market
segments. And recommendations are made, for how organizations can begin to establish
effective enterprise architectures for sustainability.
"We saw a critical need to
develop an information reference architecture for the sustainable enterprise,
that spans critical capabilities across IT and facilities systems, from the
board room to the HVAC sensor, and considers upstream suppliers, internal
operations, and downstream customers. This architecture enables us to
articulate what new capabilities are necessary for sustainability management
and operations, where vendors offer solutions, and what different customer
market segments need,” said the report’s lead author and AltaTerra president,
Sample findings include:
- Over the
past few years, sustainability thinking has shifted away from a carbon focus to
a concern with general sustainability and energy savings, notably in the US
- For many
organizations, a combination of powerful market forces has elevated
sustainability to a strategic level, with immediate implications for
operations, products, and brand value.
in sustainability requires organizations to adopt a broad range of new
processes, practices and information management capabilities.
requires new types of information not historically tracked in many
organizations – e.g. details of energy and water use, product environmental
attribute data, GHG emissions.
- For IT,
sustainability represents a new organizational paradigm, requiring solutions
that span traditional boundaries between enterprise systems and facilities,
suppliers, and customers.
- The ESM solutions
market is growing rapidly, from 30-100+%, depending on capability sets; it
features a range of established players and new entrants, and both broad and
management requirements can be segmented based on an organization’s industry
and operational characteristics; ESM
solution providers CA, Enablon, EnerNOC, Enviance, Hara, IHS, SAP, Tririga/IBM
and Verisae lead in one or more of four distinct market segments.
- To efficiently meet new,
cross-organizational requirements for sustainability management, IT must
carefully map and integrate existing IT assets with prospective/new ESM
Sample figures include:
Figure 0.1. Scope of Sustainable Enterprise Information Systems
Figure 4.2.1 AltaTerra Information Reference Architecture for the Sustainable
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AltaTerra Research is a research consultancy specializing in sustainable
business and the commercial marketplace for clean technology solutions. Through
research reports, online conferences and advisory services, AltaTerra helps
forward-looking organizations improve energy efficiency and environmental
performance in their operations and capitalize on new 'green' market
opportunities. From our headquarters in Silicon Valley, we have been serving a
global base of major corporations, government entities, institutions, and
clean-technology growth companies since 2007. More information is available
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