Despite impressive growth of environmental and sustainability management industry, some troubling trends persist within the industry.
Most notably is the industry’s failure to embrace the information management cloud revolution.
Not adopting the latest technologies for storing, distributing, and managing information increases costs and delays the implementation of cost-saving resource management initiatives and management of climate change information, which are necessary to better understand the causes of climate change phenomena.
The way companies with environmental liabilities manage and store their environmental information and data stands in marked contrast to the model they have adopted for all their other key data.
Historically, companies have used narrowly focused applications built on spreadsheets and client/server databases to serve the complex software requirements of this market. Today’s landscape of available technology options has consolidated; new and better options exist.
While planned IT spending on environmental software is rising, organizations are still struggling to identify software that can scale. They are also looking for service providers that can support environmental information management in the manner to which they’ve become accustomed with other enterprise initiatives and enterprise software, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), and supply chain management (SCM).
Why is this the case?