Hype Cycle for Sustainability and Green IT, 2012


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Sustainability and green IT remain important and evolving issues for business and IT leaders. A wide spectrum of technologies and capabilities are developing that organizations can employ to improve energy efficiency and sustainability performance, delivering significant business value.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • What You Need to Know
    • The Hype Cycle
      • The Technologies Enabling or Driving Sustainability Performance Are Diverse
      • The Technologies That Move the Fastest Most Directly Influence Performance
      • Expect a Change of Balance Between Technologies for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
      • Mostly, the Limitations Are Not Technological
      • IT Needs to Deliver on Its Potential to Cut GHG Emissions and Improve Sustainability-Related Performance
      • Consolidation Through Mergers and Acquisitions (M&As) Will Pick Up Pace
      • A Vibrant Service Sector Is a Key Enabler to Enterprise Performance and Market Growth
      • Resource Monitoring and Efficiency Continue to Be Key Drivers
      • Green IT Hyperbole Diminishes, but Much Still to Be Done
      • What's New on the Hype Cycle?
    • The Priority Matrix
      • Green IT
      • Sustainability
    • Off the Hype Cycle
    • On the Rise
      • Transportation: Carbon Accounting
      • Sustainability Consulting Services
      • Hydrogen Economy
      • Sustainable Performance Management
      • Sustainable Sourcing and Procurement
      • Internet of Things
    • At the Peak
      • Home Energy Management/Consumer Energy Management
      • Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries
      • Silicon Anode Batteries
      • Extreme Low-Energy Servers
      • Facilities Energy Management
      • Building-Integrated PV Solar
      • Consumer Energy Storage
      • Gamification
      • Sustainability Business Operations Consulting Services
      • Intelligent Lighting
      • Smart Appliances
      • Social Media for Utilities
      • Water Management
      • 3D Printing
      • Life Cycle Assessment Tools
      • Operations Intelligence
      • Carbon Capture and Sequestration
      • Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles/Electric Vehicles
      • VM Energy Management Tools
      • Emissions Position Management
      • Enterprisewide Carbon and Energy Management Software
      • Thermal/Concentrating Solar Power
      • CSR Reporting
      • Nanomaterial Supercapacitors
      • Solar Power Mobile Devices
    • Sliding Into the Trough
      • Combined Heat and Power
      • Ecolabeling, Footprinting and Sustainability Certification
      • Integrated and Open Building Automation and Control Systems
      • Cloud Computing
      • Sustainable Design PLM
      • Advanced Server Energy Monitoring Tools
      • Video Visits
      • E-Waste (U.S. State-Level Regulations)
      • Data Center Infrastructure Management Tools
      • Regulatory Compliance Functionality Within PLM
      • Energy Efficient Ethernet (802.3az)
      • Carbon Markets
      • Electric Vehicles
      • Home Health Monitoring
      • Micro Fuel Cells
      • Energy Management in Manufacturing
      • Hosted Virtual Desktops
      • Process Control and Automation
      • Fuel Cells
      • Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles
    • Climbing the Slope
      • Data Deduplication
      • Environmental Monitoring and Control
      • Electronic Paper
      • Video Telepresence
      • Unified Communications and Collaboration
      • Work at Home
      • Photovoltaic Generation
      • Unified Communications
      • AMOLED
      • Hybrid Electric Vehicles
      • Managed Print Services
      • Thin Provisioning
    • Entering the Plateau
      • Process Data Historians
      • Enterprise Content Management Suites
      • Solid-Ink Print Devices
      • Fleet Routing and Scheduling
      • Location-Aware Applications
    • Appendixes
      • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels
  • Recommended Reading
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