BSM: A Rewarding First Step

By Chris Rixon  |  Posted 2009-11-02 Print this article Print

BSM: A rewarding first step

The first step requires minimal capital investment, yet it delivers a huge payback in energy conservation. It's a holistic approach that addresses green IT within the broader context of increasing business service efficiency.

The approach is based on Business Service Management (BSM) or managing IT based on business priorities. Business service efficiency strives to achieve a balanced set of outcomes that include financial gains, operational yields and environmental benefits.

The first step is to understand the capacity you have, what it is costing, and what value it contributes to the business. This information enables you to discover not only unused capacity, but you can also discover capacity that is being used but that contributes no business value.

Solutions are available to help you in this quest. With the insight such solutions allow, you can take a simple step to use capacity more efficiently. You simply identify any piece of equipment that is consuming energy but providing no useful services. Then, just turn it off. Like many other IT professionals, you'll be amazed at how many of those devices are hiding in your IT infrastructure.

Chris Rixon is Director of Field Marketing EMEA at BMC Software. Chris has 18 years of experience in IT and has held a variety of roles in systems development, architecture, sales and marketing. In the last eight years, his focus has been on IT systems management technologies and their role in making technology infrastructure more stable, agile and efficient. Chris also addresses issues related to green IT and business service management, discussing the impact of these topics on IT and business. He can be reached at

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