SAP announces its planned acquisition of Clear Standards, which designs applications for measuring greenhouse gas emissions. The release of green IT programs for the enterprise has been an increasing focus for a number of companies, including Microsoft, as businesses begin to watch their carbon footprints and energy costs more closely.
announced on May 11 that it intends for an undisclosed sum to purchase Clear
Standards, a company that designs applications for measuring greenhouse gas
emissions. If everything goes according to plan, the acquisition will be
completed in June 2009.
The applications designed by Clear Standards fit into a current trend,
followed by a number of other IT companies in the space, of producing programs
that both measure and help mitigate an organization's carbon footprint.
The purchase "will accelerate our vision [of] deliver[ing] a complete
set of solutions to enable end-to-end sustainable business," Leo
Apotheker, co-CEO of SAP,
said in a statement.
According to SAP, Clear Standards
"helps organizations accurately measure, optimize and report greenhouse
gas ... emissions and other environmental impacts across internal
operations." Its programs are delivered via a Web-based on-demand delivery
model, which SAP plans to integrate so as to
tap into the data stored by SAP Business
Suite 7 and the SAP Environment, Health and
Safety Management application.
In addition to GHG emissions, Clear Standards software also measures and
reports on the environmental impact of companies' waste and water consumption.
Despite the global recession, SAP has
been busily rolling out a number of enterprise-oriented programs, including SAP
Business Suite 7, generally available to worldwide customers as of May 5.
SAP Business Suite 7 features a modular
software library with SAP ERP, SAP
Customer Relationship Management, SAP
Supplier Relationship Management, and SAP
Supply Chain Management. The new capabilities allow customers to deploy certain
modules without necessarily needing to upgrade the entire platform, an option
that appeals to businesses' desire to save money.
The Suite also includes 2,800 enterprise services and a built-in solution
manager that allows administrators to implement content changes to its
Other companies have moved into the green IT space in an aggressive way. In
February 2009, Microsoft
released the Environmental Sustainability Dashboard for Microsoft Dynamics AX,
which allows executives and IT administrators to reduce their companies' carbon
footprint and energy costs via a user-friendly dashboard.