2008 IBM Chairman's Environmental Award recipient
22 Apr 2009 -- IBM Chairman Samuel J. Palmisano announced today that the company's Global Technology Services (GTS) organization is the recipient of the 2008 Chairman's Environmental Award. IBM established this recognition program in 1991 to encourage leadership and recognize achievement and progress in environmental affairs on the part of IBM's organizations. Similar to the past two years, the Award program for 2008 focused on energy conservation and energy efficiency across IBM's operations, products and services.
With most data centers built before the dot.com era and now technically obsolete, GTS has quickly moved to fill a new customer need to evaluate and extend existing IT, while deploying more efficient future IT -- with better controls, at lower cost and with less environmental impact. Through hands-on experience in numerous client engagements, GTS has developed a deep understanding of how to design energy and environmental infrastructures unique to IBM's clients' specific needs. The organization has driven significant results with its keen focus on energy efficient operations and newly expanded portfolio of services to benefit its clients with energy conservation and sustainability needs. The following are examples of some of the GTS service offerings and the benefits they can provide to clients:
GTS owns or manages the largest portfolio of data centers in the world. The organization's leadership in improving IBM's IT alone has created numerous efficient IBM data centers that have saved money, reduced energy consumption and increased utilization. Some examples:
Issues and opportunities around energy, the environment, and sustainability impact every individual and every business worldwide. GTS is addressing these with a business process strategy enabled and executed through the application of technology. With 47% of clients planning to use professional services to implement cost savings from "green", GTS is positioned to continue its market leadership.
Chairman's Environmental Award recipients are selected based on their degree of leadership, results, innovation and integration with regard to their programs and initiatives in the areas of energy conservation and energy efficiency. Performance against these criteria was evaluated against each nominee's opportunity to contribute given its mission and operations. The company is proud of the outstanding contributions all the nominees have made toward IBM's energy conservation and energy efficiency objectives.