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The EHS and Sustainability Software Market Grows Up

Market Growth

The environment, health, and safety (EHS) and sustainability software market is maturing as it reaches the 30-year mark. The industry began with a few small software applications used by a handful of EHS professionals—with little or no data sharing. Today, it is a multi-billion-dollar market with thousands of applications ranging from point solutions to enterprise-capable, Web-based solutions–and plenty of applications in between.

I have observed increased spending on EHS and
sustainability software over the last few years…

Even with consolidation, prospective buyers have a choice of many solutions aimed at different industry sectors, some capable of supporting a global, enterprise-wide deployments and others designed to address a specific issue, such as greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting. As a result, savvy buyers seek professional guidance when selecting and implementing an EHS and Sustainability solution; their solution may include more than one software application to meet current needs while allowing for future growth.

Click here to read about transformation over the years, market needs and vendor offerings, market consolidation and market growth.

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Work in the Cloud removes some operating systems barriers

IBM Cloud Computing

IBM Cloud Computing (Photo credit: IvanWalsh.com)

A little over two years ago I paid about $999 for a state-of-the-art Windows desktop with a small footprint, plenty of speed and a huge hard drive. When it failed just past the two-year warranty mark, I tried to replace the hard drive–but the hard drive was not the problem. My attempt to salvage the computer was fruitless, and the computer was essentially worth nothing. I took it to the recycling counter at my local big box store and received nothing in return, not even a $10 gift card!

This seems like an awful short life for a name-brand computer from a company that used to have a good reputation. My current notebook computer of the same brand had a “blue screen of death” issue when the unit was only three months old. And it has had intermittent startup problems ever since. I do not expect the notebook to last much longer.

In a recent meeting, I was asked if I was planning to switch to Microsoft Windows 8. My reply, after these two recent issues–which may or may not be related to software–was this:

I am getting close to where my work does not require a Windows-based system. I expect that my next computer will be a Mac.

This should become a reality soon. Some of my clients use Google Docs and GMail or Microsoft Office 365 in the Cloud. These are accessible from essentially any device with an internet browser, and your information resides in the Cloud. These and other options like OpenOffice.org  and Zoho remove some of “frills” or “bloat” from the desktop software counterparts and allow easy document sharing and collaboration 24/7.

If everything were operating system-neutral, then operating system does not matter. Form and function rule the day. It is some of the more specialized software programs that are available only as a Windows desktop client that tie me to my Windows notebook device.

Maybe the short life span of  my Windows devices will encourage me to try some of the other options available, at the same time allowing me to leave my computer at the office and use a tablet instead.

Should you have old computer equipment, repurpose or recycle it; you should not leave it in the dumpster or set it out on the curb on trash day, or stash in a computer “boneyard.” For ideas on what to do with old computing equipment, click here.