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Green Quadrant® Environmental Management Software names market leaders

Verdantix  named IHS, Enablon and SAP as the leaders in the enterprise environmental management software market in its report, Green Quadrant® Environmental Management Software (Global) 2012. Enviance, Locus Technologies and BSI group are in the second tier.

Verdantix defines environmental management software as

enterprise-scale software that enables firms to capture, analyse and report data, and manage performance across their assets on environmental indicators such as air, green house gases, water, waste and toxic chemicals.

The U.K.-based research firm used their proprietary methodology to evaluate the capabilities of 12 firms in 19 areas. Other findings of note:

  • Overall spending on environmental management software will increase over the next three years in 60% of companies with revenues of $1 billion or more.
  • Spending on sustainability will increase in 2012 vs. 2012 in nearly 60% of companies surveyed.
  • Greenhouse gas, hazardous waste and water top the list of customer’s monitoring requirements.
  • Automated task management, notifications and workflows are important.
  • Customers want to integrate/interface other data sources with their environmental management system.
  • Customers prefer to buy from large environmental/sustainability software firms.
  • Two-thirds prefer that the software firm or an engineering/sustainability consultant implement the software.

For more information, see the full report.

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The power of brands

Research firm Interbrand released its list of the best global brands for 2012. While it’s not a surprise to see Coca-Cola and Apple and the top of the list, I found it interesting that six of the top ten brands come from tech companies, as well as ten of the top twenty. Skimming through the list of 100, I was unfamiliar with only one brand.

Interbrand’s methodology looks at the ongoing investment and management of the brand as a business asset. Three key aspects that contribute to the assessment:

  • The financial performance of the branded products or services.
  • The role of brand in the purchase decision process.
  • The strength of the brand.

Photo: Interbrand

And the Top Ten Best Global Brands are…

  1. Coca-Cola
  2. Apple
  3. IBM
  4. Google
  5. Microsoft
  6. GE
  7. McDonald’s
  8. Intel
  9. Samsung
  10. Toyota

 


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Information overload is a way of life… do social technologies increase productivity?

Most knowledge workers spend way too much time on email. I know I do. Now, with social networking tools, I find myself reading blog posts at least one hour a day to keep up with IT and business issues. With me, it’s not so much an obsession as the need to have information as near “real time” as possible. Business was not like this fifteen years ago when the fastest technologies were the fax machine and overnight mail. Email and text messaging have put us into information overdrive.

In a June 2012 report on social networking tools and productivity, The McKinsey Global Institute found that knowledge workers spend 28 hours a week on emails, searching for information and collaborating internally. Many businesses are just starting to leverage social technologies for internal and external collaboration and to market and sell products and services. McKinsey also found that unlocking social technologies has the potential to improve knowledge worker productivity by 20-25 percent.


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Emerging tech trends

Today I attended a Gartner Webinar on the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2012:

  1. Media tablets and beyond
  2. Mobile-centric applications and interfaces
  3. Contextual and social user experience
  4. Internet of Things
  5. App stores and marketplaces
  6. Next-generation analytics
  7. Big data
  8. In-memory computing
  9. Extreme low-energy servers
  10. Cloud computing