Green IT has become a bigger priority for businesses, according to the Corporate IT Forum, but it still lags well behind issues such as security, legacy software, data quality and server consolidation.
The Corporate IT Forum, a user organisation comprising representatives of 150 large organisations, said more than 80 percent of organisations have moved green IT further up their list of priorities, according to a survey it conducted to assess the interest in green computing issues within UK enterprises.
However, cost is seen as a crucial sticking point; there's evidence that organisations will be reluctant to implement green measures if it means that costs will rise. "As one manager said to us, 'if it saves us money, we'll do it: if it doesn’t we’ll think twice,' – that's a typical attitude," said Ian Campbell, speaking at the European Green IT Summit in London.
"We found that managers often struggled to present a sound business case – that was the biggest inhibitor," he added. The survey found that for 69 percent of managers, cost efficiency was the key to implementing greener policies and 51 percent of organisations used the implementation of such policies as an opportunity to save money.
Although green IT was listed only eighth in an IT manager’s priorities, Campbell pointed out that 10 or 20 years ago, it wouldn’t have featured on the list at all.