INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY071SUMMARY The introduction of the Greening Government ICTStrategy is key if the UK is to get anywhere near itsGreening Government Commitments. The strategysets-out important criteria and targets for Governmentdepartments and ICT suppliers whilst creatingsignificant opportunities for the ICT industry aroundcloud computing, shared services and greentechnologies.The strategy is welcomed, however, it isimportant for Government not to view ICT in isolation.It needs to be remembered that ICT is a vital enablerof change and so should be measured in the context ofthe overall benefits that it is delivering. It is alsoimportant for ICT to form part of an overall carbonreduction strategy. Without an all-encompassing andholistic approach to greenhouse gas reductions,achieving the Government's 2015 emissions targetwill become impossible. nABOUT THE AUTHORDean Dickinsonis Managing Director (Public Sectorand Enterprise division) of Advanced BusinessSolutions, formerly COA Solutions. Mr Dickinson has been in the finance softwarebusiness since 1990 and was part of the seniormanagement team at QSP/Arelon prior to theacquisition by COA Solutions at which time hebecame Deputy Managing Director for the business as a whole. Since the acquisition of COASolutions by Advanced Computer Software Group in February 2010, he has become ManagingDirector (Public Sector and Enterprise) forAdvanced Business Solutions. He is a specialist inconsultancy and has a strong knowledge of business processes within a high volume/high value environment.
s governments worldwide preparelegislation to create a "cap and trade"market to limit greenhouse gas emissions,CLIMATE CHANGE The New Economy(CCTNE) speaks with Nigel King, Vice President, OracleApplications Strategy, about solutions that integratecorporate strategy with sustainability.CCTNE:When did you first become interested in thesustainability debate?Nigel King:It has been in the background for as long as Ican remember, but I think the "epiphany" for me wasthreefold. First, I came to understand that we are facingan urgent global problem. The concentration of carbondioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is approaching criticallevels, with the isotherm moving northward at the rate of35 miles per decade. NASA's climatology unit is tellingus we have to cap emissions by 2015 and get themmoving in the other direction. Then, I began to see howan externality for businesses started to creep back intothe enterprise. The externality is the cost of respondingto the climatic change. While the costs of extraction,refining, and transportation are built into the costs offuel, the costs of consuming the carbon capacity of theatmosphere are not. But this externality is beginning tobe reflected in "cap and trade" systems. But at last, Isaw this was a problem that, at a personal andprofessional level, I can do something about.CCTNE: Why is Oracle as a company getting interested inthis field?Nigel King:Our customers are beginning to weaveenvironmental policy into their overall corporatestrategy. Oracle's products and services are there toassist customers in the monitoring and execution of thatstrategy. Our products will evolve, but there are manycapabilities that can already support customers in theseefforts. For example, now that "cap and trade" isbecoming a reality in the United States, customers arethinking about how carbon should be reflected in theirresource planning system - and an application such asOracle Advanced Planning and Scheduling can assistwith that. If a resource is included on a bill of resources,the capacity constraints and differential costs betweenbeing inside or over your carbon cap can help youoptimise your production. I have been amazed to findthat our customers are already including carbonstatistics in their budgeting and reporting processes.CCTNE:But this reaches beyond carbon emissions,right? Are there other areas customers should address aspart of corporate sustainability strategy?Nigel King:Even the carbon emissions problem is multi-faceted. Energy security shook the world in 2007 andshould have brought home the real risk and businesscontinuity issue for the enterprise. But now there arealso market access issues in customers in your supplychain needing to know the carbon footprint of yourproducts. But yes, the debate is much wider thancarbon emissions and Oracle can bring more diverseRESPONDING TO THECHANGINGNEEDS OFBUSINESSESINFORMATION & COMMUNICATION 072TECHNOLOGYNIGEL KING, VICE PRESIDENT, ORACLE APPLICATIONS STRATEGY A