Knowledge management (KM) is intrinsically green in many respects. Imaging and document management applications reduce the amount of paper required for business processes, and collaboration technology lets people work together without traveling. The cost-saving efficiencies that KM fosters often have a beneficial environmental effect as one of their by-products. KM solutions and techniques can also be used directly in support of sustainability initiatives. Poste Italiane (posteitaliane.it), the Italian national postal service, took on the challenge of reducing its energy costs a number of years ago. Already a user of some business intelligence solutions from SAS (sas.com), Poste Italiane opted to use SAS to support its energy-saving initiatives. As a result of monitoring and modifying its use of energy, Poste Italiane has reduced its energy consumption by an average of 7%. In addition, SAS for Sustainability Management allows organizations to model their carbon footprint. In the long run, companies should incorporate sustainability into their strategic planning.
By Judith Lamont, KMWorld senior writer KM supports green initiatives worldwide nowledge management is intrinsically “One reason we s
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