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How do SAP systems positively affect sustainability?
Jakarta is a victim of climate change, the fault of humans the world over but it’s also a victim of its own policies Income inequality in OECD countries is at its highest level for the past half century. The average income of the richest 10% of the population is about nine times that of the poorest 10% across the OECD, up from seven times 25 years ago. The damage we give to the environment and the economy is increasing day by day. Solving today's greatest challenges requires us to act, whether in the economic, technological, social or educational sphere. Because all our actions are interdependent.
Digital Transformation and sustainability are two of the most powerful drivers for the future of business. And to harness these drivers, what business leaders need to do is ensure a seamless integration of Digital Transformation and sustainability. Whether it is the use of sustainable sources of raw material, using cleaner and renewable sources of energy in factories and data centres, agile supply chains, or articulating a clear vision of embracing sustainability and corporate responsibility beyond profit, business leaders must have a clear roadmap for their companies.
If you’ve followed current events at all in recent years, you know the Paris climate agreement and accords like it represent collective milestones toward a cleaner and more stable planet. Targeting sustainability in a company’s IT deployment and its digital processes might sound like an unusual place to begin when pursuing the sweeping change recent climate treaties propose.
So what does digital sustainability look like, in practice?
When it comes to sustainability, IoT can save considerable time and costs. Smart HVAC systems can optimize performance across a building’s physical environmental controls, turn on and off according to occupancy or interface with company or personal schedules. The idea that digital technologies are becoming permanently entwined with mechanical systems and stationary infrastructure means companies are increasingly building from the ground up with cyber-physical systems already in mind.
Hobbyists everywhere are discovering the delights of 3D printing and additive manufacturing. But in business and big industry, the implications are even more exciting. The good news is, additive manufacturing effectively localizes the fabrication process, which means up to 5 percent savings in CO2 emissions from freight and material handling processes alone.
The residential and commercial electric grids of the near future will be highly distributed and therefore much more resilient and reliable . Using Blockchain can create community-based, “virtual” power plants that can monitor supply and demand in real time and more efficiently balance power distribution.
Bringing blockchain, IoT and smart metering to the commercial electric grid could reduce industry’s use of electricity by 6.3 billion megawatt hours, and its CO2 emissions by 1.8 gigatons, by 2030. Of course, starting simple helps too: Merely upgrading your appliances and equipment to Energy Star-rated models can yield significant savings after the initial investment.
There’s another significant opportunity worth mentioning when it comes to digital sustainability in business.Companies use Big Data to better understand how consumers interact with their aftermarket products. Using the data obtained from secondary markets, companies can make decisions such as extending the life of their electronic devices more easily. In this way, it expands the company-customer relationship and provides new revenue streams.
Technology will help them achieve this with intelligent and highly agile digital supply chains that predict and respond to changes in the ecosystem to quickly capitalize on new opportunities and break down old barriers. Becoming a digital organization means not only having digital products and services, but also powering core business processes and operations with technology. This often includes tectonic changes to tasks in a company and to the ways colleagues interact within the whole ecosystem.
And just like a business cannot digitally transform unless – or until – its people transform. As global citizens, we not only have rights, we also have responsibilities and obligations.It is up to all of us to use technological advancements to tackle the world’s greatest challenges and turn them into our biggest opportunities.For this reason, we must train your employees and ourselves for a better future.