There was a time not long ago that organizations felt they had a choice in regard to digital transformation – they could dive in, or just wait it out and see what happened. That time has come and gone. Digital transformation is no longer optional.
When enough companies transition to the technologies and processes that make up “digital,” experts believe there will also be a positive impact on the Earth. The toxic emissions created through industrial processes have wrecked the planet, and there is a new focus on righting old wrongs. Can digital transformation make a difference?
Cutting the Paper Trail
We can start by looking at the waste businesses create by using paper. We know that utilizing cloud storage has cut back on paper waste drastically. The space, energy, and money once used to store files and then have them securely shredded are a thing of the past. Therefore, fewer trees are needed for paper production.
Thanks to the internet and mobile technology, more people are afforded the opportunity to work from home. This means they’re not utilizing public transport or their cars to get to and from work, which results in fewer carbon emissions.
Furthermore, with less people taking up space in offices, the overhead that comes with office space is reduced. This includes energy used to heat and cool the facility.
Digital transformation has also taken over the way we heat, cool, and light our buildings. Lights in sparingly used stairwells remain off until a sensor senses someone has entered the stairwell. Smart thermostats will “remember” settings throughout the day and automatically go up or down.
Data centers, which are massive energy consumers, are becoming smarter. For example, by using automation and machine learning, Google has cut its data center energy bill by 40 percent. Apple is also getting into the game by utilizing improved solar power solutions at one of its new data centers to save energy.
Not every company is going to be focused on saving the planet by going through a digital transformation. However, that’s only one side effect. Staying relevant in your industry means improving the processes and technology you use every day.
At Enterprise Visions, we can assist you in your digital transformation. Contact us today to discuss how to make the transformation seamless.