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September 2012 Volume 15

Will analytic cloud tools make CIOs into energy efficiency czars?

Should CIOs be the drivers of energy efficiency for the business? There are some who believe it's getting easier to answer yes. With the emergence of cloud tools aimed at collecting and analyzing energy information, CIOs' familiarity with working with data could uniquely position them to take the lead on energy efficiency. [IT] was at the table right from the beginning [on energy efficiency and sustainability]. Ravi Ravishanker, CIO, Wellesley College That, at least, was the underlying message from energy industry innovators and local IT leaders at a recent Mass Technology Leadership Council Inc. (MassTLC) seminar exploring the potential of cloud tools to meet the challenges of energy efficiency analysis. This call to arms is not exactly new. In 2008 the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, or NASCIO, made waves when it declared that CIOs need to be leaders in efficiency. As MassTLC panel member Ravi Ravishanker pointed out, CIOs have been deep into energy efficiency for years in order to develop more ...

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