Thanks to Elizabeth Donley of Donley Technology who has been in touch to take issue with GBN's recent claim that "BI systems that enable business wide reporting on environmental performance indicators are all but non existent".
She claims that while there is indeed a need for wider adoption of environmental reporting software there are already many of these systems available.
The fact that over 4,000 environmental monitoring products exist covering everything from air and water quality monitoring software to environmental and waste auditing suites suggests that claims that such reporting toolsets are "all but non-existent" were indeed something of an exaggeration.
According to Donley, "Some of these systems were developed specifically for environmental performance management. Others were originally developed for another purpose (for example, meeting ISO environmental management standards, incident tracking, regulatory compliance, risk analysis, etc.) and have been improved to include environmental performance management. They are often based on complex environmental, health and safety data management and reporting systems – providing a true measure of emissions and other environmental indicators."
However, while I haven’t seen Donley's directory I would predict that the bulk of these systems come from small point solution providers who will not always have the scale to satisfy enterprise class customers and are unlikely to be capable of providing a fully integrated software package that will offer executives a constant and comprehensive overview of their firms' environmental performance.
Until major application software vendors such as Oracle, SAP and Microsoft, and BI specialists such as SAS, Cognos and Business Objects start adding these types of environmental reporting solutions to their portfolios green BI systems will sadly remain a relatively rare deployment for large firms.
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