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Avoid 'Greenwashing' Hype: Five Keys to Selecting Effective Green Technologies

August 4, 2009

Sparxent Advises Environmental Technology Solutions that Deliver Measurable Eco-Friendly Results

LONDON (RPRN) 8/4/2009--As more IT managers seek ways to reduce the carbon footprint of their organizations, many are evaluating the myriad of both new and existing green technologies. Sparxent Corporation, through its Verismic Software subsidiary, offers five recommendations to help IT professionals avoid the hype of 'greenwashing' and identify promising technologies that can have a positive environmental impact.

Sparxent's recommendations include looking for green solutions which meet the following criteria:

1. Measurable eco-benefits. A number of technologies promise a reduction
in CO2 emissions or other green benefits, but customers often have no
way to actually measure the result. In any new market, there are
vendors willing to ride the hype and promise benefits that are hard to
quantify after implementation. Before making a purchasing decision,
don't just rely on vendor estimates. Be sure to ask the vendor how the
actual benefits will be measured and how you will be able to
demonstrate your investment return.
2. Simple to configure and manage. IT managers are acutely aware of the
need to keep administration overhead costs low and green solutions
should be no exception. Some green technologies can help reduce an
organization's carbon footprint, but require extensive resources to
manage. IT professionals should delve past the presentation layers to
identify technologies that are simple to configure and maintain over
time, as well as those which will be most compatible with the existing
infrastructure. The best solutions are often designed with automated
management features built into the product.
3. Purpose-built versus peripheral add-ons. Solutions designed and built
from the ground up with the goal of reducing an environmental impact
often perform at a higher level than products with green components
added as an afterthought. If a solution claims to address a number of
pain points for IT - including a reduced carbon footprint - buyers
should be suspicious. Field experience confirms that environmental
considerations should be the primary factors in product development to
ensure quality.
4. Technology versus vendor. Because this is an emerging new market,
solutions and their performance differ vastly between vendors. IT
managers should carefully evaluate the technology itself, understanding
there are many innovative solutions new to the market which can help
them achieve their eco-goals. Early innovations often come from
smaller, nimble entrants to the market since established companies may
be more complacent or approach with green technology as an
afterthought.

5. Existing products relabeled as "green." There are many technologies
which have been on the market for some time which are now being
marketed as green solutions (for example, teleconferencing.) These
repackaged technologies were developed to solve other problems and are
not truly designed to bring the most value to the overall goal of
reducing carbon footprint. While these products may provide benefits,
they are often more market-friendly than eco-friendly.

"The green IT industry has exploded in recent years and navigating these waters has become increasingly complex for IT professionals who are concerned about reducing carbon emissions," said Mark McGinn, managing director at Verismic. "We believe every vendor should ensure their products truly deliver both tangible and measureable benefits for the environment before they carry the green label. In addition, customers should be savvy in their selection criteria to maximize their eco-investments and avoid being 'greenwashed'."

Verismic Software is a wholly-owned Sparxent company, focused on developing solutions to extend systems management and service desk capabilities, including power management. Today, one billion PCs are in use worldwide, and Verismic estimates they emit the equivalent level of green house gases as 72 million cars on the road. Power management is the easiest way to lessen these CO2 emissions and Verismic is a proven leader in this market.

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About Sparxent

Sparxent is a leading technology and business solution provider focused exclusively on the middle market. By combining global best-of-breed capabilities with hands-on local professionals, Sparxent is a comprehensive and single source for IT consulting, software and services.

Source: Sparxent

CONTACT: Karl F. Stetson of Edelman, +1-206-268-2215,
Karl.Stetson@edelman.com, for Sparxent

Web Site: http://www.sparxent.com/

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