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    Thursday
    May092013

    The Sustainability is Key to Business Intelligence

     

     

    Published May 9, 2013

    By Dr. Tyra Oldham

     

    In today's world business intelligence is key to discerning information in this big data world. Sustainability assists in data acquisition and analyses as the organization through constructed planning allows metrics to be established to identify gaps, constraints, risks and issues of importance.

    The construction of today's business world is dynamic, distributed and digitally invasive putting pressure on resources that are meaningfully managed within the company's carbon footprint. Sustainability is the process of clarified purpose for the aggregation of resources.

    LAND sds is passioned in delivering sustainability and Dr. Tyra Oldham seeks to discuss the importance of sustainability within your organization to assist in identifying the road to sustainability and the five steps to adoption. Sustainability supports the identification, development and implementation to manage the present  and future complexities presented.

    Contact LAND sds at land@landsds.com for an free appointment to discuss the importance of sustainability.

    Friday
    Mar222013

    Challenging Supply Chain to Be Sustainable

     

     

     

     

    By Dr. Tyra Oldham, LAND sds, March 22, 2013

     

    The efforts to understand supply chain are rooted in science but yet, an unequivocal truth is that education is key. The context is important to "Improving links between supply chain and sustainability" and yet education was overlooked by GreenBiz.

    The supply chain is rudimentary to efficiency, lean and quality controls. These factors are gained, measured and benchmarked by the facilitation of cross training, education and teaming to align goals, metrics and outcomes.

    "Get the right product to the right place at the right time. That is the mantra for supply chain operations. But as a profession, supply chain management has only been around for the past 30 years. Early adopters such as Wal-Mart and Dell were able to leverage supply chain expertise for competitive advantage. Will the same happen for sustainability?"

    "Managing corporate sustainability efforts is just now emerging as a profession (download our annual State of the Profession report to learn more). And yet in new research performed by GreenBiz Group and Supply Chain Insights, supply chain professionals indicated that sustainability teams had a better understanding of supply chain operations than the supply chain folks do of sustainability. In fact, 71 percent of supply chain respondents rated their sustainability peers as understanding their company’s supply chain goals while only 42 percent thought their supply chain team understood their corporate sustainability goals."

    GreenBiz "surveyed 35 sustainability professionals and 31 supply chain leaders from manufacturing, distribution and retail companies to uncover where the missing links are between corporate sustainability organizations and supply chain teams."

    "The challenges of supply chain sustainability goals is in managing the extended supply chain poses challenges when adding sustainability goals into the equation. The figure below highlights the challenges of meeting the twin goals of sustainability and supply chain. Cecere points out in the report that the past decade is riddled with the failures of the audit-based approach. Slowly, companies are gaining an understanding that supplier audits are not sufficient. Increasingly, the management of the supplier base is happening through principle-based programs. However, the implementation of this principle-based approach requires the redefinition of the procurement program and the building of a robust supplier development program to design, implement and train suppliers on the expectations."

    The missing link is training and providing sustainability education across all platforms for sustainability of the supply chain.  New processes, as well as green manufacturing  have made education necessary. The aggregate supply chain has to be accountable and able to have integrative discourse to design optimal solutions.   Yes, the research is clear but the missing factor is "education" which companies desire to push back and under budget. Technology along with increased demands on time, performance and production have made the need for cross training and education vital to a sustainable solution.

     

    To learn more about sustainability education contact ACF Enterprises.

    Wednesday
    Feb132013

    Green Clean Tech for Department of Energy

      

     

    Re-reported by Dr. Tyra Oldham, LAND sds, February 13, 2013

    Green and clean technologies are advancing solutions in energy.  “The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is beta-testing a new interactive Web site that could help with these decisions,” reports ZDNET in “Interactive tool analyzes corporate energy-efficiency scenarios.”

    “You can think of Building, Industry, Transportation, Electricity and Transportation Scenarios (aka BITES) as a what-if sort of application.”

    “It allows researchers, educators and operations managers to adjust their assumptions to account for things like the variable price of energy generation or transportation fuel use, which will give them an idea of how carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) or utility bills might be affected. So, a facilities manager could study how certain policies or new equipment might change the emissions at a particular site or consider the impact of product design choices.”

    Investment in green and clean tech offer tools in the support and development of energy metrics to builld solutions toward efficiencies.

    Friday
    Nov022012

    Loving Metrics Is A Sustainable Move

     

     

    By Dr. Tyra Oldham, November 2, 2012

     

    How does sustainability link to the subject of content, data and metrics? Guess what? What we measure and can identify is what will lead to innovation, resource optimization, continual improvement and cost savings.  Sustainability is about setting goals and measuring results. The confluence of technology, efficiency and sustainability leads to higher order goal setting for an optimized ecosystem. The Media Connection discussed "The 5 Metrics that really matter".

    Media Connection stated, "Since its inception, digital has been perceived as being the most measurable media. But most of that measurement has been meaningless. It's time digital marketers stopped talking about clicks and impressions and instead focused on what's important to marketers -- business results. This is pretty easy if you have an e-commerce site and can track direct online sales. But what do you do if you're part of the 94 percent of retail commerce that occurs offline?"

    Are you Ready for the Content Avalanche identified that, "There’s an important shift happening from the dominant way of expression (30-second advertisements or print ads that are limited in number and large in budget) to a multitude of content types all based on different kinds of experiences, different places where customers might go (communities or websites), different devices that they may be using for different kinds of purposes. Managing all of that becomes an explicit executive issue."

    We’ve seen in many companies that when they get their arms around that content supply chain, not only is there opportunity to become more cost-efficient but also there's a lot of value that can be created by looking very deliberately at which content should go where.

    The degree that we adopt technology at its best into the adoption of energy, efficiency, net zero applications and measuring that content not as clicks on a website but pure data for optimal thinking that leads to sustainble integration and then adoption is the new-new world. Businesses will determine that they cannot operate without managing the avalanche of data, content, social media and other forms of communication such as emails, documents, reports and more. We are a fragile society needing intelligence to support our efforts. As a management consultant with focus in technology and sustainability, I inspire the objective to identify, capture and determine the relevance in your data soup that is being pushed. 2013 will indeed be a year of mastery of information more than before.

    If you wish to know how contact LAND sds experts at land@landsds.com. We "THINK SUSTAINABLY".

    Friday
    Oct262012

    Global Contribution in Wind Energy From Australia

    By Tyra Oldham, LAND sds Green News, October 26, 2012

     

    Nations providing clean energy solutions are projecting targets to meet the United Nations Kyoto Protocol.  Brisbane Times news on "Clean energy target drives billions in investment". 

    "Australia's 20 per cent renewable energy target has helped spark $18.5 billion in new clean energy investment since its inception - and will drive another $8.8 billion to 2030 - an economic analysis commissioned by the industry's peak body has found."

    "The modelling to be released today by the Clean Energy Council also says Australia would have failed to meet its greenhouse gas targets under the United Nations Kyoto Protocol without the target in place. The target mandates that 20 per cent of Australia's energy is to come from renewables by 2020."

    "Numerous industry groups - including energy giant Origin and the Business Council of Australia - are calling for the scheme to be reduced or dumped due to concerns the target may be overshot and have uneven impacts on energy markets and prices. But renewable energy and environment groups want the target left untouched and say it, along with the carbon price, is crucial to cleaning up Australia's energy supply."

    "Since 2001, $18.5 billion in new clean energy investment has occurred, with a large proportion driven by the target. From 2012 to 2030 investment worth another $18.8 billion will occur the modelling says, though the carbon price scheme will drive $9.9 billion of that. The modelling also finds if left in place the renewable energy target will also mean generation from coal-fired power will be 12 per cent lower in 2030 than without the scheme, and gas-fuelled power generation 13 per cent lower."

    The critical choke points are the establishment of targets that are defined, measurable, planned and synchronous to the city or national plan.  My epistemology is in producing a sustainable plan with metrics for continuous improvement that lead to energy efficiencies.  Further, I evangelize sustainability as the process that can lead to innovation, remuneration and competitive advantage for the stakeholders.  Understanding the importance of energy will be key to a thriving nation.    

    Thursday
    Oct182012

    Why Small Business Need Sustainable Expertise

     

     

     

    By Dr. Tyra Oldham, LAND sds, CEO, October 18, 2012

     

     

    Small Business are the largest employers and subject to various constraints that prevent growth such as, capital infusion, business intelligence, technology and information. The "Environmental Leader reported "SMEs Struggle with Sustainability Expertise, Quantifying Benefits". As a small business professional the struggles are enumerable but passion and fortitude push me forward. As a sustainable green professional the adoption is with ease yet, translating that ease to others is the sticky point.

    The article pointed out, "Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) create 80 percent of Canadian industry’s harmful environmental impacts and more than 60 percent of commercial waste, according to a report released today by the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS), Canadian Football League team the Montréal Alouettes, World Wildlife Fund, Quebec furniture manufacturer Artopex and 10 other organizations. SMEs also create more than 80 percent of new jobs in Canada every year, according to SME Sustainability Challenges 2012."

    "In the report, small businesses share challenges they face in being environmentally responsible.

    "Lack of time, finances, human resources and expertise in sustainability prevent SMEs from implementing sustainability initiative, according to the report, which found SME managers are overwhelmed by the number of corporate social responsibility tools — and their varying credibility."

    I further add knowledge. This is not a small business phenomenon. Big business have not understood the critical relevance of sustainability.

    "Developing internal expertise or having access to a knowledgeable third party would help SMEs implement sustainability practices, it says."

    "The report is the result of a one-day roundtable with small business leaders from various sectors of the economy, facilitated by Dr. Marie-France Turcotte, director of the French Office of the Network for Business Sustainability."

    Small Business Action Step

    Yet, as areas of efficiencies are produced data can point to requirements, clarify next steps, optimize decisions that once were or may not have been relevant or considered.

    How can small business be brought along into this growth?

    I offer the missing link is the ability to study and understand the vast amounts of data that is structured and unstructured into the workplace leaving businesses blind, are engaging with one eye open. The secret sauce is in the metrics and the ability for companies, organizations, cities and countries to benchmark what is sustainable, effective and efficient in the short-term and long-term decision making.