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Companies moving towards Green IT

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It will help in reducing the impact of IT on the environment

– PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

ECO-FRIENDLY: P.V. Viswanath, Director-Supplies Business, Imaging and Printing Group, Asia Pacific/Japan, Hewlett-Packard Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., Singapore (centre) after releasing a souvenir at PSGR Krishnammal College for Women in the city.

COIMBATORE: Impact of information technology on the environment can be reduced to a great extent through best practices in IT operations, P.V. Viswanath, Director-Supplies Business, Imaging and Printing Group, Asia Pacific/Japan, Hewlett-Packard Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., Singapore, said here on Tuesday.

Inaugurating an international seminar on ‘Techy Trends in Information Technology,’ organised by the Department of Computer Science, PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, he said the best practices should be extended to waste reduction programmes, environmentally driven procurement policies and by using existing, but rarely used, eco-friendly features in technological products, etc.

“Companies should increasingly go towards Green IT. It is a broad category that refers to all environmentally beneficial processes associated with the manufacturing, distribution, use and disposal of IT products,” Mr. Viswanath said.

Enumerating the various changes and trends taking place in the IT sector, he said that change was the only constant and “we are living in exponential times.”

There were changes in the IT industry, aviation, travel, banking, media, and even in music.

The future would have digitised content and printing would be digital vis-À-vis analog printing.

He also said the days of passive internet use are over. Now, people not only consume but also produce, he said, citing the examples of YouTube, Facebook and myspace.com.

Urging students to prepare themselves for the changes, he said: “The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 would not have existed in 2004. Only the ones who are responsive to change will survive. It is not enough to be strong and intelligent.”

Secretary of the college R. Nandini, principal N. Yesodha Devi, and Head of the Computer Science Department S.C. Punitha, spoke.

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