GoodToGo Index

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A brainchild of GCI, the GoodToGo Index measures an organization's readiness to embark on a sustainable and durable green computing endeavor. The premise behind the Index is that certain conditions need to be in place before investments into green computing technologies are considered. The readiness level of the organization based on the Index criterion affects the outcomes of a green computing project's strategy, design, implementation and operations.

The GoodToGo Index consists of 5 criterion, namely:

1. IT Energy Accountability - Who is accountable for the IT facility's energy bill? Anyone else other than IT Management scores a low ranking in the Index.

2. Leadership Commitment - Is the CEO committed to embedding sustainability wide and deep throughout the organization and recognize his/her importance via a tops down approach. Higher commitment levels scores higher ranking in the Index.

3. IT Energy Cost Reduction Motivation - Are the IT energy bills high enough to warrant remedial action? Higher motivation levels scores higher ranking in the Index.

4. Marketplace Competitiveness - Will a green computing exercise make the organization more competitive in the marketplace? Increased competitiveness scores higher ranking in the Index.

5. Sustainability Outlook - Is the organization looking beyond the single bottom line (Profit) and embracing the Triple Bottom Line (Profit, People, Planet)? A strategic outlook in sustainability scores higher ranking in the Index.

Each criterion is assigned a score based on an organization's current position on the issue. A level of readiness is then determined by the total score and the shape of the resultant radar chart. The following is a case study based on an organization that utilized the Index to determine it's readiness level for a green computing effort.

The following is the score based on data provided by the organization.

The scoring was based on the following questions.

Question 1: Who is currently accountable for the IT Energy Cost?
Score 3 for IT Management, Score 2 for Partial Accountability by IT Management and Score 1 for Anyone Else.

Question 2: What is the commitment level of the CEO towards sustainability efforts within the organization?
Score 3 for Full Commitment, Score 2 for Somewhat Committed and Score 1 for No Commitment

Question 3: How motivated is the organization to reduce current IT Energy Cost?
Score 3 for Highly Motivated, Score 2 for Somewhat Motivated and Score 1 for Not Motivated.

Question 4: Will the green computing effort increase the organization's competitiveness in the marketplace?
Score 3 for Yes, Score 2 for Somewhat and Score 1 for No

Question 5: Does the organization consider the Triple Bottom Line?
Score 3 for Yes, Score 2 for Somewhat and Score 1 for No

The resulting Radar Chart was produced.

Analysis of the organization's readiness level reveals a total score of 10 out of a possible total score of 15. A total score range of 12 - 15 denotes a GoodToGo Index readiness level of Green while a total score range of 8 - 11 signifies Amber level whilst a total score range of below 8 denotes Red level.

Based on the readiness level of Amber, further analysis is warranted. This analysis takes the form of the shape of the radar chart. The shape is depicted below.

Shape 12331 suggests the following course of action:

1. Re-engineer corporate policy to make IT Management accountable for IT energy costs.

2. Change attitudes within the organization to facilitate the incorporation of sustainability policies.

3. Obtain full commitment of CEO in pushing the sustainability agenda throughout the organization.

GCI's GoodToGo Index will be an online tool soon allowing organizations to gauge its readiness level before embarking on a green computing effort.

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