Journey towards Sustainability IT is priority

Sustainable development and green businesses
Cristina De Luca -

September 01, 2022

A study conducted based on interviews with 1900 technology managers, 97 of whom are from Latin America, shows that although 84% of them recognise the importance of this banner, only 34% already have projects in place. Only 34% say this is not a priority.  The IT Sustainability 2022 survey also details how these executives see the journey towards sustainability.

For 48% it is important to reduce the use of hardware. 43% are committed to intelligent, automatic buildings where consumption is optimised by means of environmental energy solutions on sensors. 38% value the use of renewable energy. 34% prioritize the adoption of cloud solutions over traditional on-premises environments. And finally, 28% seek sustainability by contracting green data centre services.

Another highlight of the survey concerns the IT sustainability culture of each region of the world. “When it comes to reducing hardware use, Europe is the most advanced – this answer was given by 51% of managers in this region,” notes Luis Arís, business manager at Paessler Latin America. Asia, on the other hand, is ahead in supporting smart building solutions: 48% emphasize this strategy during the interview. The Americas are also betting on smart building solutions – 44% also value this technology in their answers.

Who manages the IoT projects?

Paessler’s study also mapped the use of IoT solutions. While 37% say IT is leading these implementations, another 43% consider it a multidisciplinary endeavor. Professionals from the areas of engineering, infrastructure, maintenance, operations and production are also leading the companies’ IoT projects.

Another interesting finding concerns the reasons that are driving managers to expand the use of IoT in their organisations: 37% say the main value of IoT is cost reduction. But here again, regional differences appear. While 62% of IT leaders in Asia believe the devices are committed to optimizing their business, 54% of the Americas group place a higher value on the role of IoT monitoring in supporting digital security.

Finally, Paessler’s research sheds light on what frustrates IT managers, professionals seen as stake holders in companies’ business processes. Extremely lean teams and ever-expanding digital environments explain why 34% of respondents say they are very irritated by false positive alarms – when IT monitoring systems trigger warnings about failures that are not actually happening. “This kind of inconsistency in the monitoring platform leads the manager to spend time on something that doesn’t make sense, affecting the team’s productivity,” explains Arís. Another 33% complain about the rain of unnecessary notifications.

The Paessler study also reveals that the production of reports with KPIs on everything that happens in the organisation’s digital environments continues to be a headache for managers; 23% are forced to manually collect data for reports that are not always necessary.

Between 2022 and 2025, the biggest concern is with the cloud

Regarding the challenges they will face between the second half of 2022 and 2025, 50% of the managers interviewed say that nothing is more complex than the growing use of cloud computing. Given this picture, 41% say they fear the pressure of maintaining a resilient IT infrastructure in a model where users are both inside and outside the traditional perimeter, performing their functions from services available in the cloud. “This scenario requires predictive monitoring solutions that work 24×7 to identify potential failures and, from there, issue alerts that will allow the manager to avoid downtime and disruption in business processes,” says Arís.