Fostering Telecom Lifecycle Management Support Below the Executive Level: Part II

A successful Telecom Lifecycle Management (TLM) program requires full buy-in across all functions and levels of a company. The more touch points you can make by showing how the program will benefit stakeholders, the easier it will be to get all oars rowing in the same direction.  In my last blog post, I discussed the needs of the end-user community. In my second post, I will wrap up with the needs of Accounts Payable (AP)/Finance and Telecom/IT professionals that can be satisfied by a properly implemented TLM program, with a focus on mobile devices.    ACCOUNTS PAYABLE & FINANCE PROFESSIONALS AP/Finance professionals are under considerable pressure to control costs, accurately allocate charges to the appropriate GL and cost center, and get bills paid on time. This job function...

Energy is NOT a Fixed Cost

Energy has historically been viewed as a fixed cost. However, by analyzing your energy data, whether from a utility bill or metering, you can identify opportunities for savings and manage energy cost. Energy cost and consumption data is the key to effective energy and sustainability management. To make energy data work for a company or its customers, you must first determine how this information will be used or distributed to both internal and external stakeholders. For example, a company may need to identify where energy is being wasted to make site specific investments, identify where energy consumption can be reduced to meet a budget requirement, or develop more sustainable methods for the production of goods or daily business activities. These needs may stem from consumer or internal...

Ten Consecutive ENERGY STAR® Awards!

I’m honored to share that Ecova has received a 2014 Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award from ENERGY STAR, their highest honor! The Award recognizes Ecova’s long-term commitment to energy efficiency and is reflective of our expertise in energy and sustainability management. Several of my colleagues will attend the ENERGY STAR ceremony on April 29th in Washington, DC to accept the award on behalf of Ecova. Many of our clients have also won an ENERGY STAR award, so it’s a great opportunity to share in our joint success as partners and celebrate the work we do together. We’re very proud of our partnership with ENERGY STAR, as well as the work we do with our clients to promote this important program. Both ENERGY STAR and Ecova strive to promote sustainable resource consumption...

The Ecova Platform: A New Energy and Sustainability Management Software Solution

I’m happy to share a major milestone for Ecova: Today we announced the availability of the Ecova Energy and Sustainability Management Platform, an enterprise software solution designed to help commercial and industrial clients manage, analyze and report on their resource usage data through one intuitive platform.  The Ecova Platform is a powerful tool that translates data and insight into action, and provides our commercial and industrial clients with the information needed to increase operational efficiency, reduce costs, and achieve sustainability goals. One of the many benefits of the Ecova Platform is that it is an all-in-one solution, removing the need to use separate applications or databases for facility, accounting, cost and resource consumptive data, which can be a major cause of...

Right-Size Waste to Deliver Bottom-line Savings

Have you ever wondered why one of your stores can get by on a smaller trash container emptied once per week and other similar sized stores have an 8-yard container emptied five times per week? Have you reviewed the cost of waste services per site and wondered why one store spends five times more than another? Waste hauling services have many local components, including the age of the current land fill and the distance your site is from the land fill, but just looking at cost does not tell the whole story. Haulers charge by the size of the container and the frequency of the pickups per week. If stores can freely add service days with no oversight, chances are some sites are over serviced. They tend to add one day per week during the busiest times of the year, but rarely reduce the...