I had the good fortune to grow up on a farm working with my Dad, Uncle, and Grandfather. It was a magical time for a kid playing in the barn, woods, and creek. Eventually I grew old enough to be a young useful farm hand and was put to work. I learned a tremendous amount working with them. My Dad, Uncle, and Grandfather were all born in the isolated Appalachian hills of Eastern Kentucky. They learned recycling and reuse of everything long before it was trendy to be green. It was a half days’ wagon ride to town and back for supplies so everything that could be reused was saved and reused multiple times.
One of the most interesting barns on the farm was the tool shed. It was the catch all for anything that was being recycled including fence parts, Tractor, truck, and wagon parts, wood of all shapes and sizes, and cans and jars of screws, nails, bolts, nuts, washers, and any other hardware that could be reused. I was always sent to the shed with directions to fetch whatever was needed for the job of the moment and then to put back anything leftover to recycle for the next job.
The ultimate recycling machine on the farm were the draft horses my Grandfather used before he purchased a tractor. They fertilized the fields as they plowed them! Talk about a zero carbon footprint.
Most people agree that recycling is a good idea. Unfortunately, according to recent statistics, less than 35% of American households and less than 10% of businesses recycle. Some of the more troubling statistics for recycling enthusiasts is that Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour! And office workers throw away yearly enough paper to construct a 12-foot-high wall from New York to Seattle. E-waste is one of the newest targets to reduce. In 2014, computers, cellphone, copiers, printers, televisions and other electronic devices made up 41.8 million metric tons of worldwide toxic waste that was not recycled.
So I am sure you are asking, “What in the world does all this have to do with Microsoft Dynamics and Dynamics Software?”. Microsoft is at the forefront of recycling in the Technology world and has been for over 30 years. The newest front in recycling is their Cloud offering and datacenters. Microsoft promotes positive environmental outcomes by:
• Using information technology (IT) to improve energy efficiency;
• Accelerating infrastructure research to solve issues of reliability, security, connectivity, and web- scale; and
• Demonstrating responsible cloud leadership and citizenship in their own facilities, operations, and supply chain.
“The fact is – being “lean and green” is good for both the business and the environment, and organizations that focus their attentions accordingly will see clear benefits. Reducing energy use and waste improves a company’s bottom line, and increasing the use of recycled materials is a proven way to demonstrate good corporate citizenship to your customers, employees, and the communities you do business in.” – Microsoft Top 10 Business Practices for Environmentally Sustainable Datacenters
Microsoft recycles in many ways beyond their data centers. Business and implementation processes, computer code, User interfaces, and other technical parameters and specifications are reused across multiple product lines. The new Dynamics AX encapsulates all of these attributes. It is deployed using Azure in the Microsoft datacenters. It is browser based which reduces device footprints at the user level, and it is built with all the existing AX tools and code set to run more efficiently.
Another example is Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS). LCS is a new method of deploying AX and enables predictable, repeatable, high quality implementations. The LCS process enables standardized business process templates to be used by customers to help define, develop, and execute their implementation. The documented processes can be used to train new users and manage upgrades. All this information is managed and distributed virtually meaning significantly reduced paper consumption. Additionally, implementation can be completed with less travel by consultants to individual locations further reducing the environmental impact of deploy. This coupled with an Azure deployment housed in a Microsoft datacenter significantly reduces the overall impact of a single deployment. When looked view on a worldwide scaled this leads to better environmental sustainability.
So how does Dynamics Software figure into this picture? All our Dynamics Software solutions are built using the same Microsoft tool set. We reuse or recycle code as much as possible which makes for better solution execution which collated on a large scale reduces energy consumption at the processor level. It also means better execution at the device level whether it is a desktop, laptop, or Mobile device. By moving the processor power to the datacenters and making our mobile solutions browser agnostic, we increase the useful life of all devices and reduce solid electronic waste as well. It might seem small but each minute energy savings adds up. Going forward, Dynamics Software will implement our software using Microsoft’s Lifecycle Services which will help our customers implement and upgrade faster and more efficiently while reducing consultants environmental travel impact.
So, the next time you pick up a bottle of water, your mobile device, and hit your favorite app, think about the impact each one has on the environment and reuse or recycle!