Green IT Project Management

Joint event with BCS Green IT Specialist Group.

Date:
Tuesday 10 May 2011

Time:
6.00pm - 8.30pm (refreshments available 30 minutes before)

Venue:
BCS London, Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Speaker:
Bob Crooks

The event addresses how we can improve project management processes to support the design and implementation of efficient and greener ICT solutions.

ICT is now a critical component of our domestic and business activities (UK Public Sector invests £16b each year on ICT services, 45% of domestic electricity will be consumed by electronic products by 2020...), and the efficiency of the design of ICT products and services and of the processes for their production are therefore increasingly important.

Green ICT is most often focused on the efficient operation of ICT, but it is in the uses to which ICT is put that there are more significant gains to be had in reducing power consumption and the environmental impacts of our activities.

To realise these gains requires behaviour and process changes in how we work and produce things. I see project managers as being in a pivotal role in bringing in such changes both in the ways we work with our teams and customers/clients and in the products and services which we produce.

The talk will develop these themes and hopefully provide an opportunity for us to learn from all of our experiences, how best to take on board the principles and practices of Green ICT in our work as Project Managers.

About the Speaker:

Since obtaining a Masters with distinction at the LSE in 1981, Bob has had many roles in IT from software development to leading the procurement and implementation for the UK Fisheries Department's communication and database systems for tracking fishing vessels.

He now leads Defra's Green ICT programme in collaboration with IBM, Defra's strategic IT supplier. This aims not only to tackle the reduction of the department's ICT footprint where work is underway to rationalise and consolidate some 45 existing data centres, but also to make greater use of ICT tools and services in reducing the department's operational footprints for travel, paper and accommodation.

Bob is Defra's lead on the Cabinet Office's CIO/CTO Council's Green Development Unit(GDU) co-ordinating the impacts on the government Green ICT strategy of a number of Defra Policy initiatives around sustainability. He chairs the BCS Green IT Specialist Group.

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