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October 15, 2009

Panduit Takes Green IT to Heart

By Amy Tierney, TMCnet Web Editor


When it comes to green IT, Panduit, a provider of comprehensive next-generation high speed data transport solutions, keeps that focus at the forefront. It’s been part of the company’s vision for more than five decades.

And recently, the company was recognized for its efforts as a winner of Oracle’s (News - Alert) “Enable the Eco-Enterprise” award. The award recognizes customers and their partners from different industries that rely on Oracle applications, sustainability reporting, or technology products to support their green business practices and sustainability initiatives.
 
In particular, Panduit was recognized for its innovative, sustainable business practices, which leverage Oracle solutions, as well as deploying an energy efficient physical infrastructure in its own headquarters buildings. What’s more, the firm was highlighted for its ability to offer such solutions to customers.
 
What does the award mean for Panduit? Anil Maheshwari, Panduit’s director, integrated marketing communications, told TMCnet in an interview the Oracle award is a “living proof” of Panduit’s green story, adding that “Panduit embraces lean and green as a core value.”
 
“This award validates our strategy,” Maheshwari said. “People recognize UPI base solutions are useful and good for the data infrastructure market to drive utility, to drive efficiency, to drive flexibility, to drive reliability, to drive sustainability, and I think this award helps us a lot in terms of getting the word out.”
 
The award also elevates the company’s solution in the global data center infrastructure market. It shows how the firm’s solutions not only help its own data centers, but how its solutions help drive sustainability and other savings for customers, Maheshwari said.
 
Panduit benefits from Oracle applications by streamlining its own business operations. For example, Oracle has helped Panduit create a “paperless environment.” All work orders, records, purchases and invoices - once paper-based - are now handled electronically. The effort has saved the firm 2.2 million pages of paper worldwide, Maheshwari said.
 
That’s not all. Panduit is taking the green theme to its buildings. The company is constructing new world headquarters in Tinley Park, Ill. The building is expected to achieve gold certification to reflect Panduit’s mission to promote and design the construction of buildings that are environmentally responsible.
 
For example, Panduit is using Oracle solutions to drive operational efficiencies throughout the structure, Maheshwari said. The company is unique in that it will run the global business on Oracle software out one a single data center, he added.
 
The new headquarters will be supported by Panduit’s UPI base solutions to optimize energy use and maximize resource efficiencies across the building, but also connect to the company’s industrial base. The UPI-based solutions are designed to consolidate the infrastructure around power cooling space to create a unified center, which can be managed in an integrated manner yielding fewer redundancies and “significant” energy savings, he said.
 
As a result, the company expects to save about $210,000 worth of energy with the help of Oracle’s software solutions, Maheshwari said.
 
As more and more companies adopt a greener way of life, Panduit acknowledges it wouldn’t be the company it is today without the help of its partners.
 
“We partner effectively ... to bring together an effective solution,” Maheshwari said. “No company can do it alone. Without partners like Oracle, we could not be there. Partnering is a big part of our competitive advantage.”
 
To hear more about Oracle and Panduit products and Oracle’s “Eco-Enable the Enterprise” awards, listen to the podcast on the Smart Data Centers community.
 

Amy Tierney is a Web editor for TMCnet, covering unified communications, telepresence, IP communications industry trends and mobile technologies. To read more of Amy's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney


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