Evaluating Factors Affect Green IT Readiness (Part 1)

Evaluating Factors Affect Green IT Readiness (Part 1)

Yas A. Alsultanny (Arabian Gulf University, Manama, Bahrain) and Fatma M. Alnassar (Arabian Gulf University, Manama, Bahrain)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/IJGC.2015070103
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Abstract

The IT departments must have green IT readiness to control emissions from data centres and selecting equipments of low power consumption. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the factors affecting green IT readiness. A questionnaire of developed to evaluate green IT readiness from the perspective of the IT staff. The questionnaire divided into two parts. The first part is for demographic information and general questions. The second part for green IT dimensions; technology, practice, policy, governance, and attitude. The data collected from 401 respondents. The results showed that the factors; technology, practice, attitude, and maintenance have an agree degree of agreement, while the factors; policy, governance, and green IT readiness have neutral degree of agreement. The governance has the highest correlation and influence on green IT readiness. The study recommends organizations, to setup strategies for implementing green IT as short-term solutions, and the government needs new laws and policies to implement green IT as a long-term solution.
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Literature Review

Green IT defined as; an organization’s ability to systematically applying environmental sustainability criteria to the design, production, sourcing, use and disposal of the IT technical infrastructure as well as within the human and managerial components of the IT infrastructure (Elliot, 2007).

Green IT contributes to reducing the environmental impacts of business IT activities (such as; adopting green technologies), green IT support for environmentally sustainable business practices (such as; enabling green supply chain management through building tools for energy management) and its role (such as; supplanting high CO2 emitting business practices) in the low-carbon economy (Molla et al., 2009).

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