Information Systems for Environmental Sustainability

IT, Resource Productivity, Environmental Preservation, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Oracle’s Approach: Integration of CMS with ERP

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Software giant Oracle has a slightly different CMS strategy than does SAP.

Instead of acquiring an emerging firm and re-branding the system as a standalone Saas application, it is integrating a partner firm’s software with its own.

Ndevr’s GHG Accounting Software for International mandatory and voluntary environmental reporting schemes… is now pre-integrated with both the Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle’s JD Edwards EntepriseOne financials applications. This pre-integrated solution provides additional data capture, analysis and presentation capabilities that help organizations assess their current carbon footprint, comply with internal and external reporting standards and work on implementing more energy-efficient solutions.

The extensions to both Oracle Financials and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Financial Management support setup definitions for assets, as well as data capture capabilities for gas, electricity or fuel consumption for example. This data capture can be performed within the context of an existing transaction or as a separate function.

To help users easily access and analyze the captured data, a computation layer converts it into GHG metrics and Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition Plus then provides a reporting layer that analyzes and presents data in a set of pre-built, but extensible dashboards.

The pre-integrated solution can also be used to track additional environmental metrics such as waste and water consumption and complies with standards published by the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. By directly incorporating greenhouse gas and other environmental metrics within existing infrastructure and business processes, the Oracle and Ndevr solution can provide significant cost, time-to-value and audit advantages over custom or standalone GHG accounting solutions. [more]

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Author: nigelpm

Associate Professor of Information Systems, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan - Helping organizations to navigate digital transformation.

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