With the information technology (IT) industry helping contribute to high energy consumption, a Singapore IT body is encouraging local organisations to put in more effort to reduce carbon footprint.
The Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF) is doing this by launching a green IT certification course for organisations and IT professionals alike who wish to learn how they can reduce the energy consumption of IT systems.
SiTF cited statistics indicating that IT systems consume from 20 percent to 70 percent of energy in office buildings. Gartner was also cited as saying that 50 percent of the organisations' IT budget in the next few years will go to energy costs.
Given these, the green IT certification course can help organisations in their efforts to reduce energy consumption, reduce operational costs and increase system efficiencies. Getting IT certified can also help organisations build up their green IT credentials, particularly in light of international legislation and trade requirements.
IT professionals, on the other hand, can build their skill set by learning green IT best practices.
"Environmental awareness is becoming an integral part of running a business, and we are seeing more and more businesses proactively participating in ensuring that their operations are sustainable from an environmental standpoint. We are delighted that SiTF is rolling out this certification course and hope that organisations will find the course materials relevant to their business needs," said Peter Goh, chairman, SiTF Green IT Chapter.
The course covers a basic understanding of green IT, including IT lifecycle management, tools and other methodologies. But the course is not pure theory as there will be opportunities for participants to do hands-on training with the support of IT vendors.
SiTF said the course framework is supported by IT vendors with green IT tools and practices of IT vendors included as electives.
To be a Singapore Certified Green IT Professional, the course participant must complete at least one SiTF authorised vendor elective Green IT module from supporting vendors. Four days of the training course will focus on instructed-led green IT essentials.
Some of the IT vendors supporting the certification include Fuji Xerox, Microsoft, Ricoh, and VMware.
The course is offered through accredited training partners COMAT Training Services, Ingram Micro Asia, NetAssist Services and NTUC LearningHub.
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