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Posted by Chris Mines on January 29, 2010
The market for enterprise carbon and energy management (ECEM) systems continues its rapid evolution. Since publishing our Market Overview report last November, we have interviewed at least a half-dozen additional systems providers coming into this nascent market.
Last week we talked with Dan DeKemper, a director at Pricewaterhouse Coopers who works with the firm's 800-person-strong sustainability practice on large-scale ECEM implementation projects. Dan told us that PwC sees three industry sectors driving ECEM adoption:
Like us, Dan thinks that the enterprise software companies like SAP are well-positioned in the ECEM market. He sees many customers that simply will not use a hosted (or SaaS) product due to security and data-ownership concerns. And for many of his clients, integration of an ECEM system with other software backbones -- ERP, financials, BI -- that are already in place is a paramount concern.
He did not completely buy into the other prediction in our report, namely that enterprise IT organizations will become the central buyer and operator of ECEM systems. He sees system acquisition being driven by the CFO, COO, or EH&S officer at his clients, with IT in the background. We did agree that as system integration and data assurance become more important, IT would play a larger role in the buying process.
Let us know what your firm is seeing and hearing as ECEM development and adoption gathers steam.
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