How a 21st century IT framework can enable the triple bottom line
In an effort to promote environmental security for future generations, an increasing number of local government administrators are re-evaluating how they manage infrastructure and equipment assets to minimize the impact on natural resources.
This has led to a growing focus on sustainability. It has also led to a new set of criteria on which asset investments and projects are evaluated. These criteria now include the implementation of the “triple bottom line approach” — applying environmental, economic, and social considerations to the decision-making processes — which has led to the likes of Energy Star ratings, LEED standards and Envision ratings.
However, the actual strategic implementation of sustainability initiatives can be difficult because of disparate legacy technology systems. In addition, there’s a lack of comprehensive data that government administrators can use to make optimal environmental, financial and public participation-based decisions.
In recent years, though, technology has rapidly developed in such a way that local government administrators are no longer forced to use disparate technology solutions. Tools like Infor Public Sector can integrate data from previously unlikely sources, such as procurement, budgeting and planning, and financial management, to remove the silos between departments. These tools can also fuel more efficient asset management, create a holistic view of all costs, ensure regulatory compliance and achieve operational excellence.
Tools from our firm can help local government administrators to track and report costs accurately against assets and activities. They can help plan, schedule, and execute effective maintenance programs. They also help create detailed asset inventories and agency-specific asset inspections. They provide compliance support for current and future asset-related regulations.
Combined with clear and effective sustainability objectives, realistic sustainability goals, and a strategic, enterprise-wide approach to IT, local government administrators can enable advancements in sustainability. Ultimately, these efforts set a foundation for continual growth and prosperity. They serve as a framework to ensure future generations can enjoy the natural resources as they are today.
Kurt A. Steward is a vice president at Infor Public Sector, where he focuses on go-to-market planning and development, product enhancement and expansion opportunities, and strategic market analyses.