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- Human Choice and Computers International Conference (HCC9 2010)
Track 4: ICT and Sustainable Development
Abstracts and Biographies
The 2010 - 2020 decade will see substantial changes in the way IT resources are utilised and how users are engaged. Energy policies and regulations will be in place soon to measure and mandate energy efficiency targets. Organisations need to act now to achieve their energy efficiency goals in the next five to ten years. This presentation looks at three effective ways of implementing solutions to maintain and grow energy savings in the Data Centre.
Christian Bertolini is APC's Chief Technology Officer, Pacific with responsibility for Australia and New Zealand. Christian is responsible for communicating APC’s energy efficiency offering to partners and customers, as well as helping to develop leading data centre design strategies that deliver innovation and energy savings to APC’s customers.
Christian has been with APC since 2002 and was involved in the design and deployment of power systems and data centres for a number of major customers, such as ST Microelectronics and BT Italia.
Christian graduated in Electronic Engineering from the University of Parma (Italy) and for the last 10 years he has been working in the data centre design industry and in technical education for high efficiency power systems.
Telstra, like many Australian Enterprises is facing similar challenges with respect to energy consumption, its carbon footprint and the impact on the environment. As part of an Enterprise wide approach Telstra IT are tackling the problem head on with a number of initiatives targeted at driving improved energy efficiencies and environmental outcomes. This presentation will look at the success Telstra has had with IT Virtualisation and Consolidation across our Information Technology groups to deliver on our environmental objectives.
Jon Curry has over 25 years experience in the IT industry covering an array of disciplines starting from the ground up as a computer operator in 1985 on a DOS/VSE mainframe. Jon rapidly progressed to a Network Systems Programmer and finally an MVS sysprog before heading off to the UK where he worked for Avis Europe, British Telecom and Nuclear Electric on a number of challenging projects including the privatization of the UK electricity industry. On his return to Australia Jon worked in various Senior Mgmt roles with a number of well known International and Australian icons including Arnotts Biscuits, Unisys, Coca Cola Amatil, Mercantile Mutual, Prudential & MLC Insurance companies. During this time Jon leveraged his technical experience to move into program management and the art of outsourcing management. Jon has spent time on both sides of the IT fence as a customer buying IT Services and products and as a Provider selling and supporting Software, Networks and Services. Having completed a 3 year stint with Telecom New Zealand managing the support of complex security services for a number of Australian Blue Chip companies Jon joined Telstra in the position of General Manager – Managed Data Centres. Jon oversees an operation that covers a significant national footprint of both owned and leased data centre premises. He has been instrumental in driving a multimillion dollar data centre improvement and expansion program that has delivered in excess of 7500 sqms over the past three years. His team is currently working on the design for future Telstra data centres that Jon believes will see a new bench mark in data centre efficiency in Australia.
Having virtualised your Data Centre and installed the latest in Blade computing technologies, what new developments and advances in technology can allow you to continue to increase the efficiency of IT environment? In this session Glenn will talk about what can be done to further improve the efficiency of a Data Centre that is already using common approaches around Virtualisation and Blade Computing. Glenn will also share what Melbourne IT has been doing and will be doing over the next several years push for even greater efficiencies in a large multi-tenanted infrastructure platform that supports tens of thousands of customers in a cloud environment.
As Melbourne IT’s Chief Technology Officer, Glenn Gore is responsible for innovation and implementation of new technologies. Glenn is passionate about new technological advances and how they will change the way we live and work. An advocate for virtualisation, automation and green computing, Glenn has designed and managed highly scalable, efficient computing platforms for the past 15 years for global Internet companies.
What impacts the delivery of environmental business benefits most: Leadership, Culture or GreenIT? How do these aspects interrelate and serve as the foundation to reduce environmental impact? This presentation will address these questions and discuss how you can incorporate the findings into your organisation.
Phillip Nyssen is Partner at Shape Consulting and is responsible for change delivery and business sustainability. He is the current GreenIT Taskforce Chairperson for the Australian Computer Society and is dedicated to empowering ICT professionals to reduce the environmental footprint of organisations. Previously, Phillip was Director in Fujitsu’s Sustainability practice and provided strategy and management consulting for McKinsey & Co, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Holcim Pty Ltd throughout Australia, Asia and Europe.
This presentation outlines how the many different components of Green IT can be described in terms of a Framework, which relates them all to each other and explains their relevance. It can then be used as the basis for quantifying and benchmarking the effectiveness of an organisation’s Green IT in each area of the Framework, allowing comparisons between organisations, industry sectors, across whole countries and internationally – studies have now been conducted in Australia, the UK, the USA and India.
Graeme Philipson is founder and Research Director of Connection Research, a market analysis firm specialising in the convergence of digital and environmental technologies. He has been in the IT industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market analyst and journalist. He is author of Connection Research’s innovative Green IT, Sustainable Home and Connected Home reports, and heads up the company’s research activities in the IT, sustainable technology, and home automation industries.
He was founding editor of MIS Magazine, Research Director for Gartner Asia Pacific, Editor of Computerworld Australia, and Research Manager for Yankee Group Australia.
Investa Property Group became the first major real estate investment institution to publishing building environmental performance data in a dynamic, interactive format through its 2009 Sustainability Report. More recently, the group has worked with leading interaction designers and web developers to create an online data visualisation platform that enables visitors to generate insights and form judgements about how responsibly a property is being operated. Will online data visibility change the way buildings are managed? Will it contribute to reducing environmental impacts from the built environment?
Craig Roussac has group-wide responsibility for the sustainability, safety and environmental management platforms at Investa Property Group, one of Australia's largest and most respected owners of commercial property. He was recently appointed inaugural director of the Investa Sustainability Institute which conducts action research for sustainability in the built environment through collaborations with leading universities and research institutions. Craig is also a part-time PhD candidate at the University of Sydney working in the architectural science discipline. His primary research interest is in how technologies and non-technological factors can combine to achieve significant greenhouse gas emission reductions from the operation of buildings.
The first globally available and accredited Green ICT course for computer professionals commenced in January 2009. Sponsored by the Australian Computer Society, as part of an international program for professional education, the course is also now run at the masters’ level by the Australian National University and several other Australian and North American institutions. Course designer Tom Worthington discusses how e-learning is used with mentored and collaborative techniques to deliver professional education on mobile devices.
Tom Worthington is an ICT consultant to government and industry, a teacher and expert witness in court cases. Tom advises on, designs and teaches vocational and university courses on green ICT, the design of accessible mobile emergency web sites, e-commerce and professional ethics. In 2008 he was commissioned to design the world first globally accredited, postgraduate professional e-learning course on sustainable ICT. Tom is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University. He is a past president, Fellow, Certified Professional and Honorary Life Member of the Australian Computer Society and a member of the ACM and IEEE-CS.
Throughout the life of our planet there has been consistency in one aspect – Change.
The absolute majority of this change has been unpredictable.
In areas where, by now, predictability would have been expected – Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and even weather, unpredictability continues. Even worse, reliance on scientific organisations such as the IPCC with previously impeccable reputations has been shaken to the core by revelations of unprofessional conduct.
Climate pragmatists deal with what they know;
- We are currently undergoing a significant cycle of climate change.
- We should adapt with whatever knowledge and technology we have to mitigate the negative aspects of this change.
Using Information Technology pragmatically to address the issues of sustainability is the premise of this paper.
(JCD, BCom, MBA, CPA, CIA, JSC)
John is currently Chair of Software Queensland, and General Manager for Plus Project Services at TechnologyOne.
He has served as Chair of AIIA Queensland, Chair of Recreation and Training Queensland, Member of the Board of Queensland Athletics, Vice Chair of Enabling Queensland, and Founder member of the Queensland ICT WorkGroup.
He is an Accountant who has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years in various capacities such as a Business consultant, Partner, CEO, CIO and Business Unit General Manager.
He is a decorated senior Air Force Officer, General Staff Course qualified, and has managed a $Billion nationally strategic project.