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In response to growing consumer and regulatory pressure for companies to define and measure sustainability metrics, Microsoft is launching a software-as-a-service (SaaS) tool to help companies not only check these boxes, but look at them.
On June 1, the company will launch its Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability. An early customer, the NFL’s Las Vegas Riders have already laid the groundwork for sustainable goals and are seeing promising results. In partnership with Microsoft, Raiders has received the LEED Gold Certificate for its stadium.
Using Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability, engineers working for riders can access the platform and all metrics through an application on their smartphones, as it is built into the cloud. With the app, engineers can monitor energy, water and waste metrics and consumption, and HVAC power consumption – which will usually take a lot of energy and time for a pro sports team based in the desert.
And as the SEC seeks to implement new requirements for sustainability reporting, this is something that companies in all sectors, regardless of size, must begin to prioritize.
“If you are a public listed company, the capital markets take care of it. Regulators take care of it and you will be judged and held accountable for it [reporting] Advertising ensures the integrity of end-to-end data and the quality of your underlying data and then the output and reports is really crucial and our tool can do that, “said Elizabeth Brenten, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of sustainability, VentureBeat. “Sustainability Manager Tool Control Sand gives you a clear outline for emissions into your company’s environmental footprint in an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand format taking full advantage of Microsoft technology.”
Measuring sustainability numbers
Measuring a company’s carbon footprint and durability is not an easy task. It requires various coordinates, monitoring and taking all that data and turning it into the next step. Delivering on sustainability monitoring results, Brenton says, is a completely different process – which requires a strong partnership between Microsoft and its customers to operate.
Microsoft and Riders partnered to adapt Microsoft Cloud to sustainability for their project needs and sustainability goals. For example, Microsoft has teamed up with a team to create custom machine learning technology that enables their engineering and operations teams to make better use of their durability matrix dashboard across platforms. It analyzes weather data and then adjusts for maximum energy efficiency to control the temperature inside the stadium.
“With the help of Microsoft, we have proven that our chiller plant is not only the most efficient plant in this part of the country, but also very affordable to operate. We now have a lot of supporting evidence to show that, and indeed, at the end of the day, we want to do just that, “said Joe Wright, chief engineer of the Allegiance Stadium – Riders’ home.
“And with the Microsoft and BI tools they’ve created for us, we’re able to accurately capture this data and demonstrate what we’re doing and make sure people understand that we’re doing our part sustainably and We make sure. We are building not only sustainable but also efficient facilities. ”
Companies adopting the Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability are finding a tool, but also a partnership. The SaaS platform is built on four main pillars:
- Integration of data intelligence
- Reducing operational and environmental footprint of company processes, buildings and more
- Creating a more sustainable value chain, especially with insights into Scope 3 emissions data
- Build more sustainable IT infrastructure to address the company’s Space 1 and Space 2 emissions
Once the company adopts the Riders tool, it can work closely with Microsoft to customize parts of the dashboard, using tools such as data visualization tools, IoT and digital twins for more advanced measurement and simulation capabilities and more.
“Part of our purpose is to use data science so that our customers can gain credibility and trust with their customers,” Brenton said. “Organizations want to do their part. Our cloud for sustainability cuts off the polarization and noise of opinion. Microsoft is taking a position to be fact-based, neutral, positive and contributing.
The platform itself is built on top of Azure and pulls together some of the major Microsoft components from other technologies including practical data visualization tools, components of Excel, graphic displays from Microsoft software and durability drivers below. These all come together and are supported by first-party IP scalable data lac – which Microsoft added to the offer for sharp measurement of both granular data and input data – allowing LAC users to drill down and test insights from a data science perspective and sustain it. Rotate to steps towards goals. Because it’s all built on Azure, the platform already has security and scalability features for customers to use as they see fit.
Ensuring sustainability in the enterprise
Microsoft is doing more than talking, the company has more than a decade of experience and it promises to be carbon negative by 2030. Intelligence platforms to guide them, but also experts who are “there, have done it,” which can be especially helpful for startups or companies that have been around for ages, but have yet to get started on their own sustainability track.
“What sets Microsoft apart is that we have been on a journey of true and real sustainability for over a decade. And it’s complex … By learning from it, we’ve put that knowledge and expertise into our product into the Cloud for Sustainability, “Brent said. “It’s not just a fashionable thing of the moment. It’s actually built on science and matter.”
Once it is generally available, ventures and companies of all sizes can take advantage of it. Brenton said that regardless of where the company is on its sustainability journey, Cloud for Sustainability can move its customers forward to reach those goals.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s a huge global enterprise or if it’s a new company – I’m sure it will one day become a unicorn – we can help our customers on that sustainability journey,” she said.
Once Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability is released to the general public, the company plans to further refine its measurement and reporting capabilities for energy, water and waste metrics and keep an eye on them as soon as new sustainability rules and requirements come to light. Can work on platforms. Continue to support customers in a meaningful way.
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