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Assessment of our Corporate Sustainability is often driven by a need to comply in order to achieve the tick in a box for tender activity but is this how it should be perceived? Surely implemented in the right spirit and with across the board buy-in, this buzz word strategy is a strong driver to business growth potential if only by spreading the word throughout your sector that you are sustainably aware and striving to be the best you can in your environment. Didn't Marks and Spencer role out Plan A? A 5 year road map to spend £200 Million improving their sustainability by 2012? Within 2 years they announced they were ‘cost positive' for the project,generating returns as early as 2009. Very few organisations perceive sustainability as an opportunity to drive up the bottom line, but history proves this to be an outcome of investment in positioning yourself as a leade... (more)

The Future of Telecom

The former CTO of AT&T is well-known throughout the technology world for his bold and futurist ideas. His strategies and implementations during his time at AT&T undoubtedly changed the way the company operate, and by doing this, strategically transformed the future of the network. As the keynote speaker at the summit, his technical presentation focused on the future trends in services and applications that will be implemented over the next decade.   Eslambolchi's insight into his futuristic world of communication sparked the tone for the rest of the week amongst the industry figu... (more)

I.T. Spend is Back

It is now 2010 and things are looking up but IT fundamentals have shifted and spending must be closely monitored.  Some of the leading names in IT will be meeting to discuss planning and spending in the first quarter of 2010 at the CIO US Summit held by GDS International. The recession felt globally has changed the priorities in IT.  One of the key changes has focused on cloud options and if investments into internal data centers is really the path forward. "2010 will bring increased spending as we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, however budgets will continue to ... (more)

FedEx Outs Green Secrets Behind Purple Promise

Tom Schmitt (President & CEO, FedEx Global Supply Chain Services) joined FedEx eleven years ago at a time that he admits was the “perfect storm”, growing the company into the worlds transportation and distribution leaders, positioned in over 220 countries. In an exclusive interview for the executive business channel MeettheBoss.tv, Tom Schmitt lets slip the secret to FedEx’s growth over the decade lead by a unique company culture built around the “Purple Promise” that has continued to motivate FedEx’s 290,000 staff through the recession. The Purple promise is a companywide oblig... (more)

Transforming Green to Gold

Green Technology Journal on Ulitzer The week that Coca Cola’s staff are sporting uniforms made from recycled bottles at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Esat Sezer, CIO of Coca Cola Enterprises, explains candidly to meettheboss.tv how going Green is more than just a Corporate responsibility. Esat Sezer is the current SVP and CIO with Coca Cola Enterprises and has been working with them since 2006.  The Challenge with Green IT, is to take the buzz  that has been created around the recent phenomenon and mobilizing it into effective strategies for growth and efficiency. Esat explains “I... (more)