Debate around the greening of IT has so far concentrated on how IT departments and suppliers can get their own houses in order, but at this week's Gartner ITxpo event in Cannes the role that IT departments could play in helping to cut business carbon emissions took centre stage. And Tesco illustrated that helping to green the business was the bigger prize when it revealed that IT accounted for just 3% of its carbon footprint.
Other highlights of the event included SAP's CEO talking candidly about the competition posed by software-as-a-service.
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