BCS says IT professionals need new skills to deliver green IT

BCS says IT professionals need new skills to deliver green IT

IT professionals need to gain new skills to ensure IT can deliver solutions that businesses need to reduce their carbon emissions and meet growing legislation, according to BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Michiel van der Voort, director international and professional development services at the Institute explains, ‘As the Chartered Institute for IT, our aim is to enable the IT industry to become more energy efficient in itself by providing the IT profession with the knowledge and expertise it needs to lower carbon emissions and reduce the environmental impact of IT.

‘There is no doubt that legislation is going to create demand for IT professionals with new skills, and generate new roles, for example, we’re already seeing the emergence of new business roles, such as sustainability managers.’

In the UK, growing legislation, like the CRC energy efficiency scheme will make it mandatory for organisations to understand and report their energy consumption; with potential financial penalties for failure to comply. The legislation will affect 2,770 UK organisations and is expected to deliver £1bn income for the treasury in the UK.

Michiel adds, ‘There’s a real opportunity here for IT professionals to get ahead of the game, understand the legislation and the associated challenges of reducing emissions. As the Chartered Institute for IT our role is to help IT professionals gain the skills they need to achieve this, as well as developing a recognised best practice standard, and providing a network of professionals who can share their expertise.’

The Institute is today launching its new intermediate certificate in Energy and Cost Management for Data Centres. This launch also coincides with an update of its popular intermediate certificate in the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres.

The new certificate will provide candidates with the knowledge and understanding in:

– why managing data centre energy and cost is important

– what energy and cost management in the data centre involves

– predicting and demonstrating appropriate management steps

– comparing and distinguishing between energy and cost management options

The certificate is aimed at data centre managers, operators, consultants and technicians, as well as business unit managers, IT purchasers, architects, solution consultants and CSR professionals.

Full information about the Institute’s green IT activities can be found at: www.bcs.org/green

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