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IBM, Accenture, Deloitte and Logica Lead Sustainable IT Companies

Accenture, Deloitte, IBM and Logica lead the global market for sustainable technology services, according to a new report from independent analyst firm Verdantix.

Green Quadrant Sustainable Technology Services (Global) 2012 said the four firms each have a broad portfolio of offerings covering most of the market’s 12 segments, including renewable energy, facilities energy management, sustainable data centers, environmental compliance, sustainability performance management, low carbon transport, smart grid, smart meters and climate change IT services.

The four also offer superior corporate sustainability strategies and strong commercial expertise across advisory and systems implementation capabilities, Verdantix says.

It found that HP and IBM together lead the field in terms of corporate sustainability performance. These firms also achieve the highest brand recognition among buyers for their sustainability offerings.

Verdantix also found that among the pure-play IT services firms, Wipro – including the new Wipro ecoEnergy division –achieves the highest score for its corporate achievements on sustainability metrics.  

The study was based on analysis of 17 global IT service firms, as well as interviews with a panel of buyers representing 10 industries and a collective spend of $331 billion.

Verdantix’s research found that the 17 firms accelerated their investments in energy, environment and sustainability service lines during 2011. It also noted an evolution in the companies’ products and services over time. Before the recession, PC power management and server virtualization dominated, but firms’ strategies then expanded to include company-wide energy cost reduction.

By the end of 2011, nine of the leading tech service providers had established dedicated sustainable technology practice groups. Integrated sustainability offerings will emerge from 2012 to 2015, Verdantix says.

Verdantix principal analyst and report author Phil Sayer said companies have offered a host of new environmental IT offerings in recent months. For example, Capgemini has used its smart metering expertise as a launch pad into the less mature smart grid segment. CSC has used its long track record in environmental compliance systems to innovate in climate change analysis. TCS exploits energy data management software to expand into facilities.

All of the companies in the study are planning investments in facility management and enterprise energy and carbon management offerings over the next two years, while 87 percent say they will invest in smart meters and energy efficient data center initiatives.

Verdantix CEO David Metcalfe said that in 2012 and 2013, the IT firms’ major concern will be funding. Deal volume is unlikely to reach significant scale until 2014, he said.

Within corporate buyers, from 2012, the most committed firms will be in the implementation phase of sustainable technology projects. Most of these firms have revenues above $10 billion and a CEO-backed sustainability strategy, Verdantix said.

Technology opportunities will be driven by business trends including residential smart meters, grid integration of offshore wind farms and management of city-wide electric vehicle infrastructures, the study added.

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