No. 5: Think Green
Many IT executives said that they are cutting IT-related costs by adopting environment-friendly habits such as going paperless or saving energy. Rick Meuser, director of IT at Silgan Plastics, said that he has rearranged his firm's computer room into hot and cold zones and installed a curtain to keep the zones apart creating great savings in utility costs. On the paperless front, Eric Murphy, IT director of The Original Cakerie, said he started to implement a paperless environment on his organization's shop floor as well as for vendor invoices.
Like Murphy, other IT executives, such as Mike Schoepke, AVP of computer operations at Paddock Publications and The Daily Herald, and Richard Morgan-Fine, director of IT at Clarinda Regional Health Center, said that they deployed centralized printing and print-management solutions to reduce as much paper as possible. "Our print-management solution dropped printers, faxes, scanners and copier devices from 130 to 40, saving us tons of money," Schoepke said.