The German-based enterprise software company SAP has released a full sustainability report that reveals the company's corporate effort at environmental performance and also points to the products and services it has developed to help its customers become more sustainable. The report reviews green efforts for their cost savings, image building and regulatory compliance.
The company has taken its green ideas and made them available to customers through its software tools. The specific green software tools developed by SAP include Web 2.0 tools. Customers can log on to this collaborative work space to share views on sustainability with like-minded SAP customers.
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.