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Paris COP-21: The Time to Commit and Act has Come!

The COP-20, and its “Lima Call for Climate Action” joint declaration, left mixed feelings on me. On one hand, it kept the goal of limiting global warming to less than… Read more »

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We Have the Technology to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

It is apparent to me that COP21 will be a milestone on the path towards a world that is more sustainable. I have been participating in these conferences for the… Read more »

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Sustainability – The New Critical Success Factor

I believe climate change is our generation’s biggest challenge and responsibility.  And, despite the odds, I am optimistic we can get the job done. I say this because I see… Read more »

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The Technology Tipping Point for IIoT

When debating our strategy to address the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) we inevitably end up in the details – a discussion about platforms moves very quickly into Ethernet and… Read more »

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We Have the Tools to Fight Climate Change

Recently at Fortune’s Brainstorm E event in Austin, I was asked about the upcoming United Nations COP21 summit. Should businesses worry about it? Can we ignore it? My position on… Read more »

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Research Reveals That Companies with More Women In Leadership Roles Perform Better

I came across an interesting finding the other day. Companies that have more women in leadership roles are performing in the top 20% financially according to the DDI’s Global Leadership… Read more »

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How IIoT can turbo charge great data for better business

In today’s industrial world, it’s very easy to generate masses of data – process data, sales data, customer data and so on. The advent of the Industrial Internet of Things… Read more »

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The Gender Pay Gap Affects All of Us – It Is Time to Close It

The statistics are jarring. According to the latest U.S. Census statistics[1], women working full-time make on average only about 78% of what men earn. That means the average U.S. woman… Read more »

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Why Buildings are Monumentally Important

Urbanisation is one of the main trends shaping our world today. As cities grow and new buildings appear across the globe, we must look closely at the places where we… Read more »

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A Comfortable Home is a Connected Home

When I think about a modern home, I envision the role of connectivity and the amazing possibilities that it brings. Connectivity is changing everything. Research suggests that more than 50… Read more »

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The Green Grid Offers Up Metric to Promote Responsible Disposal of IT Equipment

Governments around the world are taking interest in data centers or, more specifically, what happens to data center equipment when it’s time to put it out to pasture. I use… Read more »

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Embracing IIoT One Step at a Time

What stands in the way of progress is not technology – it’s us. It’s our desire to stay inside our comfort zone where we happily repeat familiar behaviors. If you… Read more »

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When You Think About Modular Prefabricated Data Centers, Think Beyond ISO Containers

We’ve been designing and selling modular data centers at Schneider Electric for years. But lately, when I talk to customers about modular data centers, too often they naturally migrate to… Read more »

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How I Became CMO of a Multinational Energy Company

The world is getting smaller, and its resources are growing scarcer by the day. The advent of the commercial Web browser in 1994 changed everything, connecting continents, countries and cultures… Read more »

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The Future of Industrial Automation

The automation of control processes has been around for a long time and has evolved from the early days of manual controls through switches and relays to today’s sophisticated control… Read more »

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Data Center Facility Module set up at Uptime Institute Symposium 2012

As I mention in my last post, we are bringing one of our nearly 50,000 lbs facility modules to the Uptime Institute Symposium being held in just a few days… Read more »

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Room, Row or Rack: How to Determine Which Cooling Architecture Is Best for Your Data Center

We’ve covered previously in this blog the different data center cooling architectures – room, rack and row-based cooling. But we recently came out with an updated white paper that helps… Read more »

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Building Gender Equality ― a Sensible Choice for any Company

Schneider Electric employs more than 170,000 people and it’s my job as CEO to help ensure it’s a great place to work – for everyone. One of the ways to… Read more »

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R&D and Innovation are key to lower carbon solutions

On January 19th I was delighted to be invited to join a panel session at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi to discuss how R&D and innovation could… Read more »

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The Next Wave of IIoT-Related Business Improvements

It’s become quite clear that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the future of Industry. By now we’ve well and truly covered the point that IIoT is, in fact,… Read more »

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Bitcoin Miners Demonstrate the Need for a Proper UPS in Home Offices

Bloomberg Businessweek had an interesting story last month about the digital currency Bitcoin. It’s a fascinating look at the world of “alternative” currencies, which have no ties to any government… Read more »

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The Green Grid Offers Up Metric to Promote Responsible Disposal of IT Equipment

Governments around the world are taking interest in data centers or, more specifically, what happens to data center equipment when it’s time to put it out to pasture. I use… Read more »

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Why data center management tools need to be more like social networks and less like the IRS

I recently presented at the Gartner Symposium and during my preparation for the presentation I revisited some of the concepts I discussed in my “Where is the data in data… Read more »

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6 Industries on the Verge of IIoT Disruption

By 2030, the Industrial Internet could drive $7.1 trillion in incremental revenue in the U.S. alone, with China, Germany and the UK each poised to reap their own 12- and… Read more »

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How Energy-Aware Software Can Drive Greater Energy Efficiency

We’ve made great strides in increasing energy efficiency through technologies such as virtualization, which dramatically reduces the number of servers companies need. But in many cases, the energy efficiency gains… Read more »

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3 Ways to Lower Data Center Energy Costs and Move to Sustainability

It’s no secret that data centers use a tremendous amount of energy, about 2% of all U.S. electricity by some estimates. It’s great that companies with some of the largest… Read more »

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Pushing the Data Center Boundary Blog: HACs vs. CACs – Do we really need to have this conversation?

I was reading some articles online recently and I’m astounded by the lack of understanding of HACs  (Hot aisle containment) versus CACs (cold aisle containment). Let’s get right to the… Read more »

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Predicting the Future of Densities

Nostradamus couldn’t predict the future and neither can we – why the data center industry has never predicted future rack densities correctly. Just recently, there was yet another report generated… Read more »

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Stay in Front of the Regulators – Get a Handle on E-Waste

In a recent post I wrote about the electronics disposal efficiency metric (EDE) that The Green Grid has come up with to help users and manufacturers of electronic equipment measure how… Read more »

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Embracing IIoT One Step at a Time

What stands in the way of progress is not technology – it’s us. It’s our desire to stay inside our comfort zone where we happily repeat familiar behaviors. If you… Read more »

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