50 years have been enough for digital tools to disrupt all facets of our societies. Today, after a well-started transition to the digital age, new challenges present themselves to CIOs. The ubiquity of digital technologies has an impact on the environment that cannot be ignored.
New technologies are part of the problem, but also part of the solution: By designing IT assets that put the environment at the heart of decisions, we can reduce the carbon impact of digital, which represented 4% of global energy consumption in 2018.
The new reflexes of our societies in terms of the environment are pushing us in the right direction. These habits will naturally and gradually apply to our information systems, provided we rethink the way we think about it so that together we can only keep the best of digital.
Our ecological impact can be summed up in three points:
- We work continuously, through our business as a software development and workflow digitization company, for the dematerialization of business processes, thus avoiding the use of paper. With more than 75 business applications deployed to more than 90,000 daily users, involving a reduction in paper estimated at 500 tons annually, we have a significant impact on our scale on limiting deforestation on the planet.
- Software uses server resources, and thus has a negative ecological impact in terms of energy consumption and wear and tear on server components, reducing their lifespan, we are aware of this. In order to limit the ecological impact of the creation of web and mobile applications, we follow good practices:
- Front-End side: We use what is called green UX (Green user experience): We create graphical interfaces that are simpler, more intuitive, more sober and more refined, without harming the user experience, making it possible to limit the maximum user clicks and unnecessary demands on resources.
- Back-end side: We pay particular attention to the complexity of the algorithms developed, this allows us to guarantee the scalability of our applications developed in terms of increasing the load of users connected simultaneously while limiting the stress on the hardware components.