Technology Record - Issue 28: Spring 2023

115 you’re implementing a technology architecture, it has to hit all four of these to be effective. “We help them to classify different business elements and how they might become more sustainable,” says Sklar. “For example, accounting departments might not really need to change much – beyond paper-based invoices – but there is a lot of scope for improved practices in supply chain, warehousing and logistics. OrbusInfinity provides at-a-glance views of their business services and where they need to focus to reach their ESG goals.” The platform can also assist businesses with challenges in traceability, being able to account for their own footprints as well as those of their suppliers and any organisations with which they work. “And this is becoming particularly fundamental for software-asa-service and cloud-based solutions,” says Sklar. “While a company may only be using one six-hundredth of a business’s SaaS estate, that business is holding its customer’s data in Azure. It is contributing to the Azure infrastructure, so there is a cost and a footprint associated with that.” Sklar believes that there is another ‘e’ to add to ESG agendas – ethics. “When we talk about sustainability, we generally look at the three pillars of environmental, social and governance, but there is a fourth,” she says. “It’s already included a little within the social aspect, with fair trade, local sourcing etc. But businesses must now consider more acutely who they are partnering with, how those partners are doing business, how do you go to market in specific countries. But there are internal measures too, such as treating employees ethically.” To support businesses on this journey, Capgemini carries out employee assessments, provides educational sessions and publishes best practices for sustainable IT. “Business is changing, so we must adjust the processes and technologies we use accordingly,” says Sklar. “Enterprise architecture – and the OrbusInfinity platform – give businesses the tools they need to meet the needs of the future, today.” Photo: iStock/ PixelsEffect