SuMo connects management goals to workforce reality.

LONDON – 14th Feb 2011 – Sustainability software leader CloudApps has launched Sustainability Momentum (SuMo), a new desktop app which connects every employee across company-wide sustainability initiatives.

SuMo connects the sustainability efforts of employees on the front-line, or ‘bottom up’, with the ‘top down’ commitments made by management, via the world’s lowest carbon cloud computing platform, Force.com, which is 91% more energy efficient than traditional computing models. CloudApps customers are typically seeking to reduce overall energy and travel costs by 10% or more.

Employees are kept constantly updated with their carbon footprint making dramatic cost savings easier and faster than ever to achieve. Frontline staff can, for the first time, engage and contribute towards corporate targets by comparing their own personal footprint to colleagues or across departments, product lines, facilities or divisions. Sustainability targets can now be pushed throughout the business, allowing relative performance and ranking to be compared, creating positive competition on sustainability, by clearly showing whether individuals and teams are meeting, or failing to meet, their targets.

In addition, the application displays real-time updates of practical, everyday suggestions for improving sustainability that are sensitive to the employee’s function in the organization. Examples might include the use of video conferencing rather than travel, car-pooling schemes, reminders to switch off computers and monitors overnight. Each employee then discloses which suggestions they are adopting and participation is monitored at the level of departments and individual employees.

Simon Wheeldon, CEO of CloudApps said: “The release of SuMo will make sustainability an aspect of normal working life, in a way never before possible. Anybody using a computer is reminded unsustainable work practices are a luxury businesses cannot afford. Our customers are looking to bring down travel and energy costs by at least 10%, which may sound modest, but requires company-wide change. When every employee can make a small contribution to the wider energy saving and waste limitation initiatives, businesses will start to see running costs cut dramatically.”

Making sustainability social in this way by creating open discussion and idea forums across the workforce means organisations stand to quickly generate significant cost savings. According to a recent survey, employees currently struggle to find the time to involve themselves in sustainability, even if they are keen to do so. With the launch of SuMo, CloudApps embeds sustainable practice into the daily work schedule.

CloudApps SuMo will be available as of 25th Feb 2011, as part of the CloudApps Spring ’11 sustainability solution. Digital images of the SuMo are attached to this release.

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