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Energy Management – Why Now? Why Wait!

Posted by Tom Emmrich

Mar 6, 2014 9:00:00 AM

“America's energy boom will continue for decades, and natural gas will replace coal as the largest source of U.S. electricity by 2035, the Department of Energy forecast today.  U.S. production of crude oil will increase through 2016, when it will approach the record set in 1970, before leveling off and then slowly declining after 2020. Natural gas production will grow steadily, jumping 56% from 2012 to 2040, according to an early release of an annual report by DOE's Energy Information Administration.”  [USA Today, December 16, 2013.  “U.S. forecasts natural gas boom through 2040”]

It wasn’t too long ago when the U.S. energy dependence fueled projections of a steady increase in energy prices.  As had happened previously in Europe, this drove U.S. companies and individuals to a new level of sensitivity towards the potential financial impacts of resource usage and efficiency.   In addition, there was an acceleration of focus on responsible consumption based on sheer global scarcity, and the environmental impact of green-house gases and carbon footprints.  Sustainability became a hot topic.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Energy, Energy Management

Fear of Subscriptions? Three reasons software subscriptions make sense.

Posted by Tom Emmrich

Feb 21, 2014 8:47:00 AM

Subscriptions or Purchase

Software as a Service

As the market is rapidly getting more comfortable with cloud-based offerings and software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions, there is usually a secondary hurdle that most customer’s struggle with, and that is the subscription payment method that generally goes along with these offerings. Some just don’t understand it and think it is a clever “trick” of the provider – and others hold the belief that they are inherently more expensive.  Neither is true.

While some people have an emotional connection to upfront payment, objection to subscription based offerings is usually not founded on an objective understanding nor an analysis of risk, total costs and flexibility.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Energy, Software as a Service, Energy Management

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