There are many aspects of Enterprise Architecture as it applies to Sustainability. As EA's we have the opportunity to influence solution architecture and provide solutions that are more sustainable than ever before.
What role do you think EA's play in sustainability? What are you working on in this space? Are you aware of the SAP solutions in this space?
I recently wrote an article on EA's and environmental sustainability here. This article covered the main pillars of enterprise architecture and the decisions we need to make as EA's.
Feel free to share your thoughts on any aspect of architecting sustainable solutions.
The other, often ignored, aspect of sustainability, is that with all digitization, paper is still used way too often. The reasons we at Pillir hear vary but some commonly repeating themes are use cases in which the business process or parts of it are done offline (oil rigs, drivers, remote logistics or even manufacturing locations, new construction, etc), legacy solutions that require data input in specific workstations combined with lack of mobility (and licenses) and sometimes compliance and regulation. Striving for a paperless organization is an important sustainability goal that I believe is very reachable for most organizations
Has it actually been scientifically established (for all the benefits of digital processes) that a digital process is more sustainable than a paper-based process in terms of carbon footprint? Presumably, it depends very much on the form of energy used to power and manufacture data centers, backup systems, etc.