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Organisations that adopt a hosted workforce management strategy to boost efficiency could reduce their carbon emissions, according to SMART

New statistical evidence proves this approach could potentially save businesses £100,000s and up to 5.5 tonnes of CO2 a year

Research gathered by SMART suggests that both private and public sector organisations adopting a hosted workforce management strategy could save money and reduce carbon emissions. The company's new white paper, entitled "Hosting solutions " reducing carbon footprint," presents real statistical evidence that proves this approach can save businesses £100,000s and up to 5.5 tonnes of CO2 a year.

Nick Whiteley, MD Health Division at SMART stated, "Businesses today face a double challenge. CEOs must run a profitable business and measure the impact of their operations on the environment as mandated by the Government's Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme. They also have to do more with less, maximising productivity and reducing expenditure across the board. Many companies have already turned to workforce management solutions such as eRostering, Time and Attendance and within the NHS, Bank Management, often with very positive financial outcomes. However, to maximise both cost and energy savings, they could deploy these solutions in a hosted, green environment."

SMART's extensive experience of working with the NHS over many years, together with data gathered by its Workforce Efficiency Assessment (WEA) tools, provide real statistical evidence that eRostering and Bank Management can save NHS Trusts £100,000s, essential when local authorities and councils are being squeezed to the limit by central government spending cuts.

The research conducted by SMART indicates that a customer with a typical server system that is 4-5 years old is likely to create in the region of 6 tonnes of CO2 per year. By transferring to a hosted environment, SMART has calculated that an NHS Trust could reduce this to 0.5 tonnes of CO2 a year, saving 5.5 tonnes of CO2 a year.

Even where an NHS Trust has a more modern system, without multi-tenanting and virtualisation, it will be creating in the region of 3 tonnes of CO2 a year. Taking a hosted approach will reduce this to just 0.5 tonnes of CO2 a year, a reduction of 2.5 tonnes a year.

CIOs are always looking for new ways to reduce their capital spend. As a result, hosting has become an increasingly popular and cost-effective alternative freeing CIOS up from the added financial burden of buying extra servers and other devices to support new software and giving them access to all the functionality they need 24 hours a day in a totally secure way.

According to SMART, vendors need to offer a comprehensive range of hosting services built on a best-of-breed technical infrastructure that combines optimum performance with the highest levels of security and data protection. However, they could go one step further by wrapping these services around an attractive business package, for example, a flexible 'Pay-as-you-grow' plan which works on a per-user basis, allowing IT directors to minimise upfront costs, streamline cash flow and increase capacity seamlessly as their enterprise grows.

The perfect hosted environment is built around an energy efficient data centre that uses the latest developments such as "free air cooling". The data centre should harness the ower of smart servers that incorporate the latest processing technology, offering the fastest performance and the most energy efficient usage per unit of processing power.

Nick Whiteley concluded, "By taking advantage of the wealth of sophisticated workforce management solutions available today in a well-controlled, hosted environment that is intelligently powered, organisations will be better positioned to reduce costs but still make money, keep happy staff and meet their compliance obligations, while benefiting the community at large."

To find out more about saving money and the planet using workforce management solutions or to order a copy of SMART's latest white paper, please visit www.smart-workforce.com

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NOTES TO EDITORS

About SMART
UK based and with 25 years experience, SMART is the leading provider of solutions for workforce management designed to help organisations to achieve agility and cost efficiency from their greatest asset " their people. Utilising our own highly skilled and experienced people SMART helps companies to maximise the performance, productivity and value of their workforce. Our solutions can assist in achieving a sustainable reduction in people costs of up to 10%, while providing a better working environment for staff.

From time and attendance through to workforce planning, scheduling, absence management and comprehensive automated reporting, the SMART solution suite offers a wide breadth and depth of functionality. It can be fully installed on site, delivered as a managed or hosted service with a full range of support services from SMART's own in-house consultants.

Accessible from anywhere in the world, SMART's web-based workforce management solutions are developed using Microsoft .NET to give a zero-footprint solution that is flexible, reliable, scalable and easy to implement, and provides an environmentally responsible option. The data centre supports the Trees for Business Campaign and we are collaborating with Brunel University to identify practical ways to recycle heat and airflow to minimise draw on the power supply, and uses optimised hardware to ensure power consumption is reduced wherever possible.

SMART in Healthcare
SMART RPC provides a simple web based solution for creating and managing Trust-wide staff rosters and time and attendance related activity. The only Next Generation workforce management solution available today, SMART RPC has been designed by our developers to support all NHS Trust roles " a feature that is currently unique. As well as eRostering SMART RPC encompasses Automatic Attendance Recording and Bank Administration, in one easy to use system.

As a Next Generation rostering application, SMART RPC has a host of time-saving features including Auto Roster which generates staff rosters in minutes, and alerts to managers in real time to warn of potential problems with their rosters. In addition it provides unrivalled fairness and transparency in dealing with shift preferences of staff, helping to improve staff morale and reducing staff turnover.

SMART provides comprehensive workforce management solutions to a significant proportion of the UK Healthcare market and was selected as sole provider of e-rostering and time and attendance for the National ESR programme and has unique, proven and fully automated integration with ESR.

Over 600 organisations worldwide benefit from SMART's solutions and services in both the private and public sectors. Customers include Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, The Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust, Ocado, Gist, Habitat, Jaguar, JCB, Mandarin Oriental, Sainsbury's, Swissport, Trailfinders, Tussauds Group, and Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service.

For more information, please visit www.smart-workforce.com.

For information relating specifically to the NHS sector, please visit: www.smart-rostering.co.uk

For press enquiries, please contact:
Paski Matarazzo, Marketing Manager, SMART
Telephone: 01438 822229
Email: paskim@smart-workforce.com

Andreina West, PR Artistry
Telephone: 01491 639500
Email: andreina@pra-ltd.co.uk

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