After an undoubtedly extensive evaluation, Microsoft this week selected CarbonSystems software to meet its sustainability and environmental reporting needs. This is an important win for CarbonSystems and illustrates that vendor leadership for sustainability software remains very much up for grabs. The deal also definitely puts to bed the notion that spreadsheets are sufficient to track sustainability data for large, global companies.
Microsoft selected CarbonSystems’ Environmental Sustainability
Platform as its new global standard for carbon emission tracking and
management for its 600 facilities in 110 countries. “Microsoft is
committed to measuring, transparently reporting, and minimizing the
carbon footprint of our operations. We view CarbonSystems as a key part
of our effort to achieve Microsoft’s business and environmental
sustainability goals,” said Rob Bernard, chief environmental strategist
at Microsoft in a press release.
The choice of CarbonSystems over other, well-known sustainability
software leaders such as CA Technologies, Credit360, Ecova, Enablon,
Hara and PE International, SAP and others is impressive.
When we did our sustainability software analysis
in the spring of 2011, we named 10 early
leaders, and CarbonSystems wasn’t among them. This win catapults
CarbonSystems forward: Selection by Microsoft means that many global
companies will likely now consider CarbonSystem for their future
sustainability tracking and managing needs.
Based in Australia, CarbonSystems has leveraged its Australian
success to enter the market in the United States in the last several
years. Other customers include AzkoNobel, Canon, Deloitte and
Meanwhile, Microsoft’s decision to invest in supported, enterprise
software instead of using spreadsheets dramatically and decisively ends
the debate about whether spreadsheets are sufficient for tracking
sustainability data for large companies.
In an article back in July, I argued that it was time to give up spreadsheets for tracking carbon emissions
at large companies. Technical purists disagreed, writing emails and
posts that hailed the merits of spreadsheets and newer capabilities of
If the world-leading developer of spreadsheets and portal software
decides that spreadsheets don’t make sense for tracking and reporting
sustainability data, then the argument is over.
Since Microsoft has stopped using spreadsheets to track and report emissions, so should all other large companies.
Congratulations to CarbonSystems.