As companies adopt IT solutions to save money & improve efficiency, they’re discovering that technologies bring significant environmental benefits as well, such as reductions in energy consumption, travel & carbon emissions. Microsoft’s helping achieve these goals through variety of techs. Some reduce paper usage, some make computing more energy-efficient, and others provide alternatives to using fossil fuels, but overall goals are to help businesses run efficiently to help planet run more sustainably. “For e.g., moving away from paper-based business systems not only reduces costs, but cuts down on environmental waste. That’s what Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, with more than 1,100 lawyers in 22 offices worldwide adopted Office SharePoint Server 2007 to help “dematerialize” many of its operations. Before installing SharePoint Server, firm had to deliver paper documents to firm’s many signatories via mail or couriers. Without that step, contracts couldn’t be finalized. In addition to distribution costs & slow turnaround times, firm had to maintain huge file rooms. Now, an extranet based on SharePoint Server, along with digital signing platform, has largely eliminated this headache. Orrick integrated Workshare Document Control, an enterprise server-based component, into Office SharePoint Server 2007. Now, at any point in document-approval process, a reviewer accessing a document on Orrick’s extranet can make revisions and use legal blacklining features of Workshare’s service to see and audit exactly how the document has been changed, and by whom, since the original version was created. With this new system, Orrick saves about $1.1 million per year and uses less paper in the process,” stated Microsoft.
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