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Dude Solutions provides a suite of cloud-based maintenance management applications that provides businesses with centralized requests, automated maintenance workflows and reporting. Asset Essentials is suitable for manufacturers,... Read More
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Dude Solutions provides a suite of cloud-based maintenance management applications that provides businesses with centralized requests, automated maintenance workflows and reporting. Asset Essentials is suitable for manufacturers,... Read More
 
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Axxerion is a cloud-based computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) suitable for any size company in different sectors including real estate, corporate, health care, education, retail, residential, manufacturing, service... Read More
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Axxerion is a cloud-based computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) suitable for any size company in different sectors including real estate, corporate, health care, education, retail, residential, manufacturing, service... Read More
 
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Verisae is a provider of cloud-based solution that helps large retailers automate their maintenance, energy, field service and remote monitoring programs. With Verisae’s vx Maintain, organizations manage the full lifecycle of their... Read More
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Verisae is a provider of cloud-based solution that helps large retailers automate their maintenance, energy, field service and remote monitoring programs. With Verisae’s vx Maintain, organizations manage the full lifecycle of their... Read More
 
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CenterStone from Trimble is a modular system designed to track an organization’s real estate portfolio needs such as space management, facilities management, lease administration and environmental sustainability. Space management... Read More
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CenterStone from Trimble is a modular system designed to track an organization’s real estate portfolio needs such as space management, facilities management, lease administration and environmental sustainability. Space management... Read More
 
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FM:Interact is an integrated suite of cloud-based facility management tools that helps organizations manage space, occupancy, assets, moves, maintenance, leases and property. Through the system, users have access to key facility information... Read More
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FM:Interact is an integrated suite of cloud-based facility management tools that helps organizations manage space, occupancy, assets, moves, maintenance, leases and property. Through the system, users have access to key facility information... Read More

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IBM TRIRIGA is an integrated workplace management solution (IWMS) that includes modules designed to accommodate the needs of operational, financial and environmental performance. Key features include environment and energy management,... Read More
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IBM TRIRIGA is an integrated workplace management solution (IWMS) that includes modules designed to accommodate the needs of operational, financial and environmental performance. Key features include environment and energy management,... Read More
 
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SchoolDude offers maintenance and facilities management software to K-12 public and independent schools, colleges, and universities. SchoolDude designed a robust suite of applications to manage all aspects of maintenance including... Read More
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SchoolDude offers maintenance and facilities management software to K-12 public and independent schools, colleges, and universities. SchoolDude designed a robust suite of applications to manage all aspects of maintenance including... Read More
 
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MAINTIMIZER from Ashcom Technologies is a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) with integrated enterprise asset management (EAM) solution capabilities. The solution comes in three different variants based on their deployment... Read More
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MAINTIMIZER from Ashcom Technologies is a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) with integrated enterprise asset management (EAM) solution capabilities. The solution comes in three different variants based on their deployment... Read More
 
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VFA.facility offers a cloud-based capital planning and management solution with budgeting, project cost estimation, asset management and sustainability functions.
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VFA.facility offers a cloud-based capital planning and management solution with budgeting, project cost estimation, asset management and sustainability functions.
 
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CompWALK is a cloud-based facilities management solution that serves businesses of all sizes across various industries. It helps businesses to automate compliance, inspections and certification operations. With CompWALK, users can... Read More
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CompWALK is a cloud-based facilities management solution that serves businesses of all sizes across various industries. It helps businesses to automate compliance, inspections and certification operations. With CompWALK, users can... Read More

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EnergyElephant is a cloud-based energy monitoring service that helps users track and manage energy consumption. It is suitable for various building types and all industries. EnergyElephant’s bill management feature automatically... Read More
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EnergyElephant is a cloud-based energy monitoring service that helps users track and manage energy consumption. It is suitable for various building types and all industries. EnergyElephant’s bill management feature automatically... Read More
 
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Entronix is a cloud-­based energy management platform that provides consumption monitoring, demand prediction, fault detection and tenant-billing modules in a suite. The platform can be used by small to midsize organizations managing... Read More
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Entronix is a cloud-­based energy management platform that provides consumption monitoring, demand prediction, fault detection and tenant-billing modules in a suite. The platform can be used by small to midsize organizations managing... Read More
 
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eSSETS is a sophisticated asset and CAFM solution that offers accessibility anywhere with its cloud-based platform. This user-friendly solution provides depth to help companies accurately manage thier portfolio.
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eSSETS is a sophisticated asset and CAFM solution that offers accessibility anywhere with its cloud-based platform. This user-friendly solution provides depth to help companies accurately manage thier portfolio.
 
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Wattics is a cloud-based facilities management solution suitable for small to midsize businesses in a variety of industries. Key features include trend analytics, energy monitoring, measurement and verification (M&V), cost allocation... Read More
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Wattics is a cloud-based facilities management solution suitable for small to midsize businesses in a variety of industries. Key features include trend analytics, energy monitoring, measurement and verification (M&V), cost allocation... Read More
 
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DEXCell Energy Manager is a cloud-­based energy management and analytics software platform designed to help energy services companies of all sizes deliver energy usage data to their clients. Key features include automated reporting,... Read More
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DEXCell Energy Manager is a cloud-­based energy management and analytics software platform designed to help energy services companies of all sizes deliver energy usage data to their clients. Key features include automated reporting,... Read More

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Dude Solutions provides a suite of web-based maintenance management applications that help businesses to streamline maintenance operations with centralized requests, automated maintenance workflow, and simple reporting. MaintenanceEdge... Read More
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Dude Solutions provides a suite of web-based maintenance management applications that help businesses to streamline maintenance operations with centralized requests, automated maintenance workflow, and simple reporting. MaintenanceEdge... Read More
 
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Verisae is a provider of cloud-based solution that helps large retailers automate their maintenance, energy, field service and remote monitoring programs. With Verisae’s vx Maintain, organizations manage the full lifecycle of their... Read More
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Verisae is a provider of cloud-based solution that helps large retailers automate their maintenance, energy, field service and remote monitoring programs. With Verisae’s vx Maintain, organizations manage the full lifecycle of their... Read More
 
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BuildingOS is a cloud-based facilities management system suitable for businesses of all sizes in industries such as education, government, retail and hospitality. BuildingOS offers tools to help users manage building maintenance, assets... Read More
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BuildingOS is a cloud-based facilities management system suitable for businesses of all sizes in industries such as education, government, retail and hospitality. BuildingOS offers tools to help users manage building maintenance, assets... Read More
 
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CAFM Explorer by McLaren Software is a leading, end-to-end facilities management product that combines a help desk, space planning, preventive maintenance, asset management and more into a single solution.  CAFM Explorer allows users... Read More
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CAFM Explorer by McLaren Software is a leading, end-to-end facilities management product that combines a help desk, space planning, preventive maintenance, asset management and more into a single solution.  CAFM Explorer allows users... Read More
 
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Infor EAM solutions provide an enterprise asset management solution for companies in a variety of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, distribution, government entities, energy and service organizations. The solution helps... Read More
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Infor EAM solutions provide an enterprise asset management solution for companies in a variety of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, distribution, government entities, energy and service organizations. The solution helps... Read More
 

Buyer's Guide

by Taylor Short,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: April 14, 2018


A wide variety of companies use sustainability software to minimize their impact on the environment.

By measuring and managing operations, manufacturers, fleets, utilities, governments, real estate companies and other organizations can reduce their carbon footprints and responsibly preserve the environment and the well-being of their company.

Several vendors offer solutions to manage sustainability performance—This guide will educate buyers on important considerations before making a decision.

We'll cover the following:

What Is Sustainability Software?
Common Features of Sustainability Software
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Related Software
Market Trends to Understand

What Is Sustainability Software?

Sustainability software helps companies manage all the data produced through their operations—from manufacturing, building maintenance, fleet management etc.—to evaluate their sustainability and impact on the environment.

To achieve this, massive amounts of data must be collected about utility bills, facility energy and water usage, fuel costs and other sources. Software analyzes this data to provide performance management dashboards and benchmarks to optimize efficiency, remain compliant to regulations and maintain corporate responsibility.

Sustainability is a practice that can offer long-term foresight into an organization's health and longevity, but also shows a commitment to social responsibility—thriving as a business while leaving the environment better for future generations.

Common Features of Sustainability Software

Several advanced features are included in sustainability software to gather and analyze data and perform audits. These may include:

Data retrieval Solutions offer multiple ways to collect data: importing bills directly from a utility, connecting to energy meters, monitoring carbon emissions and providing integrations with other systems in the enterprise.
Performance management Refers to any features that analyze data to reveal how a company's sustainability practices are working. Key aspects include access to customizable dashboards and benchmarking, which compares an organization's sustainability or energy management performance against established guidelines or other companies.
Normalization Normalization helps to find averages in, for example, weather, so that changes in temperature each year can be accounted for. In facilities management, occupancy can also be normalized to show how tenants or employees impact energy usage so companies can budget and forecast more accurately.
Compliance management Tracks initiatives designed to help companies meet regulatory demands for energy use, waste reduction or carbon emissions. By creating a trail of actions and results, internal or external audits are made easier with templates that quickly prove compliance.
Document management Store all of your relevant documents about sustainability practices, such as reports, audit sheets, equipment/facility documents and more for easy retrieval.
Reporting Generate reports on any utility or energy usage or costs associated with sustainability programs to spot trends or inefficiencies.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Sustainability software is used by many different types of professionals. Some of these include:

  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR) managers are becoming common now that companies are more aware and concerned about how their operations and practices impact the environment. These professionals manage internal and external initiatives, using sustainability software to assign tasks, track performance and produce reports to convey success of programs.
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  • Supply chain managers have the unique challenge of sourcing materials and labor from various suppliers and vendors globally, and in doing so, are concerned with a long list of external factors that can impact their efficiency—scarcity of resources, climate, conflicts etc. Software can help ensure their supply chain is sustainable as well as ethical, avoiding negative impacts from their methods of procuring resources by alerting users of important sustainability data about suppliers.
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  • Environmental health and safety managers are advocates for employees and the environment, and work to ensure safe, sustainable working conditions, as well as preventing damage to the environment by organizations. They also help companies follow carbon emission, waste and safety regulations, and use sustainability software to gather data and produce reports to provide compliance.
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  • Facilities managers need to monitor energy use in their buildings, which involves gathering data from disparate systems across the organization to identify where energy is being wasted. By building connections with these building information systems, managers can begin automating operational functions in the facilities with smart technology to optimize energy use. They can track this progress with sustainability software as part of their technology stack.

Related Software

Energy management software is closely related to sustainability solutions, but focuses on tracking the energy usage and waste management aspect of sustainability programs. A major benefit of these systems is to analyze and identify areas of improvement.

UtilityTrac from FacilityDude offers customizable dashboards

UtilityTrac from FacilityDude offers customizable dashboards

Environmental, health and safety (EHS) solutions include three key functional areas: environmental management for sustainability and compliance reporting, health management to monitor occupational and industrial environments and safety management to track incidents on the job.

An integrated workforce management system (IWMS) is a combination of five different systems, including environmental sustainability functionality, which works similarly to stand-alone sustainability software, but is integrated with others for a holistic view of energy management.

Market Trends to Understand

Energy management and sustainability continue to be a major challenge globally, and several trends impact how corporations create initiatives:

Simplest small business energy-saving tips. The U.S. Small Business Association regularly offers up-to-date actionable tips that can make a real impact on usage and, thus, costs of energy. Here are some best practices:

  • Install occupancy light sensors to only use lights when needed to save up to 30 percent.
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  • Faucet aerators are cheap and can potentially save thousands of gallons of water each year.
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  • Like light sensors, installing programmable thermostats is one of the most effective energy-saving investments a business can make.

Corporate social responsibility criticism. Even though CSR is a growing aspect of the corporate world, it's actual impact on the environment has come under scrutiny. Many critics claim sustainability initiatives are created, for the most part, to generate positive buzz around a brand.

In 2009, McKinsey offered best practices to ensure companies' efforts are more than PR moves. These are still effective today, and include starting with a long-term commitment, engage employees in the initiatives and communicate impact with the entire organization.

Growth of sustainability investments. Companies around the globe are realizing the benefit and necessity of sustainable practices, not only for their bottom lines but for the planet. We've seen a 33 percent jump in investments for sustainable strategies since 2014—a spend of more than $8 trillion.

 

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