Microsoft Helps Businesses Manage Their Carbon Footprint and Identify Cost-Saving Opportunities

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Microsoft Corp. today
announced the general availability of the Environmental Sustainability
Dashboard for Microsoft Dynamics AX. The new toolset, available to Microsoft
Dynamics AX 2009 customers at no additional charge, will enable midsize
businesses to capture data needed to measure key indicators related to energy
consumption and greenhouse gas emissions as part of everyday business
processes from within their enterprise resource planning solution, helping
them pinpoint ways to cut their energy consumption and costs.

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With the new solution, companies can collect auditable data on four of the
core environmental performance indicators identified by the Global Reporting
Initiative for energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, including
direct on-premise fuel consumption and the carbon footprint of their power
usage with utilities and other vendors. Based on this information,
organizations can monitor their carbon footprint and institute business
practices that are both environmentally and economically sustainable,
minimizing their exposure to fluctuating energy costs, for example.

“Businesses will find new opportunities for cost savings and improving
operational performance by getting a fresh perspective on their operations,”
said Kirill Tatarinov, corporate vice president, Microsoft Business Solutions.
“In many cases, midsize organizations can’t retain dedicated consultants to
audit their environmental performance. By integrating groundbreaking
environmental performance management capabilities with Microsoft Dynamics AX,
we are bringing that critical information directly to customers as part of
their everyday business management.”

The dashboard delivers new functionality that is highly sought after by
customers. In a recent survey of 130 IT procurement and operational
professionals by Forrester Research Inc., 55 percent expressed interest in
reducing energy-related expenses, and 50 percent expressed interest in doing
the right thing for the environment. (“Five Steps to Building a Recession-
Proof Packaged Applications Strategy,” Forrester Research, December 2008).

The new dashboard harnesses Microsoft Dynamics’ groundbreaking
RoleTailored design, which equips employees with a personalized Role Center
based on the information they need to do their job. The dashboard itself
serves as the environmental manager’s Role Center, delivering the information
crucial to performing that job. Furthermore, these reports can be easily
surfaced within employees’ individual Role Centers within Microsoft Dynamics
AX 2009 or other familiar productivity tools, such as Microsoft Office
SharePoint Server. This allows organizations to increase their internal
transparency, drive employee engagement and rapidly raise awareness of
environmental initiatives, and propagates green practices and frugal energy
usage companywide, embedding them firmly in organizational culture.

“The Microsoft Dynamics Environmental Sustainability Dashboard will allow
us to drill down into our energy consumption and overall environmental
performance with far greater precision,” said George Bock, vice president of
Information Technology at Sole Technology Inc., based in Lake Forest, Calif.
“This will give us a powerful tool to make a positive impact on both the
planet and our bottom line.”

Today’s announcements deliver on Microsoft’s broad-based commitment to
harnessing the power of innovative software to promote environmentally
sustainable business practices.

“The Environmental Sustainability Dashboard for Microsoft Dynamics AX
helps companies address one of the biggest challenges facing business today —
the need to gather and track environmental data,” said Rob Bernard, chief
environmental strategist at Microsoft. “Equipped with this information,
companies will be able to make decisions that benefit both their bottom line
and the environment.

“The dashboard not only improves business operations, but it also allows
organizations to comply with the emerging regulatory environment and satisfy
demands from customers and supply chain partners for greater transparency,”
Bernard said. “Customers are increasingly challenged with ways to do good for
both their bottom line and the environment and we are thrilled to be able to
offer a new set of tools to help them meet both objectives.”

Microsoft today also released detailed instructions on how businesses can
implement environmental management accounting principles within Microsoft
Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics NAV to gain greater visibility into their
environmental footprint. The resource complements Environmental Management
Accounting Guidance issued for Microsoft Dynamics AX in July 2008.

Today’s release enables Microsoft Dynamics partners to expand their
business offerings. Comprehensive guidance, available with the dashboard,
walks partners and customers through how they can work together to create a
greenhouse gas inventory to determine a company’s emissions, a typically
challenging and complex process.

About Microsoft Dynamics

Microsoft Dynamics is a line of financial, customer relationship and
supply chain management solutions that helps businesses work more effectively.
Delivered through a network of channel partners providing specialized
services, these integrated, adaptable business management solutions work like
and with familiar Microsoft software to streamline processes across an entire
business.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.

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