How Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability Will Help the Las Vegas Raiders

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In response to increasing pressure from consumers and regulators for businesses to define and measure sustainability metrics, Microsoft is launching a software-as-a-service (SaaS) tool to help companies not only tick these boxes, but also to take.

On June 1, the company will launch its Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability† The NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, an early client, have already used the platform for sustainability goals and are seeing promising results. In partnership with Microsoft, the Raiders organization has obtained LEED Gold certification for its stadium.

Using Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability, engineers working for the Raiders can access the platform and all metrics through an app on their smartphones, as it is built in the cloud. The app allows the technicians to track energy, water and waste stats and usage, as well as keep track of electrical HVAC usage – which would generally take a lot of energy and time for a professional sports team in the desert.

And as the SEC plans to implement new sustainability reporting requirements, companies across industries, regardless of size, will need to prioritize.

“If you’re a listed company, that’s important to the capital markets. Regulators care and you will be judged and held accountable for it [reporting] revelations. Making sure that end-to-end data integrity and quality of your underlying data and then the output and the reports is really critical and our tool can do that,” Elisabeth Brinton, Corporate Vice President of Sustainability at Microsoft, told VentureBeat . “The Control Sand Sustainability Manager tool gives you that clear basis for emissions about your company’s carbon footprint in an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand format that leverages the best of Microsoft technology.”

Measuring sustainability figures

Measuring a company’s carbon footprint and sustainability metrics is no easy task. It requires various integrations, monitoring and taking all that data and turning it into actionable steps forward. As Brinton puts it, realizing the results of sustainability monitoring is an entirely different process — one that requires strong collaboration between Microsoft and its customers to execute.

Microsoft and the Raiders teamed up to align Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability with their project needs and sustainability goals. For example, Microsoft has worked with the team to build custom machine learning technology that will help their engineering and operations teams make better use of their sustainability metrics dashboard in the platform. It analyzes weather data and can then adjust for optimal energy efficiency to regulate the temperature in the stadium.

“With Microsoft’s help, we have proven that our cooling installation is not only the most efficient installation in this part of the country, but is also very cheap to run. Now we have a lot of supporting evidence of this to demonstrate that and ultimately that’s what we want to do,” said Joe Wright, chief engineer at Allegiant Stadium – the home of the Raiders.

“And with Microsoft and the BI tools they’ve built for us, we’re able to capture this data in the right way and show what we’re doing and make sure people understand that we’re doing our part sustainably.” and ensure that we create not only a sustainable but also an efficient facility.”

Companies that adopt Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability get a tool, but also a partnership. The SaaS platform is built on four main pillars:

Unifying data intelligenceReducing the operational and environmental footprint of a company’s processes, buildings, etc.Creating a more sustainable value chain, especially understanding scope 3 emissions dataBuilding a more sustainable IT infrastructure to support the scope 1 and scope 2 tackle a company’s emissions

Once a company like the Raiders uses the tool, it can work closely with Microsoft to customize parts of the dashboard, leverage tools such as data visualization tools, IoT and digital twins for more advanced measurement and simulation capabilities, and more.

“Part of our goal is to use data science so that our customers can have the credibility and trust of their customers,” said Brinton. “Organizations want to do their part. Our Cloud for Sustainability cuts through the noise of polarization and opinion. Microsoft takes a stance to be fact-based, neutral, positive and contribute.”

The platform itself is built on top of Azure and combines several core Microsoft components from other technologies, including practical data visualization tools, elements of Excel, Microsoft software graphics, and sustainability drivers underneath. All of these combine and are supported by a first-party IP scalable data lake – which Microsoft has added to this offering for acute measurement of both detailed data and input data – the lake allows users to dig deeper into and explore insights from a data science perspective and turn it into actionable steps towards sustainability goals. Because it’s all built on Azure, security and scalability features are already in the foundation of the platform, so customers can use them when they need them.

Ensuring sustainability in the company

Microsoft does more than talk, the company has more than a decade of experience in sustainable transformation and recently pledged to carbon negative With that as a foundation, companies of all sizes that adopt Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability get a business intelligence platform to guide them, as well as experts who have been “be there, done that”, which can be particularly helpful for startups or companies that have been around for a long time, but have yet to get started on their own sustainability paths.

“What sets Microsoft apart is that we’ve been on a real and genuine sustainability journey for over a decade. And it’s complex… Learning from that, we put that knowledge and expertise in our product in the Cloud for Sustainability,” said Brinton. “It is a combination of software excellence, built on the Microsoft stack, combined with a ten-year sustainability journey and a commitment to the future. This is not only the fashionable of the moment. This is actually based on science and content.”

Businesses and businesses of all sizes will be able to take advantage of the tool once it becomes generally available. Brinton said no matter where a company is on its sustainability journey, the Cloud for Sustainability can propel its customers further to achieve those goals.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s a huge global venture or a newer company — I’m sure it will become a unicorn one day — we can help our customers on that sustainability journey,” she said.

Once Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability is generally available, the company plans to further refine its measurement and reporting capabilities for energy, water and waste statistics and plans to monitor new sustainability regulations and requirements as they become available. come to light so that the platform can continue to support customers in a meaningful way.

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