Enterprise Sustainability Management –
Proactive, Global Information Strategy is a New Business Imperative

This event was recorded on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. Register below to view the recording.

The exact meaning of “sustainability” varies from one organization to another depending on their line of business and circumstances. Even within a single organization, different departments and stakeholders often have different perspectives and priorities. But experts see signs of a new historic trend in the way that industry leaders pursue their goals through more effective management of sustainability information.

Companies around the world are gravitating toward a unified strategy for Enterprise Sustainability Management (ESM) that standardizes and consolidates a broad spectrum of data and workflows across the organization. They are using this holistic approach to address proliferating challenges in environmental, health and safety, operational risk management, product stewardship, energy, carbon, and beyond. Successful companies are integrating sustainability initiatives from all of these areas into core business operations in order to drive operational excellence.

Join us for this live webcast to hear the results of an independent research study into the emergence of ESM. Then listen as a panel of experts discusses their first-hand experiences in helping companies from a variety of industries and regions leverage ESM into a new competitive advantage.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • What is Enterprise Sustainability Management and what business benefits does it deliver?
  • How have companies traditionally managed sustainability information and processes?
  • Who are today’s stakeholders and how have demands for sustainability information changed?
  • Why is convergence of cross-functional management systems becoming essential to competitiveness?
  • Which resources and capabilities are most essential to the success of an ESM strategy?

Speaker: Matthew Littlefield, President and Principal Analyst at LNS Research


  • Vijay Gudivaka, Global Managing Partner of ERM Information Solutions
  • Andrew Fanara, Chief Sustainability Strategist, OSIsoft LLC
  • Jeff Ladner, Senior Director – EHS & Sustainability Solutions, IHS

Register now! Don’t miss this opportunity to discover how a unified ESM strategy can help your organization achieve its operational and financial performance goals.


Matthew Littlefield, President and Principal Analyst at LNS Research, founded the firm in August of 2011. His personal coverage areas include the topics of Enterprise Quality Management Software, Manufacturing Operations Management, Asset Performance Management, Sustainability, and Industrial Automation 2.0. Mr. Littlefield is a recognized industry expert -- contributing to the LNS Research blog and other industry publications. Before founding LNS Research, Mr. Littlefield spent the previous five years as a Senior Analyst for the Aberdeen Group and led the Global Manufacturing Research practice. While at Aberdeen, he authored hundreds of thought leadership research reports and frequently spoke at industry leading events. Prior to joining the Aberdeen Group, Mr. Littlefield spent five years working for multi-billion dollar manufacturers (Unilever, HP Hood) in both engineering and shop-floor management roles.

Vijay Gudivaka, Global Managing Partner of ERM Information Solutions, is a member of ERM’s Global Senior Partner Group. ERM is a 4,300-person, $600MM Sustainability & Health, Environmental, and Safety consulting firm with operations in over 40 countries.
Mr. Gudivaka leverages over 20 years of sustainability/HES and IT consulting expertise to advise clients through all phases of sustainability/HES performance, compliance, and risk management - strategy, benchmarking, business case development, financial planning, systems selection, design, implementation, and integration with other enterprise-wide systems. He has worked on large-scale programs across the world in a variety of sectors. Mr. Gudivaka has a B.E. and M.S. in Engineering and a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Andrew Fanara, Chief Sustainability Strategist, OSIsoft LLC., Mr. Fanara’s primary role is to assist OSIsoft’s diverse customer base achieve their corporate sustainability objectives by leveraging their use of the PI System, the industry standard in enterprise infrastructure, for management of real-time data and events. In addition, Mr. Fanara plays an active role helping to manage the relationships of its growing number of data center clients. Previously, Mr. Fanara spent 15 years at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, where he was responsible for engaging the high tech community to raise the visibility of the energy efficiency opportunities in data centers. He also led the ENERGY STAR Product Specifications Development Team to identify products with superior energy and water efficiency.

Jeffrey Ladner, IHS Senior Director, EHS and Sustainability Products, is responsible for managing the product roadmap for IHS enterprise software solutions that support efficient and accurate environmental, health, safety (EHS), product stewardship, risk management and sustainability reporting. Mr. Ladner has nearly two decades of experience directing the development of enterprise information management systems that efficiently manage environmental, carbon and energy management, risk management, product stewardship and corporate responsibility solutions. He has established a strong reputation for enabling corporations to develop and execute sustainability strategies through a holistic, integrated view of operational performance. Among his many professional achievements, he led a team effort to develop one of the industry’s first enterprise-wide systems for EHS accounting and reporting.

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