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It's 2013, Has Your Organization Gone Green Yet?

By  Erik Raper Erik Raper  on 2013-06-07 07:11:00  |  Featured in  Communications , Advisory Services
Erik Raper
Posted By Erik Raper
in Communications in Advisory Services
on 2013-06-07 07:11:00

Going green has been a huge trend in recent years, and there are many business process optimization practices that can be put into place to make a company greener while saving time and money from the annual budget. The best part is that many of these practices are easy to integrate into your company’s current structure, if you know the right way to go about it. Since so many businesses are going green, there are even business consulting services aimed specifically at putting such efficient, environmentally friendly initiatives into place. If you’re looking for ways to improve your company’s efforts to go green in 2013, the following information should be of some help.

Optimization for Business and the Environment

There are many green practices that also help optimize businesses processes, such as switching to a paperless content management system. There is a plethora of ways to streamline your business operations and clean up your application environment while also helping to clean up the Earth’s environment by reducing waste and cutting back on inefficiencies. While you strive for better regulatory compliance and business efficiency, you can also reduce the costs of operating your infrastructure and make your organization more effective overall. Automated digital workflow systems are excellent for reducing paperwork, waste, inefficiency and redundancy in companies and organizations that file a great number of documents on a daily basis. If you don’t know where to start, an advisory consulting firm can help. Your consultant or advisory team can assist you in the planning, implementation and maintenance of a set of optimized business processes that achieve all these goals and more.

Going Green for Public Relations Purposes

Just as you can become more efficient and effective by going green, you can also become more attractive to consumers if you make your organization’s environmentally friendly practices known to the public. Advisory consulting services can help you put cost-effective, eco-friendly, efficient practice in place that help you become a leaner, meaner, stronger company with a reputation for caring about the environment. With so many people making changes to reduce their carbon footprint and make a smaller impact on the environment, like carpooling and recycling, consumers now expect the companies they do business with to do the same. Going green helps companies gain respect in the community and build a good reputation by protecting the environment that protects us all. Since consumers are more savvy than ever before, people want to know that the enterprises they spend their hard-earned money with are honest, responsible, reliable and doing the right thing.

When it comes down to it, there are many ways to implement a business process optimization overhaul to give your company a green reputation while improving your bottom line. Many of the best business optimization practices also help save the environment, such as going paperless with an enterprise content management system and reducing inefficiencies within the company’s infrastructure. At the same time that companies are going green, they are also going to help save time and money when they implement these practices. Contacting an advisory consulting firm with a substantial amount of experience in optimizing their clients’ business processes may be the best way to get started. With the help of a consultant, it’s possible to restructure the way you do business to be more environmentally friendly, from the products you choose to the ways in which you manage your data, without costing an arm and a leg or wasting your precious time. At the end of the day, it’s a win-win-win for the environment, the consumer and your organization. The sooner you get started, the sooner your business can see the benefits.

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Erik Raper heads Paragon’s Marketing and Advisory Services teams across focused industries. In this role, Mr. Raper leads his team to bring deep industry experience, rigorous analytical capabilities and a pragmatic mindset to clients’ most complex business problems. Mr. Raper’s team of marketing and strategy professionals work with Paragon’s Industry Leaders in the development of key go-to-market solutions which align to Paragon strengths and are essential to achieving clients’ business imperatives.

Before being appointed to his current position, Mr. Raper has served several key roles at Paragon including Director of Strategic Solutions Sales, Vice President of Strategy, and leader of Advisory Services. Mr. Raper guided the development of a suite of straight-through-processing (STP) solutions that focused on delivering business value–expanding Paragon’s Fortune 500 clientele and establishing the foundation for the firm’s brand platform: "Improving the Way Work Gets Done."

Prior to his appointment at Paragon in 2004, Mr. Raper spent seven years with Prudential Financial. As a vice president, he was instrumental in leading Prudential through a major operations and technology re-engineering in support of the company’s initial public offering. Preceding his employment with Prudential, he spent seven years with AT&T in various Marketing and Strategic Planning positions.

Mr. Raper holds a B.A. in Marketing from Columbus University, Metairie, Louisiana.

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