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Software renting - Better business, better environment: The case of application service providing (ASP)

  • Andrius Plepys
Publishing year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 53-58
Publication/Series: IEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment
Document type: Conference paper
Publisher: IEEE--Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.

Abstract english

The author analyses the business model of Application Service Provider (ASP) as a less material intensive alternative to traditional computing - a promising example of ICT sector dematerialisation. The article compares the ASP vs. traditional computing models from environmental and business perspectives. The ASP service model has a potential to provide both economic and environmental benefits. By using the results from the available life cycle studies on personal computers the author conducts a rough analysis of the environmental gains from using the ASP model. The key environmental benefits derive from using a "lighter" hardware such as thin clients and the possibilities to extend its lifetime. The conclusions show that there are several groups of barriers: technical, cultural, knowledge, economic and legal barriers that can be addressed by different actors. Companies can overcome some of those barriers, but the issues of property and privacy right protection; anti-trust legislation, standardisation and infrastructure development have to be addressed by government. ASP stakeholders can find it interesting to identify and exploit the potential environmental benefits of ICT outsourcing.


  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Resource efficiency
  • Software renting
  • Application service providers
  • Lifetime extension


2002 IEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment
  • ISBN: 0-7803-7214-X
Andrius Plepys
E-mail: andrius [dot] plepys [at] iiiee [dot] lu [dot] se

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