Environmental Aspects and Impacts while doing Software Development

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Dear Members,

Can you help me, what are the environmental aspects and impacts while doing software development.


regards, maheswari
 
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#2
Re: Environmental aspect impacts on software development

I can't think of any!


Perhaps Hardware requirements or media storage requirements (at a push).
 

PE-2011

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Re: Environmental aspect impacts on software development

hello,

suppose - developed a tool. the user can operate the same within some stipulated time (there must be stipulation while development). but it is taking more the time specified (considerable time extra taking). thus it is a usage of more electricity and other facilities. So a software developer should take care of the same to prevent unncessary use of unrenewable resources.

I do not know whether I am correct or not.
 

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Re: Environmental aspect impacts on software development

There are all the environmental aspects of occupying a building and employing people: energy consumption, waste water, general waste, consumption of resources (paper etc.).

There are aspects to do with the firmware and method of software delivery.

There are the indirect aspects of the software requiring computing power to run it (cf Microsoft bloatware that requires periodic upgrades or long processing times). There may be other product related aspects but without knowing what the software does I can't say.

Hope this helps.
 
T

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Re: Environmental aspect impacts on software development

hello,

suppose - developed a tool. the user can operate the same within some stipulated time (there must be stipulation while development). but it is taking more the time specified (considerable time extra taking). thus it is a usage of more electricity and other facilities. So a software developer should take care of the same to prevent unncessary use of unrenewable resources.

I do not know whether I am correct or not.

There is no stipulation that I am aware of here...
I don't think you need worry about such things.

In the 'real' sense of the meaning 'environment'; I don't think there are any "aspects or impacts"

The only reason I brought up Hardware and media storage is:

Hardware could be interpreted as the 'environment' upon which the software is installed.

Software back-up (say on a CD) may be effected by external 'environmental' conditions, such-as; temperature or magnet???

In any case, I don't think these examples are appropriate to the term 'environment'.

Interested in others' opinions here though.
 

somashekar

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Re: Environmental aspect impacts on software development

hello,

suppose - developed a tool. the user can operate the same within some stipulated time (there must be stipulation while development). but it is taking more the time specified (considerable time extra taking). thus it is a usage of more electricity and other facilities. So a software developer should take care of the same to prevent unncessary use of unrenewable resources.

I do not know whether I am correct or not.
When you just see the scope of your question it is determination of aspects and impacts in the software development. So it is identification first.
Just look at it as a group of people sitting with a system each and working in a defined area (software or PC games or e-mail or chat or downloading or whatever) which may also have within a small restroom, cafeteria as you have it and are visualizing.
While the output is stated by you which is software development, see and list the various inputs that are used, power, water, paper, battery, printing cartridges, storage devices, what else .... see all and list all. Aspects.
Due to the use of all these that you see and list, what are the things depleted, waste or discards generated and if any emmisions to the air. Example : depletion of natural resource (fuel, water), generation of paper scrap, used battery, electronic wate, See all and list all. Impacts.
Done.
Significant is what, optimizing, eliminating, controling, reducing are the next further steps
 
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