Data Center Essentials for Executives: A Beginner's Guide - Self Study


Author: Jonathan Koomey, Ph.D.

Subjects: Other Technology: Business, Other Technology: Data Centers

Length: 1 module


In the 21st century, all companies are information technology (IT) companies. Most just don’t know it yet. Jon Koomey helps executives modernize their IT organizations to speed up innovation, reduce costs, and increase revenue.

In this short course, Jon boils down what he’s learned as one of the top international experts on data center efficiency, economics, and management. The course provides context and suggests concrete actions for executives who want to turn their IT operations into a cost-reducing profit center.

Enjoy a 46-minute lecture, readings, case study resources, and a 35 minute supplemental video illustrating key points in the lecture


Transform your IT from a cost center to a cost-reducing profit center.

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Jonathan Koomey, Ph.D.

Jonathan Koomey is a Research Fellow at the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University. He has also held visiting professorships at Yale University (Fall 2009), Stanford University (2003-4 and Fall 2008), and the University of California, Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group (Fall 2011), and was a Lecturer in Management at Stanford’s...[more]

Course Outline

Lecture Video and Supplemental Video/Reading Resources

Watch the 46-minute lecture on data center essentials for executives and access video and reading resources.

  • Lecture - Data Center Essentials for Executives: A Beginner's Guide (46 minutes) (Video)
  • Watch Dean Nelson's Talk (Resource)
  • Read the Stanford eBay Case Study (Download .pdf)
  • Read "Bringing Enterprise Computing into the 21st Century: A Management and Sustainability Challenge" (Resource)
  • Read "Use IT to Transform IT" (Resource)
  • Read "Modeling the Modern Facility" (Resource)
  • Read "The Science of Measurement" (Resource)

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