Overview: When Hara came onto the market in 2009, the founder said that it was designed for the “post-carbon economy era.” Hara is now marketed as both an energy management system and a sustainability tool, and was backed with Al Gore’s support. The hosted software application allows enterprises to organize and monitor their water and fuel consumption on a basic dashboard in order to lessen their environmental impact and maintain profits.
Pros: Hara doesn’t just support electricity, it also looks at travel fuel consumption, GHG emissions, and water use. Its interface is extremely user-friendly and breaks down the various types of output in easy to digest terms. It measures the “payback periods” of different environmental projects, as well as letting a company keep tabs on the status of them.
Cons: The CEO of Hara left SAP in order to build the start up, and it shows in that Hara is completely unlike the other module. But while Hara is easy to use, it may too simplistic of an energy management system for some. Its primary focus is on sustainability, which means that companies looking for a cut and dry analysis of how to best allocate their energy resources in order to maximize profit may want to shop around first. Notable Features: One cool thing about Hara is that a company can set up their dashboard with an RSS feed, keeping company and industry news close by as they monitor sustainability. The Project Manager is also an incredibly powerful tool for companies trying to gain rebates or meet green standards. Companies looking for an energy management system can try out Hara free for 30 days.
Data: Hara generates reports for both internal and external stakeholders which can be exported to Excel or CSV. The reports are highly customizable, choosing the range, the activity type, the unit type, and the country. Hara has a search capability to easily find supplier and billing data. This energy management system is a cloud-based software platform, meaning it’s another SaaS.
Verdict: Hara definitely works, considering major corporations like Coca-Cola have adopted it, but it’s very simple. This may be a plus for some companies, but for others it might be a drawback. It takes the best ideas from SAP and reorganizes them around sustainability, so if that is a company’s goal, it’s definitely worth trying the 30 day no-guarantee period. If a company is looking for a more traditional energy management system, they might want to look elsewhere first.
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