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Many utilities still operate their back office information technology (IT) in separate “silos” that are poorly integrated. Now the electric power industry is turning its attention to creating the same kind of “enterprise class” systems that have been popular in other industries for the past two decades. The Smart Grid build out will require many utilities to invest heavily in modernizing their back office operations – and as you’ll learn in this section, some familiar names from the computing industry are offering high-power technologies custom-tailored for them.

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Grid security: Why it may be safer to switch our control centers to the cloud

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid security, control center security, cloud computing, smart grid research
A lot of utility professionals may scoff at the thought of moving control center functions to the cloud, but one group of researchers believes it could be a way to protect critical systems and keep the electric grid up and running. Take a look at our brief summary to find out why.

Smart grid wins: Opower files for IPO (and much more news of the week)

smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid projects, financing, IT, renewables, smart meters, transmission
It’s been yet another big week for smart grid projects and developments, not to mention interesting news on renewable energy company First Wind’s infusion of cash and Opower’s long-rumored IPO. Click for details on those stories and other news from a variety of smart grid companies.

Is Big Data the Next Next Thing?

smart grid, smart grid technology, analytics, Big Data, Next Next Thing, smart grid trends, electric utilities
What’s the Next Next Thing? It’s that development, concept, technology or something else that could mean a major shift in the evolution of smart grid within the next few years. And it’s just over the horizon where we can’t quite see it yet. We asked knowledgeable industry professionals to share their insights on what the Next Next Thing might be and why. We’re kicking off the series with their takes on Big Data.

Solving the utility workforce crisis: a fresh approach from PwC

Smart grid, smart grid strategy, utility workforce management, workforce crisis, electric utilities
If you ask utility execs what gives them nightmares, workforce stability is likely to be somewhere near the top of the list. Older, skilled employees are retiring at an increasing rate as the economy improves, and there are just not enough skilled replacements to go around. PwC offers some concrete, direct solutions to get workforce management on track and in tune with the times.

Biggest concern for data center managers? Energy efficiency

Smart grid, smart grid technology, data centers, energy efficiency, critical issues
Data centers have become one of the largest consumers of electric power, and they’re getting bigger to meet growing consumer demand for services. A recent survey says data center managers are on a continuous and urgent quest to find ways to cut costs and boost energy efficiency.

Smart grid wins: first major U.S. transmission project in decades (and more)

Smart grid, smart grid technology, transmission, IT, energy management, customer information systems, electric utilities, smart grid vendors
As always, there is a lot of variety in this week’s collection of smart grid wins, including the first major U.S. transmission project in decades, grid modernization, energy and workforce management, customer information systems and a prestigious award for EnerNex and NIST.

Gartner messed up? What utilities need to know about workforce management

Smart grid, smart grid technology, workforce management, smart grid strategy, Gartner, Inc., electric utilities
While Gartner Inc. has a long history and remains one of the most respected IT research and advisory firms, we think they missed the mark with a recent analysis of workforce management. Read the story, download the free report and see what you think.

Grappling with data? You may be overlooking your GIS system

Smart grid, smart grid technology, GIS, geographic information systems, smart grid strategy, electric utilities
It’s no secret that Big Data is a major challenge for utilities that want to take advantage of the wealth of information it contains, but aren’t sure how to get at it. Bill Meehan of Esri suggests the answers to their questions are readily available with a tool they already have: GIS mapping. He explains inside.

Smart grid solutions for data centers (can you say "self-healing?")

Smart grid, smart grid technology, data analytics, MDM, data centers, smart grid strategy, electric utilities
Data centers use a staggering amount of power, and they’re getting bigger to meet growing demand. Troy Miller of S&C Electric Company explains why the traditional electrical systems that support them need to change. And he offers some solid recommendations on where to start.

Better late than never: Intel sets sights on smart grid market

Smart grid, smart grid companies, smart grid technologies, Intel, Alstom, partnerships
It took Intel a long time to get serious about the smart grid market, but now the company is partnering with Alstom to develop solutions and technologies for smart grids and smart cities. The companies have collaborated on projects in recent years, so the partnership seems like a natural progression.

IT/OT convergence best practices webinar presentation materials

Download the presentation materials used in the Aug. 21, 2013 Lessons from the Real World webinar on best practices in IT/OT convergence.

IT / OT Convergence - realizing the benefits of a connected enterprise

Michael Sing, Schneider Electric’s Marketing Director of Mining Metals and Minerals, explains the importance and benefits of IT-OT convergence. Yes, he comes from a very different industry, but his take on the real relevance and importance of the connected enterprise will be interesting reading for electric utility professionals.

As he notes, the transformation to IT-OT convergence is not an isolated occurrence: the organization’s structure, processes, procedures and more need to change to realize the full benefits.

How to prepare for IT-OT convergence (and what to expect)

Utilities throughout the world are gearing up to integrate IT and OT as it becomes increasingly clear that convergence is necessary for maintaining utility operations. Our upcoming Lessons from the Real World webinar on IT-OT convergence will feature discussions on best practices, the challenges faced in getting the job done and, of course, the steps to take to get it done right.

Best practices for IT-OT convergence

Smart grid, smart grid technologies, IT-OT convergence, IT and back office, smart grid strategy, Smart Grid News webinar, electric utilities
Utilities throughout the world are gearing up to integrate IT and OT as it becomes increasingly clear that convergence is an absolute necessity for maintaining utility operations. Now is your chance to register for our Smart Grid News Lessons from the Real World webinar on IT-OT convergence. It’s set for Wednesday, August 21.

Big Data lessons from the EPRI Smart Distribution and Power Quality Conference

Smart grid, smart grid technology, data analytics, Big Data, Electric Power Research Institute, electric utilities, IT and back office
How to deal with Big Data has floated to somewhere near the top of the list of issues utilities are working with, or trying to work with. EPRI’s Jeff Stevenson shares “must read” discussions from a recent conference on smart distribution and power quality.

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