Remember Susan -- my colleague with the 1930 Pontiac Coupe? Recently, on a conference call, she lost all connectivity because of a power outage. She passionately expressed her frustration in our subsequent conversations. Her electric utility company would have recorded and processed her complaints -- if they were ready to process such unstructured data. But, did they? Are utility companies in the Energy sector ready to change the game by processing such data today?
So, I work out of my home office which faces our backyard with a lot of greenery and shrubs – something refreshing to look at and rejuvenate ourselves during a work day. However, once in a while, my eyes do glance down at the meter next to the air-conditioning unit that tracks the energy consumption in our household on a regular basis. In the past, the technician from the utility company would pay a monthly visit to get the readings. However, this is not the case anymore. You see – our electric company is now smarter – they have smart meters which send data at a much higher frequency than man ever collected such information. However, is our electric company geared up to handle this onslaught of data? I wonder.
When you flip the switch, do you always achieve ‘power on’? Around the world, utilities are working to deliver reliable services while safeguarding their infrastructures’ security, coping with aging assets and struggling to deliver shareholder returns in an ever-changing regulatory environment. Technology can manage the avalanche of data from smart grids, improve the security and infrastructure of utilities, bend the cost curve, and empower consumers. What are the top five factors effecting the modern utility today?
Remember those pictures in comic books where you would have a collection of dots with numbers and you would connect the right dots in sequence -- and lo and behold, there was a picture of your favorite movie or cartoon character. This is what I am reminded of when I read the article Mobility and its ecosystem, the keys to delivering personalized healthcare in the HP Industry Edge, Health & Life Sciences edition. This article details how various technologies and paradigms complement and augment mobility to lead us into the world of an improved end-to-end patient experience.
Of late, I have become an avid reader of the HP Industry Edge ezines. I have shared my ezine experiences in multiple blog posts recently including those on Financial Services and Health Care and Life Sciences. This weekend, I perused the one on Communications. The lead article in this edition is Profiting from the new normal in IT and Telecom by David Sliter, vice president and general manager of the Communications, Media and Entertainment (CME) Solutions organization at HP. It also references several case studies on solutions that deliver on outcomes that matter.