Hear from thought-provoking speakers. Join discussions on critical topics in this fast-moving market. Gain insights on the changes for today’s and tomorrow’s utilities, and how analytics can help utilities adapt to those changes, and even embrace them.
Build your professional network at this intimate strategic conference. Expect a balance of networking and learning while exploring the business and strategic implications data is having on grid analytics, customer analytics and analytics infrastructure.
Stay current on what’s happening from utility C-level panels who provided insight from the corner office of how analytics drives business and positively impacts ROI.
Member Reception – (Institute Members Only)
Executive Advisory Committee & Working Group Meetings
Executive Advisory Committee & Working Group Lunch
Datawatch Welcome Reception
Breakfast & Networking
Session Block 1
During the second half of this session, we’ll introduce Design Thinking—a proven and repeatable problem-solving approach—where you will learn ways to enable the lines of business to realize a higher value with analytics. The session promises to be engaging, thought-provoking, and will give you a fresh new way to push through some of your organization’s challenges.
Have your forecasting priorities kept up with your smart grid investments? New meter data, expanding renewables and increasing prosumers, combined with volatile weather and energy markets, is putting pressure on utility forecasters.
Existing experts are called on to address electric vehicle adoption, weather predictions, renewable penetration, solar output and more. However, many utilities face a pinch in forecasting resources. As a result, improving forecast efficiency has been highlighted as one of the most salient applications of analytics that can demonstrate a return to the business today.
Attend this session to hear how utility management is addressing the challenge and opportunity of forecasting. This session will cover topics including:
• Why Forecasting is no longer an easy problem to solve
• Impact on the bottom line financials
• Efficiency improvements between OT/IT
• A corporate journey to improve forecasting (utility case study)
Session Block 2
Session Block 3
Breakfast & Networking
As the utilities industry is struggling with how to tame and harness the growing volumes of data through the power of analytics, there are some fundamental questions that help in approaching the beast:
• Understanding the data challenges
This panel presentation offers insight into how utilities with differing structures—regulated, de-regulated, and municipal—are addressing these questions to inform the strategic use of analytics in their organizations.
We will close out the session with a brief Q&A to allow attendees to ask questions directly to the panelists.
Session Block 4
Historically, the topology of information technologies employed by Utility companies has been developed within a business unit, supplier, technology platform or other organizational silo for a specific, limited use, often without regard for how the information could be used across the business or processes. For example, ERP systems housing corporate financial, inventory, and HR information often perform their functions as systems of record through hard coded routines. While these systems of record serve their intended purpose, the boundaries between technologies and organizations have erected barriers that inhibit the flexibility required to become more agile, efficient and competitive. Attempts to build bridges between organizational and technological boundaries have led to a weave of point-to-point connections and file transfers that have produced a complex system of “spaghetti” that is hard to maintain, often unreliable, and certainly inflexible.
Leading firms are undertaking strategic initiatives to transform their information infrastructures and technology platforms that move them toward becoming Digital Enterprises. To achieve the benefits of the Digital Enterprise – speed, efficiency, regulatory compliance assurance, and organizational agility; Utilities require flexible connections which deliver the capability to perform analytics across technology platforms and organizations. How can this goal be achieved to deliver the value, flexibility and competitive advantage sought by today’s Utility firms? This talk explores the path Utility companies are taking in becoming Digital Enterprises.
Session Block 5
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