Evergy has been on a short, but long journey when it comes to data and analytics from investing in innovative technologies, democratizing data and focusing on partnerships to leveraging data insights. Kevin and Charles will discuss Evergy’s starting point as a charter member of UAI to the most recent evolution of distributed centers of excellence with centralized technology enablement. Navigating a merger and consolidations, remote working model post Covid, and a more recent definition of a future digital operating model between IT and the business and how analytics has played a key role. The journey has certainly not been a straight line, but data is seen as the foundation for future operations, customer capabilities, and the foundation for more pervasive automation and decision-making. Kevin and Charles will touch on organizational models, accessibility of data, importance of data quality, and workforce of the future. The journey will continue, but data has broad-based consensus as a foundation for both enabling digital tools, automation and being a valuable product from analytics to make near real time data-driven decisions.