New in SQL Server 2016 – Part 2: Investing in the Already Mature Multidimensional Model

New in SQL Server 2016 – Part 2: Investing in the Already Mature Multidimensional Model

I recently attended Microsoft’s quarterly Minnesota BI User Group Meeting, and I particularly enjoyed learning from Will Weber (a Data Platform Solution Architect at Microsoft) about their upcoming release of SQL Server 2016. This is the second installment in a blog series that will summarize the various additions and enhancements that Microsoft is introducing to their BI stack from the...

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Utility Assistance Programs: A third-party portal can help build a greater community presence

Utility Assistance Programs: A third-party portal can help build a greater community presence

In order to maximize the benefits of a customer assistance program, utilities are looking closer at community involvement. In the article Utility Assistance Programs: Maximizing Outcomes for Both Customers & Utilities we discussed how a utility can increase revenue and decrease bad debt, increase access for low income customers to vital resources (water, electricity and gas), decrease the...

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Salesforce Lightning: Part I – Introduction to the New UX

Salesforce Lightning: Part I – Introduction to the New UX

Months following Dreamforce ‘15, we’re still hearing more than just murmurs about the launch of the new Salesforce Lightning UX. This is the first post in a series of four that will examine the different aspects of Lightning, and to a greater degree, their respective utilities. Given the breadth of what’s made available with Lightning’s features, it only makes sense to break the discussion up...

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Why Should Utilities Use Technology to Drive Efficiency and Protect Water Quality?

Why Should Utilities Use Technology to Drive Efficiency and Protect Water Quality?

Flint, Michigan has become a lightning rod for attention to the financial needs of water infrastructure in the United States. But the financial issue cannot be separated from the needs of proper utility management. The potable water industry was built with a very conservative approach to operations with the protection of public health, and a philosophy of water quality first and foremost.…

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New in SQL Server 2016 – Part 1: A Much Needed Facelift for the Tabular Model

New in SQL Server 2016 – Part 1: A Much Needed Facelift for the Tabular Model

I recently attended Microsoft’s quarterly Minnesota BI User Group Meeting, and I particularly enjoyed learning from Will Weber (a Data Platform Solution Architect at Microsoft) about their upcoming release of SQL Server 2016. This blog series will summarize the various additions and enhancements that Microsoft is introducing to their BI stack from the perspective of a BI developer.…

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Cyber-attack in Ukraine a Red Flag for Power Distribution Networks

Cyber-attack in Ukraine a Red Flag for Power Distribution Networks

‘..the first known power outage caused by hackers and also the most complex cyber-attack on infrastructure to date.’ The Institute of Engineering and Technology, Jan 19, 2016 On December 23, 2015 an outage in Western Ukraine’s Prykarpattya Oblenergo and Kyivoblenergo power distribution networks lost power between three to six hours, affecting between 80,000-700,000 customers.…

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Five Key Takeaways from DistribuTECH 2016

Five Key Takeaways from DistribuTECH 2016

The dust has settled after a great week in Florida at DistribuTECH, where it was once again clear why this is a “can’t miss” event for those within the Energy and Utility space. This year’s theme “Focus on the Future” accurately captured the tone and frame of mind among the thousands of attendees, including a diverse group of Utilities, service and technology providers, product manufacturers...

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Clean Power Plan Advances Another Step Forward

Well, there you have it. Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied a petition by Clean Power Plan opponents, led by fossil fuel industry interests and several states to suspend implementation of Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan. The CPP was debated, commented on, and modified to reflect the views of many stakeholders before...

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