The Future of Energy on Display at AEC 2018

The Future of Energy on Display at AEC 2018

The Advanced Energy Conference in New York City brought together utility and energy business leaders, researchers, technologists, and policy makers. A mix of plenary and breakout sessions were supplemented by exhibits and networking opportunities as attendees listened and engaged in discussion on the current state of the industry, and various futures on the horizon.…

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How to Build an Analytics Center of Excellence to Tackle Utility Problems

How to Build an Analytics Center of Excellence to Tackle Utility Problems

We recently attended the annual gathering of utility practitioners at Utility Analytics Week in San Antonio. A common theme discussed was “how do we get started?”, “where do we start?”, and “how do we justify the cost?”. Electric utilities are becoming increasingly digitally-oriented and data intensive with the adoption of AMI meters, deployment of SCADA systems across the grid, and...

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Stranger (Internet of) Things: A couple of factors to consider before making the investment

Stranger (Internet of) Things: A couple of factors to consider before making the investment

We recently attended the IoT Summit Chicago hosted by the Illinois Technology Association. This conference gathered over 500 professionals from around the globe to collaborate on best practices and discuss future trends in the often discussed, but rarely understood “Internet of Things (IoT).” We took a moment to reflect on time the conference and identify some key takeaways to share with...

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Can New Pricing Models Capture the True Value of Water?

Can New Pricing Models Capture the True Value of Water?

Many water utilities are currently experiencing high sensitivity to demand and revenue fluctuations. As capital expenditures to maintain and upgrade distribution infrastructure become inevitable, many utilities are also facing increasing pressure to conserve resources and maintain water quality. Evaluating potential rate structures may reveal solutions to provide revenue stability while...

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Graph Databases: Connecting the Dots

Graph Databases: Connecting the Dots

The global population of data is rapidly growing and organizations are finding themselves challenged with how to store and manage data in a way that quickly leads to tap into actionable data. Today’s business decisions demand more complex data models that precisely represent the characteristics of entities and how these entities relate to one another in the physical world.…

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The Implications of Big-data Marketing: Bigger Than You Think

The Implications of Big-data Marketing: Bigger Than You Think

Across all industries – from utilities to banking and from healthcare to education – organizations are tapping into unprecedented amounts and types of actionable “big data” to understand consumers and drive powerful engagement. This is possible through evolving tools that analyze and parse data into hyper-personalized micro-segments of consumers – enabling an organization to deliver the right...

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The Big Data Analytics Revolution – How Big Data Has Changed Business Intelligence

The Big Data Analytics Revolution – How Big Data Has Changed Business Intelligence

Big Data is mainstream. Over the past few years, the Big Data buzz has dissipated as companies look to shift from awareness to action. At O’Reilly’s Strata+Hadoop conference last September, I was excited to hear the victorious claim that Big Data had gone mainstream and ever since I have seen evidence through our clients, partners, and publicized examples of Big Data cases.…

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Open-Source Data Visualization Tools versus Traditional Data Visualization Tools

Open-Source Data Visualization Tools versus Traditional Data Visualization Tools

Industry-leading modern BI data visualization tools such as Tableau, Qlikview, and Microsoft’s Power BI offer an excellent platform for businesses to visualize their data, but in terms of functionality, licensing costs, and overall fit, sometimes open-source solutions can meet the business needs more closely. Open-source data visualization solutions are typically based upon the JavaScript...

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Three Common Errors in Predictive Analytics and How to Solve Them

Three Common Errors in Predictive Analytics and How to Solve Them

Using statistical and predictive techniques on datasets can generate key insights that businesses may otherwise never realize. The power of such techniques has been a feature of modern analytics that many large companies have been investing in. Still, with all of this energy, talent, and capital flowing into predictive analytics, there have been some growing pains associated with it.…

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5 Keys to Success for Modern Data-Driven Organizations

5 Keys to Success for Modern Data-Driven Organizations

This February, Gartner announced a somewhat unexpected change in categorization language in their 2016 BI (Business Intelligence) & Analytics Magic Quadrant by introducing the concept of “Modern BI Platforms.” This shift sent ripples through the BI platforms space as vendor positioning shuffled, leaving Microsoft, Tableau, and Qlikview as leaders when the dust settled.…

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