You loved Opower’s conference PowerUp. You came to PowerUp. And you came back to PowerUp hundreds strong this year. With Opower’s acquisition by Oracle, we’re poised to level up PowerUp in 2017 by blending it into Oracle’s invitation-only industry-targeted conference Oracle Industry Connect.
Think of Oracle Industry Connect as PowerUp reimagined, with that transformation pushing across customer service and operational efficiency with the event’s energy and utilities sessions.
But we all know that you need reasons—good reasons—to justify travel and conference attendance these days. So, here are three big ones for Oracle Industry Connect March 20-22, 2017 in Orlando.
First, you can get peer insights, which are always key, from the likes of Alisa Mann, Vice President of Customer Service with Las Vegas Valley Water, and Kim Greene, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at Southern Company, among other utility executives. You’ll have lots of opportunities to talk and share what’s working and what isn’t (inside and outside of official sessions).
Suggested must-attend session: Becoming a Trusted Energy Advisor: New Models for the Utilities Industry
Inside the session: Around the world, utilities are exploring new business models in the face of game-changing trends such as distributed generation, flattening electricity demand, and new regulations that threaten their role at the center of the energy industry. One of the most prominent examples, New York’s Reform the Energy Vision initiative, paints an ambitious vision of a customer-centric energy system that prioritizes demand-side management, distributed generation, and the integration of third-party technology providers. Elsewhere, other leading utilities are testing new business models without a regulatory push. In this session hear how several leaders from these utilities have laid the foundation for a changing industry and get their take on the next five years.
Some of your best peer insights here will come from well-known utility analytics guru Raiford Smith, Vice President of Innovation and Technology at Entergy, and the insightful Charles King, Chief Information Officer with Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L).
Suggested must-attend session: Building a Customer-centric Grid in the Age of DERMs
Inside the session: The electric grid of the future will need to accommodate a significantly higher penetration of renewables without compromising safety and reliability. Digitization and distributed process controls will be key enablers to this vision, but they’ll require a real-time platform to support enhanced situational awareness and automation. They’ll also require the ability to seamlessly integrate distributed energy resources, including customer demand response, to better facilitate customer participation in the future grid. Join this group of innovative thought leaders to discuss their visions for the future grid and their requirements for the next-generation distribution grid management platform to get them there.
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Suggested must-attend session: The Business and IT Partnership: A Road to Success Inside the session: IT resources are more constrained than ever, so it’s important to make sure utility initiatives are appropriately resourced and not executed in silos. But where do you start a big project, and how do you avoid common roadblocks? In this session hear how one utility overhauled its website by getting the business and IT stakeholders aligned and working toward a clear set of goals.
Need a bonus reason to come visit? We just learned that American powerhouse TV journalist and former NBC Nightly news anchor Tom Brokaw is keynoting the conference, bringing his experience and perspective to the show.