Utilities have a lot to think about these days. From big data to blockchain, from AI to VR, the only topic that's constant is the need to transform. However, amidst all the techie buzzwords floating around today, it's easy to lose sight of what remains a major fundamental component of the utility business—the assets.
During Oracle OpenWorld 2018, we sat down with our partners to discuss our mutual admiration for one another—because let’s be clear: no one gets anywhere in today’s business world without building real relationships (between people and businesses both). And we're offering a partner discount on our Oracle Utilities Learning Subscription--link to redeem included.
At CS Week this year, the Oracle team hosted a networking event in which we invited our customers and partners to build emergency water filtration kits. Through this effort, we delivered 12 emergency filtration kits to those in need and also funded 12 household water systems across the Kyaka II Refugee Settlement Camp in Uganda.
Oracle Utilities recently tested our Meter Data Management solution in an exadata benchmark test designed to emulate the smart meter processes and real business scenarios of the largest utilities in the world.
The Water Works Program is a project which is operated by an organization called the Helping Hands Program Pty Ltd. Their main goal is to maximize their impact in the world by getting involved in and funding life-changing charity projects, and Water Works, especially, has one of the most life-changing, as it offers clean water.
Mike Ballard, Vice President of Industry Strategy for Oracle Utilities, has been with Oracle for five years, coming over from EDF Energy, which happens to be where he met his wife Sally. They live in Devon with their two children Christopher and Emily. Our favorite “fun fact” about Mike: He once tried to drive from the UK to Australia in his Land Rover but was turned back in Pakistan due to military coup.