Energy demands are rising. In fact, The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that world energy consumption will grow by 56% between 2010 and 2040. In response to this growing demand, the utility industry is entering an age of unprecedented technological modernization, which will continue over the next 30 years (up to $2 trillion of capital deployment by 2030 according to some estimates). This modernization is driving a massive transformation of critical infrastructure, including developments in Smart Grid technology and the build-out of more robust communication networks for utilities across the globe.
With this level of technological modernization, how can today’s utility companies effectively manage their operations, specifically ensuring continuity and maximizing uptime, while simultaneously ensuring customers’ requirements are met and their expenditures remain low?
INOC’s Senior Director of Business Services, Art Meierdirk, will answer this question and more at next week’s UTC Telecom 2014 in Phoenix, AZ, presented by the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC). Mr. Meierdirk will speak on The Cost of Modernization: Perspectives on Effectively Managing Today’s Advanced Technology Assets without Breaking the Bank panel on Thursday, May 8 from 4:15 PM – 5:30 PM in room North 124 A – Phoenix Convention Center – North Building. The discussion will also feature industry experts from the utility and business and technology consulting sectors, including Dan Belmont, Director of Energy and Utilities at West Monroe Partners, LLC, and Gary Sanders, Telecommunications Manager at Sun Prairie Utilities.
The panel will provide insight into ideal advanced asset management practices in regards to network infrastructure, security and cloud computing for utility companies. The participants will also provide considerations for cost-effectively meeting rising consumer demand by proactively monitoring and quantifying IT support activities such as event and incident management, processing service requests, maintenance of documentation and continuous review of service performance. Furthermore, panelists will explore the critical role Network Operations Centers (NOCs) play within the utilities sector, specifically in the areas of: real-time outage management; operational visibility across support processes; reduced network outages; cost-effective distributed asset maintenance; and repurposing IT staff to focus on strategic IT projects and infrastructure improvements: all without ‘breaking the bank’.
INOC combines state-of-the-art software technology, highly resilient and redundant NOC infrastructure, proven processes and expert IT staff to improve uptime, availability and performance of utility networks. INOC representatives will be available for customer meetings as well as media and analyst briefings during the event at booth #343 on the expo floor.
To request a meeting with INOC at UTC Telecom 2014, email email@example.com.
To learn more about INOC, visit www.inoc.com.
For more information about attending UTC Telecom 2014, visit www.utc.org.