Mike F. Smith

11月 132018
 

Note: Today’s utility industry is in upheaval. All of the assumptions the business has run on have been turned on their heads. This post is the third in a three-part series looking at how analytics are helping utilities navigate this challenging landscape and find new opportunities for improvements in operations, [...]

The digital utility era is now: The customer/grid nexus was published on SAS Voices by Mike F. Smith

10月 302018
 

Note: Today’s utility industry is in upheaval. All of the assumptions the business has run on have been turned on their heads. This post is the second in a three-part series looking at how analytics are helping utilities navigate this challenging landscape and find new opportunities for improvements in operations, [...]

The digital utility era is now: Charging ahead with EV analytics was published on SAS Voices by Mike F. Smith

10月 122018
 

Note: Today’s utility industry is in upheaval. All of the assumptions the business has run on have been turned on their heads. This post is the first in a three-part series looking at how analytics are helping utilities navigate this challenging landscape and find new opportunities for improvements in operations, [...]

The digital utility era is here -- and now it’s time for a platform was published on SAS Voices by Mike F. Smith

5月 302018
 

Remember when electric vehicles were a new thing? Just a few years ago, everywhere we turned there were opinions, white papers, and articles espousing the wonders of electric vehicles, and an equal chorus of voices warning of the dangers and challenges of electric vehicles. Would they blow up half of [...]

How will electric vehicles contribute to the smart grid? was published on SAS Voices by Mike F. Smith

2月 092018
 

As the old saying goes, the only constant is change. The corollary that I’ll add is this: and the pace of change feels like it's directly proportional to Moore’s Law. Utilities used to be favorites for conservative investors. Smooth. Steady. When there was change, it was incremental. But today, uncertainty [...]

Trends to watch for utilities in the analytics economy was published on SAS Voices by Mike F. Smith

12月 152017
 

The paradigm in which we have all lived in an electrified world is changing. The convergence of technology, changing business models, and increasing customer expectations means the way utilities have operated for the last 100+ years must change. Further, this change must embrace where the operations side of the business [...]

Coming soon to a grid near you: certainty amid confusion was published on SAS Voices by Mike F. Smith

10月 062017
 

After a few tough years in the trenches, analytics leaders in utilities are emerging and making a difference as their utilities vie to stay relevant in the ever-changing energy landscape. At the core of this emergence are leaders that are embracing open analytics platforms and pushing analytics to the edge. [...]

For utilities, the horizon is wide open was published on SAS Voices by Mike F. Smith

8月 232017
 

There is an expression in the military that goes something like this: Military leaders train and prepare for the next war using available information, which typically means they're planning for the last (previous) war -- and that's a recipe for disaster. So what does this have to do with utilities [...]

Are utilities fighting the last war? was published on SAS Voices by Mike F. Smith

6月 152017
 

Regulations, corporate drivers, leadership and market influences have combined to produce a patchwork of uneven progress on initiatives such as distributed generation, customer choice, asset optimization and the industrial Internet of Things. These initiatives all rely on analytics to gain the most return on investment. To better understand organizational readiness [...]

Utility analytics in 2017: Aligning data and analytics with business strategy was published on SAS Voices by Mike F. Smith

4月 032017
 

Operators of transmission networks and wholesale electric markets – ISOs (Independent System Operator) and RTOs (Regional Transmission Organizations) – have undergone sweeping changes in recent years, and the pace won’t be letting up anytime soon. With opportunities ranging from the growth of renewables to newly data-rich operating environments, and challenges [...]

Promise and uncertainty in the ISO marketplace: Four things you should know was published on SAS Voices by Mike F. Smith