Category Archives: David Socha

The IoT: Redefining industry, again.

Wednesday February 8th, 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) is much more than fitness tracking, AI toothbrushes and targeted discounts when you walk by a coffee shop. Put simply: the opportunities arising from ubiquitous connectivity and access to data will bring about the end of many of today’s industries as we know them. For some, this new IoT-enabled world… Read More »

Hadoop, utilities and that pesky bandwagon

Wednesday October 12th, 2016

A colleague of mine recently asked for help in a workshop with a major global utility customer. As part of his preamble, he described the utility as being in the “trough of disillusionment” phase with their Hadoop implementation. I wasn’t surprised. Now let’s be clear: this isn’t a Hadoop-bashing blog. Teradata has great relationships with… Read More »

Four Lessons From The Fire Monkey For Today’s Energy Businesses

Wednesday June 15th, 2016

2016 is the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese calendar. More specifically, it’s the Year of the Fire Monkey. So, for those of you unfamiliar with Chinese and wider Asian culture….who or what is the Fire Monkey? Firstly, the Monkey is one of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. More specifically though: “The… Read More »

Trash Talking Smart Cities And The IoT

Wednesday April 20th, 2016

In my last blog, I wrote about how many of the things happening in today’s Smart Cities could more honestly be labeled as “progress.” Smart Parking, Smart Homes and the like are just the next steps on a journey that perhaps began by replacing the cry of “gardyloo”1 with city plumbing. I argued then that… Read More »

Show Me The Money: Why Should Utilities Care About Big Data?

Wednesday March 9th, 2016

Innovate or die. Your call. It’s all visions of doom in the utility industry nowadays, huh? Many are now familiar with the whole Death Spiral discussion. But it could be even worse than that. Bill Gates, in his 2016 letter states: “Within the next 15 years – and especially if young people get involved –… Read More »

Uber Or Be Uber-ed? That Is The New Question

Wednesday February 24th, 2016

When did “Uber” become such a versatile word? Uber itself is obviously now the go-to reference for massive industry disruption. But now it also seems to be a description of what happens when an industry is being disrupted. At the start of November, the head of energy giant RWE’s Innovation Hub, Dr Braunschmidt, suggested at… Read More »

Smart Cities: How Do I Know When My City Is Smart?

Thursday August 6th, 2015

A report published at the start of July revealed “widespread ignorance of the UK’s efforts to smarten up its cities.” The clear focus of the report is on public awareness and perception of smart initiatives and the elusive Smart City itself. The authors go on to suggest that without the proper support, initiatives will “die… Read More »