Tag Archives: utilities

We love SAP (data) !

Wednesday April 19th, 2017

We love SAP! Who wouldn’t, and who can argue with this sentiment given their success in utilities and many other industries. For all the bad press they occasionally get about failed projects they were central to such as the well-publicised situation at RWE Npower[1], many utilities operations run relatively smoothly with SAP at their core.… Read More »

Pooling data and analytics to power greater efficiency in water utilities

Monday December 19th, 2016

Although water and power utilities face very similar pressures, they have tackled them with very different levels of success. Both sets of utilities face a common battle to reduce network operating costs, beat off increased competition and meet the increasingly complicated requirements of the regulators. Yet it is the power sector organisations that so far… 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 »

Does My Asset look Big Data in This?

Wednesday May 20th, 2015

I am often asked for my point of view on trends in the global Utilities analytics market. My headline response this year is that I have seen a marked increase in interest and investment by network companies in particular looking to operate, maintain and monetise assets more effectively. Globally, many wires businesses are officially and… Read More »

Why Can’t Power Engineers and Data Science Just Get Along?

Thursday November 6th, 2014

Having spent much of the summer looking at the ‘fluffier’ customer side of Utilities, I have recently focused more on the ‘hard stuff’, in distribution and generation (although they too need, and indeed are starting to do ‘fluffy stuff’ with analytics… but that is a whole new blog). I understand these parts of a utility… Read More »