Redmond, WA (PRWEB) July 13, 2011
Utilities around the world are deploying smart grid technologies to improve the security, reliability and efficiency of the electric power system. But experts agree that for those utilities – and their ratepayers – to realize full value from smart grid investments, utilities must effectively merge data from information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT). The process involves integrating data, integrating workflow, integrating operations centers, and even integrating workforces. And none of that is easy.
But it is doable, insists Mark Wyatt, Vice President of Grid and Smart Energy Systems at Duke Energy. Duke has been pioneering the blending of IT and OT since the '90s and today has a working model. Wyatt will share some of Duke's lessons learned over the years and frameworks and processes the utility has implemented during a free webinar on Tuesday, July 19, at 10:30 a.m. Pacific time, 1:30 p.m. on the East Coast.
Lessons from the Real World: Breakthrough Best Practices for Blending IT and OT is hosted by Smart Grid News in conjunction with Accenture, a global leader in helping utilities advance toward a radically different landscape for meeting their energy needs. Webinar registration is under way now.
"As we move towards a self-healing, real-time grid, the operations side becomes much more dependent on IT," explains Wade Malcolm, Accenture's Senior Director of Smart Grid Operational Technology who will also appear on the webinar panel. "Before, IT and OT were self-contained. Now they are forced to break down the silos."
Malcolm will talk about what that means going forward as he and Wyatt explain, for instance, why rock-solid program governance is key to blending IT and OT (and how to achieve it). They'll also discuss how to turn best practices into repeatable processes – and perhaps most important – they'll reveal why you may already have 80% of the skills and processes you need somewhere in your organization (if you know how to find and take advantage of them).
"I'm truly excited about this webinar," says Jesse Berst, webinar moderator and Founding Editor / Chief Analyst at Smart Grid News. "The topic is vitally important and you're going to walk away with solid, put-it-to-work-tomorrow tips and techniques. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from two of the best."
Register now to reserve a place on July 19.
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