Opower to Host Webinar on Converting Smart Grid Data into Real Customer Value

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Will facilitate a discussion about best practices for storing, processing and analyzing granular energy usage data

On Tuesday, February 28 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. EST, join Opower’s Director of Engineering, Drew Hylbert, and Alex Newman, Opower’s Data Architect as they discuss how utilities can manage massive amounts of smart grid data and deliver greater value to customers.

As smart meters steadily come online and utilities strive to provide their customers with better tools to understand their energy use, the amount of data being generated, transmitted, and analyzed is growing exponentially. Drew and Alex will share their experiences establishing Opower’s robust cloud-based computing environment that interfaces with more than 60 utilities and new tools available for working with large amounts of data.

Drew and Alex will provide background on these new tools—such as Hadoop—for working with large amounts of unstructured data and why they’re needed. They’ll discuss the interplay between traditional data organization techniques and new data infrastructure options that are available to help participants navigate the increasingly difficult landscape of IT infrastructure. They’ll also dive in with specific examples of how Opower uses these tools to provide ancillary value to clients that’s beyond the company's core offerings. Participants will walk away with the information they need to avoid pitfalls as they take the first step toward managing and deploying large data infrastructures.

CIOs, CTOs, IT managers, and technical staff at utilities will find this webinar particularly interesting.

To register, please visit http://opower.com/company/library/webinars/3-converting-your-smart-grid-data-into-real-customer-value

About Drew

Drew Hylbert is Opower’s Engineering Director, overseeing the architecture team and overall software and systems design from the company’s San Francisco office. He was the evangelist behind the adoption of the Hadoop-based data storage infrastructure for time-series and event data, allowing Opower to scale data storage and processing infrastructure quickly and cost-effectively. Prior to Opower, Drew was Vice President of Engineering at hi5.com, a social gaming and virtual good transaction platform where he was responsible for architecture and infrastructure teams. His work there led to the creation of a “friend relevancy system,” which processed ~1B events/day and returned relevant ordered lists in less than 100ms. Prior to hi5, Drew was a member of Yahoo’s map/reduce and data warehousing infrastructure team. His work there included the implementation of distributed processes across Yahoo’s network of content, which consumed about 3TB of data for a particular day’s worth of traffic. Drew earned his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

About Alex

Alex Newman has been churning big data for a half a decade. He lead the adoption of Hadoop and HBase at the financial services company Factset for the storage and analysis of market data. From there, he helped found one of the first two software development teams at Cloudera, focusing on operations tooling. At Opower his focus has been on transitioning datasets not suitable for traditional RDBMS and moving them to Opower’s big data infrastructure. He has driven open source contributions at Opower through individual contributorship and mentoring within Opower.

About Opower

Opower is the leader in energy information software, providing the utility industry’s only cross-channel platform proven to drive energy efficiency gains on a large scale. Using cutting-edge behavioral science and patent-pending analytics, the Opower platform enables utilities to provide targeted energy data and advice to each customer. More than 60 utilities—including 8 of the 10 largest in the US—partner with Opower to improve the effectiveness of their energy-efficiency portfolios and motivate their customers to become more energy efficient, while dramatically increasing the level of customer engagement and overall customer satisfaction. For utilities with Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), the Opower platform represents a cost-effective way to convert hourly data into measurable energy savings, delivering a clear return on investment directly to customers. Founded in 2007 and privately held, Opower is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, with a second office in San Francisco, California. For more information, please visit http://www.opower.com.

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