Microsoft in Power & Utilities

The Microsoft in Power & Utilities blog discusses the emerging technological and economic challenges facing the global Utility industry and how Utilities can innovate through a strategy based on devices and services to transform and grow their businesses in an era of constant disruption.

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8.24.2014Jon Arnold
The ways in which people connect and the speed with which they communicate is faster than ever before. Social communication is nothing new on the personal level, with the sharing of news, images and status updates.
3.26.2014
We at Microsoft were very excited last week when we found out that the Association for Computing Machinery (“ACM”) named Leslie Lamport, principal researcher at Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, as the recipient of the 2013 A.M. Turing Award.
3.20.2014
Here’s a webcast on the intersection of sustainability and technology from a project implementation perspective that we are doing with our partner Schneider Electric. Please join us!
3.14.2014
When I joined Microsoft to run its Power and Utilities business almost ten years ago I realized that one thing had to change if I was going to be successful. We had to make our software more secure by orders of magnitude. After all, my team and our partners are providing software to run the most critical of critical infrastructures and at the time confidence in our ability to provide software that was resilient against the escalating cyber anarchy seemed like an unattainable goal.
3.7.2014
As you can probably tell, I love to tell stories about real life experiences. These days I find myself telling one about how my wife and I live the digital lifestyle to partners, customers and Microsoft employees
2.25.2014
Yes, I know we are certifiable cloud crazy but you should take a look at this story from our global alliance partner Invensys concerning one of their water customers and why they deployed Invensys's Enterprise Historian in the cloud.
2.24.2014
One of the conversations I routinely have with customers is about Office 365 which is our subscription-based online office and software plus services suite. In my conversations I always ask customers what business are they in.
2.12.2014
No need to write a long introduction to this hot off the press case study. It’s just the tip of the iceberg on how Power BI is changing the way people turn data into actionable information
2.10.2014
Today, we announced that Power BI for Office 365 – our self-service business intelligence solution designed for everyone – is generally available. We have written about the incredible power of Power BI in this blog before while in product preview. But now, Power BI is available and empowers all kinds of business users to find relevant information, pull data from Windows Azure and other sources, and prepare compelling business intelligence models for analysis, visualization, and collaboration
2.3.2014
In yesterday’s Super Bowl (annual championship game of the National Football League, the highest level of professional American football in the United States) we decided to tell the story of how peoples’ lives can be changed through our technology. This one-minute ad celebrates what technology can do, and is narrated by Steve Gleason, former NFL player and post hurricane Katrina hero of the New Orleans Saints, now living with the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
1.27.2014
The Microsoft Power & Utilities team, along with many account and partner teams, are in San Antonio Texas this week to attend the Electric Light & Power Executive Conference on 27 – 28 and DistribuTECH on ,28 – 30 January, 2014. We will be available to discuss Microsoft in Power and Utilities, including the smart energy reference architecture (SERA) and the work we are doing with ESRI, Intel, Motion Computing, OSIsoft and Schneider Electric. The team will also be able to jointly demonstrate our solutions with our partners in their booths, including Windows 8, Devices, BI, and Azure.
1.18.2014
In our conversations with customers we routinely have a discussion about improving information access. With business truly moving @ the speed of thought and showing no signs of slowing we have to think differently about how we go about solving business problems and providing information access. It’s not surprising that in 1999, Bill Gates wrote "Business @ the Speed of Thought", a book that shows how computer technology can solve business problems in fundamentally new ways.
1.8.2014
Last month I spent a week visiting customers and partners in the UK. December is always special in the UK, as it’s the week of the Utility Week Achievement Awards. I travel all over the world and I have never seen an event where the Electric, Gas and Water industries come together for what is often called the Christmas party" for the Utility industry in the UK.
1.3.2014
The deployment of smart meters worldwide continues to accelerate and we have seen estimates of over 200 million being deployed by the end of 2014. It would probably be an understatement to call this the decade of the smart meter deployments but the question in my mind is whether we can call this the decade that smart meters deliver the promised business value.
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