Intelligent Utility Magazine May / June 2014
In This Issue
  • The worst assignment of my working life came from the CEO of a power company. He told me to manage the merger of his company with the neighboring utility. Here's how it was going to work: Sequester 100 of the best employees from each company. Form them into small teams to redesign each process. Then recommend to senior management who stays and goes, what union contracts to negotiate, and what...
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  • While helping to rebuild a fort in Egypt in 1799, a French soldier stopped to examine a broken slab of rock that had been unearthed. The piece, engraved with hieroglyphs and two other distinct scripts, soon drew interest from scholars around the world. Through years of intense study, that fragment—now known as the Rosetta stone—became the key to deciphering hieroglyphs and beginning to understand...
  • The world of big data and analytics is very complex, and in complex times we often see many thought leaders in different market areas try to reduce the challenges to more simple terms that we can wrap our heads around—think “S-M-A-R-T” planning or “The Seven Habits,” for examples.   In our market, many of us have seen “the Vs” of analytics. In the version of “the Vs” at the Institute, we...
  • According to the National Science Foundation’s Center for Science and Engineering, tech fields are taking over the workforce.   In 1950, a little less than 200,000 American workers made a living from science or engineering-related occupations. By 2009, the last date of confirmed numbers (released in 2012), that field had grown to 5.4 million—nearly six percent a year.   The power...
  • In mid-2013 Intelligent Utility asked for my personal top 5 observations about Order No. 1000, which would be old news by now if it weren’t for its long compliance process. At that time, I proffered that Order No. 1000 so lacked specificity and prescription that the outcomes in various regions working to implement its planning and cost allocation ideas would be uncertain, quite likely divergent,...