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pre event_300It’s that time of year again – when the utilities industry gathers at DistribuTECH, one of the leading annual electric power transmission and distribution conferences of the year, for a week of learning, networking and exploring the future from January 31-February 2. What makes this event so unique is that it’s one of the largest events where you can collaborate with electric, water and other municipal utility companies—as well as technology companies—all under one roof and get hands-on with live demonstrations around the latest innovations.

Here at Microsoft we are thrilled to be part of the discussion, where the topic of digital transformation is sure to be front and center at this year’s event. It’s truly an exciting time with all the advancements and opportunities that new technologies like the Internet of Things, cloud computing, machine learning, and advanced analytics bring to our industry.

We believe that it is data-driven intelligence enabled by these technologies that will accelerate this transformation and we are focused on helping to fuel the revolution through business ecosystems for interconnected services, people and things. Our approach enables you to get the most from your data with the right foundation of analytics solutions that offer capabilities for energy management excellence across an evolving smart energy continuum—from smart grids, to smart buildings, to industrial services, to connected operations, and smart factories, and more.

Whether it’s the trends around energy reduction as alternative technologies like solar and wind are on the rise, or the impact that distributed energy resources such as renewables are having the decision-making process, it’s exciting to see how forward-thinking utilities are already transforming their business models and services through digital technologies to address the needs of these new ecosystems.

We expect to see 11,300+ attendees from 78 countries at DistribuTECH this year. And we are pleased to join these thought leaders from around the world, including our partners ABB, Bentley Systems, Esri, Itron, OSIsoft, Schneider Electric, Siemens, and many others, to explore what this new world of smart energy means to your business.

I encourage you to learn more about Microsoft’s approach to digital transformation for utilities and register for DistribuTECH, if you haven’t already.

I look forward to seeing you all later this month in San Diego!


LinkedIn: Larry Cochrane

Twitter: @MSUtilities