PR NEWSWIRE: Cloud for Utilities Announces Calvin Butler Jr., CEO of BGE, as Summit Keynote Speaker

Cloud for Utilities today announced Calvin G. Butler Jr., Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), as a Keynote Speaker for the 2018 Cloud for Utilities Summit which will take place November 14 to 16 in Washington, DC. Mr. Butler will be speaking Thursday, November 15th.

“At BGE, innovation is a key component of our business as it is with our parent company, Exelon. With that in mind, I believe participating as a Keynote Speaker for the 2018 Cloud for Utilities Summit is a great fit for our company,” said Calvin Butler Jr., CEO, BGE. “On behalf of all 3,200 BGE employees, I look forward to working with Cloud for Utilities as they continue to facilitate thought leadership around digital innovations for utilities.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Butler as a Keynote Speaker this November,” said Rick Cutter, Managing Director, Cloud for Utilities. “We look forward to featuring his perspective on BGE’s technology transformation.”

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PR NEWSWIRE: Cloud For Utilities Announces Industry Consortium And Flagship Partner, Oracle

Cloud for Utilities today announced its Industry Consortium, which aligns industry thought leaders from utility companies and leading technology firms to establish best practices related to cloud computing and digital solutions for the utility industry.

In addition, Cloud for Utilities announced a collaboration with Oracle — a flagship Technology Partner of the Cloud for Utilities Industry Consortium. As an industry leader, Oracle is a global provider of enterprise cloud computing, including intelligent cloud applications, integrated cloud platforms, emerging technologies for businesses, open platforms for developers, and the acceleration of digital transformations.

As an Industry Consortium partner, Oracle Utilities will join the Executive Advisory Board, work with other Utility Industry leaders to author white papers, and attend the Best Practice Working Group Forum taking place September 2018 in Southern California.

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PRESS RELEASE: Cloud for Utilities Co-Founder Will Join ETS18 Panel on Cloud Technology

Washington— Rick Cutter, co-founder of both Cloud for Utilities and AAC Utility Partners, will be speaking at the ETS18 conference March 26-29 in Austin, Texas. With over twenty years of experience managing the delivery of technology solutions for Utilities, Cutter looks forward to contributing his expertise and view on the current cloud technology landscape to ETS18 later this month.

Cutter will be a member of the panel on The Cloud: CapEx versus OpEx.

Background for discussion: The digitalization of the electric grid is driving adoption of new applications and software platforms supported by the cloud. What used to be an industry focused on capital expenditures for physical assets is transitioning to one focused on mission-critical Software as a Service (SaaS) technologies. Questions to be considered include: How do utilities account for cloud-based software platforms leveraged by their organizations? Should it be a capital expense? Should it be an O&M expense? Specifically, Cutter and panelists will discuss:  

  • Mission critical cloud-based software platforms and applications for utilities
  • The role regulators play in accounting for software platforms
  • The capitalization of cloud technology for utility business models while keeping a low OpEx

To learn more about Rick Cutter as a panelist, click here. To register for ETS18 March 26-29 in Austin, Texas, click here.

Announcing Cloud for Utilities’ Second Annual Summit

Cloud for Utilities provides a platform for utilities and technology enablers to share information for the successful advancement of cloud business models for the utility industry

Washington, DC – (February 9, 2018) – Cloud for Utilities announces their second annual Cloud for Utilities Summit to be held November 14th through November 16th, 2018 at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC.

Cloud for Utilities is the first organization that is focused on cloud business models and technologies exclusively for the utility industry.

“From its inception, we believed that Cloud for Utilities would be uniquely suited to facilitate the exchange of information between cloud technology enablers and utilities seeking to understand or utilize various cloud solutions. Our successful inaugural Summit in November of 2017 was a testament to that belief. Thanks to our impressive speakers and participants last year, we were able to communicate the many benefits of cloud business models by educating company leaders. We are eager to continue educating those looking for efficient, modern, secure systems through our second annual Summit this Fall,” says Amos Snead, Co-founder, Cloud for Utilities.

For more information on Cloud for Utilities, last year’s Summit, and 2018 registration, please visit: CloudForUtilities.org.

About Cloud for Utilities
The Cloud for Utilities organization is the preeminent resource for cloud business models focused on the utility industry. The organization focuses on educating, supporting career advancement, improving organization success, and advancing cloud business models in the utility industry.

The second annual Cloud for Utilities Summit will be held Wednesday November 14th through Friday November 16th at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington DC.

To learn more about the Cloud for Utilities Summit, visit CloudForUtilities.org.

Media Contact: Alyson Chwatek
Cloud for Utilities, Director of Sponsorships
AlysonC@cloudforutilities.org

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Cloud for Utilities 2017 Summit

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Cloud for Utilities hosted the inaugural Cloud for Utilities Summit at the Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C.

Cloud for Utilities (@Cloud4Utilities) is an educational organization focused exclusively on cloud business models for the utility industry.

This year’s summit focused on pressing industry issues, including, but not limited to: cybersecurity, legal considerations, regulatory and financial issues, the cloud decision-making process, cloud-to-cloud integration, and more.

Additionally, a number of companies made major announcements regarding cloud services, which can be seen here.

  • Oracle Utilities: Oracle Utilities Defines Cloud Path for Utilities
  • Aerstone: Aerstone Releases Amp Up!
  • AAC Utility Partners: AAC Utility Partners – Helping utilities see clearly in the “Cloud”
  • Level One: Level One Announces Upgrade to Its Cloud-Based Customer Interaction Management Solution Suite with Release of OneVIEW® 2.0
  • Vertex: Vertex CEO Andrew Jornod discusses latest VertexOne products at C4U2017

WHO
Co-Founders & Managing Directors:
Amos Snead, Partner, S-3 Public Affairs
Rick Cutter, Managing Partner, AAC Utility Partners

SPONSORS
Platinum: AAC Utility Partners, Oracle Utilities, SAP, Vertex, Wipro
Gold: Aerstone, Level One, Harris
Silver: Itineris, Infosys
Media Sponsor: Zpryme

UTILITY COMPANIES
Baltimore Gas and Electric
DC Water
Exelon
Golden State Water Company
Liberty Utilities
Madison Gas & Electric
Pennsylvania Power and Light
Philadelphia Gas Works
PPL EU Services Corp
San Gabriel Valley Water
Southern California Edison
Union Gas
Washington Gas

WHAT
Keynote speaker Chad Sweet (Co-Founder & CEO, The Chertoff Group) delivered a presentation on the growing need for top tier security strategies in an evolving cyber landscape, citing that only two-thirds of current directors report having knowledge of the risks of a security breach. He also mentioned that cybersecurity regulation is not a matter of “if,” but “when,” and therefore, now is the time for utilities to adopt modern technology.
The crowd was also joined by DC PSC Commissioner Willie Phillips (@wlphillips) for a presentation on a regulator’s perspective on cloud services, in regard to their eligibility to earn a rate of return. Commissioner Phillips notably emphasized that the cloud business model must change, and tools like cloud computing will be the main driver of these changes.

SCE announced its plans to work with SAP to move the majority of its systems to the cloud.
**Additional sessions here.

ALSO
Plans for the Fall 2018 Summit in Washington, D.C. will be released in January 2018. For more information please contact DaphneS@CloudforUtilities.org.

MEDIA CONTACT
Alyson Chwatek
732-995-3004
Chwatek@S3PublicAffairs.com

PRESS RELEASE: Aerstone Releases Amp Up!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ROCKVILLE, Maryland — October 25, 2017 — Quest Consultants LLC DBA Aerstone today announced the release of Amp Up!, a twelve step comprehensive approach to utility company cyberdefense. Aerstone’s Amp Up!© steps are based on the Center for Internet Security’s CIS Controls, specifically adapted for the utility space.

As a key part of the nation’s critical infrastructure, any loss in confidentiality, integrity, or availability of utility systems can have incredibly serious effects. These potential outcomes cover the impact spectrum, ranging from the level of minor inconvenience, all the way up to catastrophic economic effect, and potentially even a loss of human life. Utility systems have a massive customer-facing element, and store key personally identifiable information on a large base of users. Utilities are obligated to protect these data according to FTC Red Flags regulations that apply to covered accounts. As a high-value target, utilities are exposed to a higher-than-normal threat level from adversaries seeking to compromise utility networks. These can include cyberthieves, looking to steal account information from subscribers, and even nation-state actors seeking to damage United States critical infrastructure.

Aerstone designed and developed Amp Up to provide a common-sense and comprehensive approach for securing a utility infrastructure. After completing Aerstone’s 12-step approach to utility cyberdefense, a more detailed standards-based assessment approach should be considered, based either on ISO or NIST standards.
Rick Cutter, managing Director, Cloud for Utilities, said, “We are happy to have Aerstone as a partner and their new announcement continues to demonstrate their innovative approach to helping utilities.”

For more details visit Aerstone.

ABOUT AERSTONE

Aerstone is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that provides subject matter expertise and software development services in the field of advanced cybersecurity. We are also a certified vulnerability assessor under the NSA’s NSCAP CIRA program – one of just five companies in the world. Our commercial customers include medium and large organizations in the financial services, legal, utility, and education spaces – as well as a number of non-profit organizations. The company also provides exceptional support and cleared staff to a wide variety of federal organizations in the civilian, military, and intelligence community sectors. Our products and services touch all aspects of cybersecurity, including architecture, systems design, software development, training, assessment, and forensics.

PRESS RELEASE: Oracle Utilities Defines Cloud Path for Utilities

Trusted industry leader showcases cloud expertise, solutions at new Cloud for Utilities Summit this week in Washington, D.C.

Cloud for Utilities Summit, Washington DC – November 6, 2017 – Today Oracle Utilities announced it is bringing the benefits of cloud to D.C. as part of the inaugural Cloud for Utilities Summit. The conference offers Oracle Utilities, a leading provider of cloud applications to utilities, the opportunity to put its cloud imperative into practice: that vendors and utilities must collaborate to deliver on the promise of the cloud – a new, two-way, customer-centric utility of the future.

With over 100 SaaS clients worldwide, Oracle Utilities delivers one of the largest platforms of Software as a Service (SaaS) applications for utilities and is rapidly expanding its cloud suite, which already includes applications for work and asset management, AMI, smart meter and device management, and analytics. And, with the acquisition of Opower in 2016, Oracle Utilities further expanded its cloud platform with SaaS utility customer engagement and energy efficiency solutions.

While some major technology providers’ cloud applications require buy-in to large, hosted technology or data platforms that are not truly SaaS, Oracle Utilities has taken a different approach—delivering targeted, true cloud solutions that address utilities’ most pressing challenges, while being flexible and modular to support utility evolution and growth.

“We are not going to simply put a cloud stamp on hosted solutions, that’s not what our clients expect from a trusted and committed technology partner. It’s important that our utility clients have access to true SaaS applications that will deliver the greatest benefit, and that they have our support in defining the best cloud strategy that takes advantage of all cloud options available,” said Rodger Smith, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Utilities.

Oracle Utilities is committed to delivering the cloud benefits its clients need quickly. In the past year alone, three brand new SaaS applications were released to meet clients’ needs: Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Cloud Service, Oracle Utilities Operational Device Cloud Service, and Oracle Utilities Digital Self Service (DSS). DSS was born in the Cloud as the first joint application with Opower and allows utilities to deliver deep digital customer engagement while connecting seamlessly to back office systems.

“This is just the beginning, we’re about to change the SaaS CIS market, too,” Smith added.
Oracle Utilities Customer Cloud Service is set to release in the next 12 months, and it will be the first truly SaaS, market-leading customer information system built for the utilities industry, with a comprehensive meter-to-cash-to-customer solution, standardized implementation and Oracle-delivered solution maintenance. This service is set to tackle some of the biggest challenges for utilities by lowering both risk and costs for implementation projects and technology maintenance.

“We continue to hear from the industry that true SaaS solutions are increasingly attractive,” added Marisa Uchin, senior director, regulatory affairs for Oracle Utilities. “As the utility industry continues to transform into more customer-centric and data-driven, digitized businesses, we are seeing a recognition by both utilities and regulators alike that true SaaS solutions provide the responsiveness, agility and customer-centric benefits needed to master this transformation. We are excited to continue our close work with utility partners and regulators to facilitate cloud adoption in a way that delivers benefits for both utilities and customers.”

Rick Cutter, Managing Director, Cloud for Utilities, said, “We are very happy to have Oracle as a partner in this endeavor.  Oracle continues to be a leader in technology and business models for the utility industry.”

ABOUT ORACLE

The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

PRESS RELEASE: Level One Announces Upgrade to Its Cloud-Based Customer Interaction Management Solution Suite with Release of OneVIEW® 2.0

New Features will be Highlighted at the Upcoming Cloud for Utilities Summit.

MALVERN, PA, November (Date), 2017 – Level One, a market leader in Cloud-based billing, payments, and customer experience (CX) solutions for the utility industry, has announced an upgrade to its Cloud-based solution suite for customer experience management (CXM) with the release of OneVIEW® 2.0. The announcement was made today leading up to the inaugural Cloud for Utilities Summit, where Level One is participating as a Founding Technology Gold Sponsor.

Level One will be demonstrating new features and functionality of OneVIEW® 2.0 during the Summit. Rick Cutter, Cloud for Utilities said, “We are very pleased to have Level One as a technology sponsor for the Cloud for Utilities Summit.  Level One’s product upgrade reinforces Level One’s commitment to the utility industry and Cloud solutions for their customers.” OneVIEW®, which includes modules for Quality Assurance, Archiving, Customer Engagement, and eBilling & Payments, is delivered via Level One’s highly secure, Cloud-based platform, and is easily accessible through all standard web-based browsers. The solution platform allows utilities to create, deliver, and manage targeted communications that customers expect, while upholding the security and compliance demands of the utility market.

“We understand the unique customer communications challenges for utilities,” said John Boland, President and Chief Executive Officer of Level One. “Today, customer engagement requires the right tool to support two-way communication for a better customer experience. As a result, OneVIEW® 2.0 includes key updates to our Customer Engagement module that provide dynamic content management tools, enabling a utility’s business users to easily personalize critical communications. We believe the capabilities, ease of use and rapid deployment truly sets our offering apart.”

The deployment ease of OneVIEW® 2.0 as a Cloud-based solution will also be on highlight during the Cloud for Utilities Summit. “That’s the beauty of Cloud-based services—OneVIEW® 2.0 can be deployed in just weeks vs. months,” said Kate Lindstrom, Vice President of Information Services at Level One. “OneVIEW® 2.0 is also backed by our PCI and SOC 2 compliant Cloud-based platform, so utilities are confident that their data is secure and protected across every communication and payment channel.”

Further details on the OneVIEW® 2.0 release will be unveiled at the Cloud for Utilities Summit, to be held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. from November 5 – 7, 2017.

ABOUT LEVEL ONE

Level One is a market leader in customer experience (CX) solutions tailored to the evolving demands of the utility market. Its proven, Cloud-based OneVIEW® CXM platform empowers businesses with visibility, command, and control over the entire customer engagement process, from quality assurance to content management, multi-channel bill presentment and payment, customer preference management, and analytics/reporting. Leading utility companies across the country rely on OneVIEW® and Level One’s expertise to drive new cost savings and efficiency, accelerate payments, and continually exceed customers’ changing expectations. For more information, visit https://www.golevelone.com/.

PRESS RELEASE: AAC Utility Partners – Helping utilities see clearly in the “Cloud”

NavigateOne™ for Cloud – expanding our signature methodology to include Cloud business models for utilities.

November 6, 2017
Washington, DC

AAC Utility Partners, a consulting company exclusively focused on utilities’ mission critical systems transformation, stands at the forefront of new technologies impacting the industry it serves. In today’s climate, the use of Cloud technology is a reality that comes with unique considerations for utilities.

Always committed to protecting the best interest of our clients, AAC believes a foundational approach of identifying “the facts” about Cloud offerings is crucial for utilities. For many executives in the industry, “Cloud” remains an unfamiliar concept not only from a technology standpoint, but also from the perspective of how the adoption of cloud services affects the administrative, operational, and financial aspects of their organization. At AAC, we know that “Cloud” technologies are evolving and the adoption of “Cloud” for mission critical systems is a reality.

What’s important from AAC’s perspective is to be an objective partner with utilities to help executives and decision-makers understand the differences in Cloud versus other deployment choices in order to make prudent decisions. AAC purposely built its business to be solely focused in this area as we observed industry professionals depending on the vendor community to inform them of options without the benefit of an advocate. For AAC, it is a noble undertaking to be the bridge between the software and system integrator industry and those who are ultimately accountable for making critical and costly software decisions. This raises the awareness that utilities benefit greatly from having the unbiased expertise of an industry consultant. AAC’s guidance helps ensure its clients will experience a process that is driven by their goals, objectives, and specific requirements that are unique to their standards of efficient and effective operations.

AAC continues to keep up with ever changing technology advances and has been seeing the evolution of ‘Cloud’ for some time. In order to stay ahead of the market, AAC is continuously updating its signature methodology, NavigateOne™. As such, AAC can successfully lead our clients to thoroughly evaluate Cloud solutions with a holistic view for their applications. Our proprietary methodology, NavigateOne™, is rooted in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), and provides a set of tools, templates, processes and software developed specifically for utilities mission critical systems evaluation and implementation projects. With the recent attention to “the Cloud” that now affects every transformation project, AAC is excited to talk about the expansion of its methodology that includes Cloud-specific service offerings.

Today is bit of a formal announcement, but AAC clients have already been realizing the benefits of NavigateOne for Cloud. According to DC Water’s CIO, Tom Kuczynski, “There are multiple options available now…AAC was instrumental is assisting us with selecting the right solution and vendor, as well as negotiating a comprehensive statement of work that was fair but also protected DC Water’s interests.” Utilizing its NavigateOne™ methodology, AAC led DC Water through their vendor selection process and negotiated the NavigateOne Statement of Work and Service Level Agreements. The NavigateOne Statement of Work serves as the roadmap enabling its project consultants to lead DC Water through an aggressive implementation schedule for the successful implementation of a cloud-based solution.

Working with Nashville Electric Service (NES), AAC led NES through an ERP selection project which included CIS, MDMS, WMS, EAM and a financials solution that will be Cloud deployed. AAC is currently assisting in the negotiations of the NavigateOne Statement of Work with the systems integrator.

To lead AAC’s clients in the software and technology decision process, NavigateOne for Cloud addresses the many decision points that must be considered when transforming utilities mission critical systems. For example, NavigateOne for Cloud considers the following:

  • Business models to help utilities compare the total cost of ownership of Cloud versus on-premise
  • End-to-end evaluation process for evaluating Cloud providers
  • Service level models for on-going operations
  • Requirements models for utility vertical applications as well as full ERP
  • Cloud strategy development for phased adoption
  • Change management approaches to support Cloud deployment
  • Proprietary tools and experienced consultants to strategically plan the approach to utilizing Cloud

AAC Managing Partner, Steve Wenke, who leads the strategic assessment practice of AAC put it this way, “Cloud business models are particularly “disruptive” for utilities, but decision-makers know that disruption (i.e., “change”) may be necessary for progress and growth. Thoroughness in the assessment and selection process is so important in transitioning to Cloud services, and incorporating what Cloud brings to the industry into our methodology was a natural enhancement to our service of providing comprehensive consulting to our clients.”

This is why AAC is excited to support “Cloud for Utilities”. We recognize that a focused discussion around Cloud that brings together the insight of all the industry players is a necessary and beneficial forum to ensure all voices can share a platform that promotes unified success.

ABOUT AAC

AAC Utility Partners, LLC provides consulting services exclusively to utilities for the transformation of mission critical systems. AAC is a vendor-independent consulting firm providing services for CIS and other mission critical systems. AAC assists clients in the areas of Strategy, Selection, Cloud Adoption and Project Implementation Leadership Services (utility-side only). AAC is the leading independent Cloud consulting firm focused on utility industry specific applications and business process services.

Through its foundational methodology – NavigateOne™ – AAC pioneered a proprietary set of processes, tools, templates, and software completely scalable and customizable to the unique needs of utilities software initiatives. Learn more at: www.teamaac.com