Microsoft, OSIsoft, and Mainstream Renewable Power Webcast Recap

Thanks to all who attended our Webcast on “Creating an Adaptive Smart Grid Framework with the Microsoft Smart Energy Reference Architecture” last week. Special thanks to Jon Peterson of OSIsoft and John Shaw of Mainstream Renewable Power for participating in the presentation and discussion. If you missed the Webcast or would like to listen again,…

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Central Maine Power Chooses Microsoft Partner Itron (with SQL Server) for Smart Grid Initiative

We’ve written previously in this blog about tests confirming that SQL Server is more than able to handle the data tsunami that will be created by smart meter installations. Our partner Itron uses SQL Server 2008 as a core component of its Itron Enterprise Edition Meter Data Management solution (IEE MDM), and in 2008 it…

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Utilities Increasingly Finding SharePoint to be a Custom Fit

I saw recently that an analyst recognized Microsoft SharePoint as by far the most asked about portal solution, far more than any other vendor. Based on what we are seeing in the market place and the Web we would have to agree! Around the world, we are seeing SharePoint being used by customers and partners…

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Microsoft Launches Lync; Utility Knowledge Workers Benefit

For the past several years we’ve been talking a lot about collaboration and integration as core elements of the utility of the future. From regulatory compliance and sales and service, to generation and delivery, utility knowledge workers will increasingly respond to new complexities in their business operations with the help of software that reaches out,…