Security and the Cloud

Every customer briefing we conduct for Power and Utility companies has session on security.  And rightfully so as the cyber world has become a dangerous place and the companies that operate the most critical of critical infrastructures must keep a vigilant eye to protect to our electric, gas and water systems from those that want…


Delivering on the promise of the Internet of Things

Internet of Things (IoT) promises vast opportunities, but the question we often ask is when trillions of things can be connected, which things should you connect for business value? From a Microsoft Power & Utilities perspective, we believe that IoT is the answer to making our electric, gas, and water networks and related assets more…


Carnegie Mellon Sees a Way to Cut Energy Use by 20 Percent with Cloud Machine Learning Solution

Last February we wrote about how Carnegie Mellon University improves operational efficiency, cuts energy consumption by using Power BI and the PI System from our partner OSIsoft. Now Carnegie Mellon has added Azure Machine Learning leveraging the PI System for better fault detection, diagnosis, and more efficient operations. With these capabilities CMU is gaining advanced…


WEBCAST: Learn How the Internet of Things can deliver business value to Power & Utility Companies

The Internet of Things (IoT) promises vast opportunities, but the question we often ask is when trillions of things can be connected, which things should you connect for business value? For Power & Utility companies the energy IoT is a key part of creating the 21st century digital utility but it also poses challenges for…


Protecting Customer Data in Our Cloud through Microsoft Azure

Last month we published guidance for IT Professionals looking to maximize the protection of their data using the tools and technologies available in the Azure platform and related services for encryption, access control and other aspects of data security.  This paper, entitled “Protecting Data in Microsoft Azure” explores key areas that should be considered when…


Free Webinar: How to potentially save millions in operations cost each year with Asset Health

For asset intensive industries such as Power & Utilities, managing complex assets with an asset health approach can better organize and prioritize assets that require attention, better manage the people that maintain them, align operations with overall organizational goals, and potentially save millions of dollars a year. An asset health approach works in concert with…


How Microsoft buys Green Energy

Microsoft is committed to reducing our environmental footprint, and over the past two years we continue to meet our goal of becoming carbon neutral.  Our approach continues to evolve and recently we are announced another move to make our operations more environmentally sustainable by signing a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for wind energy in…


British Gas goes Social with Yammer

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. It’s how people keep up with each other’s lives. On the enterprise level, businesses have to be agile to…


Reinventing productivity and platforms

Reinventing productivity and platforms is a broad trend we are seeing within the power and utilities industry today. In fact, our very own Veronica Cavazos, Industry Solutions Manager for Power & Utilities recently authored this article in PennEnergy about this very topic. She talks about her work with the top power and utility companies around…