Windows 8: So Simple

  From Portugal, we at Microsoft have this very cute video of a young boy demonstrating Windows 8 to people at a store. The video caught our eye for three reasons. First, it’s cute. The reactions of people to the demonstration – given by a 8 or 9-year-old boy – are fun to watch. It’s…

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A Day in the Utility Life: OpenText, SAP and SharePoint Work together for Enterprise Asset Management

To set your expectations, the video we’re going to blog about doesn’t have any daredevils exiting perfectly good helicopters to fix high wires with gazillions of volts passing around them, but there’s still some very good stuff you should know about. That’s because the video is offers a great “day in the life” type example…

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Solving Wind Intermittency Using Microsoft Technologies

The problem of renewables’ intermittency has long been the Achilles’s heel of wind power. The wind doesn’t always blow, and when it does blow, it can be variable in intensity and duration, or at times when power is not needed. It’s with great pleasure that we can provide some hope to those invested in the…

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Managing the Utility Information Explosion Using Cloud-based Offerings from OpenText in Windows 8

We often talk about the data tsunami that results from the creation of data points from smart meters, grid devices, customer interaction and operating performance. But that’s data. What about all the information that is created by the utility’s smart people? How is that managed from an enterprise viewpoint so that the information is put…

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Utility IT Departments Take the Driver Seat for Cloud Services

We read with interest a short opinion piece in CIO Asia the other day, titled “Microsoft’s Cloud Services Mix Leaves Many Vendors in the Dust.” The thrust of the piece was that “only Microsoft has the full solution right now. With Azure and services such as Office 365, Redmond has both desktop- and server-based subscription…

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Surface’s Electrifying Debut!

  October 26 was our big launch date for Windows 8 and Surface computers. The commercials have been great fun with cool music, great choreography and interesting visuals which you can check out here. Maybe what’s even more interesting is the engineering that went into making Surface which is captured in this video. Of course,…

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Telvent Helps Anglian Water Services Put Software Thumb in Dike

We talk a lot on this blog about how data analysis can help electric utilities make great new discoveries about, say, their network operations but we don’t often get to talk about how data is serving the water utility industry in the same way. Today, we can. A press release out a few weeks back…


Windows 8: Ready for Utilities

The Wall Street Journal’s iconic technology reviewer Walter Mossberg predicts that the Windows 8 operating system that we launched last week is ‘pretty radical’ and ‘even bigger’ than Microsoft’s first attempt to rethink its operating system back in 1995. Well, we will let you be the judge of all that after you give it a…


Managing Content, the Microsoft Partner Way

  Utilitis produce incredible amounts of new information each day. There are memos within departments explaining a new business process. Engineering observations are generated in response to situations occurring in the field. Text or instant messages create a history of instructions for using software to  solve a reporting function. The list could go on. These…


Orchestrated Movements, Safety Tracking A Part of Our Partner Offerings

We came across this stunning video of a utility line worker being lifted by a helicopter onto live electricity wires to perform a choreographed maintenance performance while a million volts course around his body. There are several more videos, with commentary here here and here. It’s quite an exhilarating video if you have not seen…

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