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Harnessing the Power of Big Data with Powerful Technology Platforms (EPG362CAL)

A Microsoft Approach in Utilities

Original Air
Wed Dec 5, 2012, 8:00 AM, USA Pacific

Duration: 1 Hour

Contact: Academy



Big data is the current buzz but do we understand the opportunity it presents for utilities. What are the integration analysis and reporting lessons we can learn from smart meter and smart grid implementations? Why do utilities need a “different” solution? How can industry data models increase the speed-to-value for your organization? Learn about these lessons and the benefits of leveraging Microsoft technologies, Microsoft Smart Energy Reference Architecture, and ADRM’s utility industry data model to deliver big data solutions across the utility enterprise. And, hear from Idaho Power around why and how they embraced their big data journey with Microsoft and ADRM.

Larry Cochrane
Senior Technology Strategist, Worldwide Utilities Industry
Microsoft Corporation
Larry Cochrane is senior Technology Strategist, Worldwide Power and Utilities for Microsoft. Cochrane joined Microsoft in 2007 and responsibilities include working with Microsoft product groups to create utility-specific solutions, developing and updating a Smart Energy Reference Architecture, and supporting and managing engagements with customers. Cochrane also participates in utility industry standards-setting bodies, supports analyst engagements and enterprise sales activities, and develops technical and sales strategies in concert with utilities vertical partner programs. Prior to joining Microsoft, he worked at AREVA where he was vice president of Automation Systems Research & Development, and before that he worked at ALSTOM ESCA as a director of its products and systems group. Cochrane has 23 years of real-time control system experience ranging from wind turbines to very large scale energy management and markets systems.
Dennis Gribble
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
IDACORP, Inc. and Idaho Power
Dennis Gribble, an Idaho Power employee since 1979, is responsible for the company’s information technology activities. He was appointed to the position of vice president and chief information officer for both IDACORP and Idaho Power in May 2006. Before that he was vice president and treasurer, a position he had held since July 2004. Prior to that Gribble served as controller and as assistant treasurer. Gribble has a breadth of experience with Idaho Power. Some of his duties with the company have included systems analyst, rate analyst, business analyst, business analyst supervisor, financial services manager, corporate accounting and reporting manager and Finance controller. Gribble is a member of the State of Idaho Information Technology Resource Management Advisory Board, Edison Electric Institute CIO Strategic Advisory Committee, Board member for the Idaho Digital Learning Academy, and also the Business Advisory Committee for the University of Phoenix Boise Campus. Gribble has served as a trustee of the Bishop Kelly High School Board of Governance and is a past member of the St. Mary’s school committee, all in Boise, Idaho. Gribble is a graduate of Boise State University with both a BBA in Economics and an MBA.
Kevin Schofield
Kevin has worked for ADRM since 1999 and has led the company to its current position as the leading independent provider of comprehensive industry-specific data models. He has had the privilege to work directly with most of ADRM’s customers across a wide variety of industries to ensure that their large-scale information and data model needs are met. ADRM is proud to have customers in 17 different countries so far. Prior to joining ADRM 13 years ago, Kevin worked at Silverrun Technologies and KPMG Peat Marwick, where he also assisted large companies around the world with various aspects of their information strategy, architecture and database design.
Steve Busby
Technology Solution Specialist –
SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse
Microsoft Corporation
Steve Busby is a Technology Specialist with Microsoft, specializing in SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse. Steve is a fourteen year Microsoft veteran, having spent time in Microsoft’s consulting group (MCS) before moving on to run the Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) in Atlanta. The MTC is a high-end proof of concept testing facility that allows Microsoft’s enterprise customers to prove out the functionality, performance, and scalability of Microsoft’s solutions before purchase and implementation. Prior to Microsoft, Steve was an application developer in the systems planning division of Southern Company Services. Steve has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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