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    Energy Central's Power Perspectives Podcast Explores the Utility Journey to Cloud Computing with Barry Jones, Federal Information Assurance and Compliance Expert

    December 9, 2021 - Energy Central


      The newest episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast takes listeners up to the Cloud via a conversation with Barry Jones. Barry is an independent consultant who gets knee deep in information assurance, privacy and regulatory compliance, and cloud-based systems, having brought that expertise to everyone from PG&E to the U.S. Department of Energy.

      Thanks to Barry's expertise, this episode dives into all the how's and why's behind the utility journey to cloud computing, highlighting the operational opportunities presented as well as discussing the common challenges and pain points, like cybersecurity concerns and identifying the best cost options. On that pathway towards embracing the cloud, Barry notes that:

      There's not a defined roadmap. I think some companies are ahead of the curve and others are a little bit behind. And this is partly due to the nature of what they currently have. Many utilities, there's municipalities, there's government entities, there's Mum and Pop generators out there, things like that. So they have different footprints and technologies. And then on top of that, you have a rate based customer that depending on where they live, maybe the cost of electricity is really imperative that they keep that low. So some of them are exploring it at different paces, but the way I see this unfolding and from talking to people within the industry is they want to look at first their existing costs. And they've done that for several years for email and accounting systems, things like that, and say, how can we gain a benefit?

      This entry into the podcast, like all of the series episodes, can be found on all major podcast outlets, including iTunes and Spotify, or it can be listened to directly on the Energy Central platform. Give it a listen and share your reaction in the comments.

      Episode #62: ‘Elevating Digital Utility Systems to the Cloud' with Barry Jones, Federal Information Assurance and Compliance [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]

      About Energy Central Podcast Series:

      The ‘Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast’ features conversations with thought leaders in the utility sector. At least twice monthly, we connect with an Energy Central Power Industry Network community member to discuss compelling topics that impact professionals who work in the power industry. Some podcasts may be a continuation of thought-provoking posts or discussions started in the community or with an industry leader that is interested in sharing their expertise and doing a deeper dive into hot topics or issues relevant to the industry.

      The ‘Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast’ is the premiere podcast series from Energy Central, a Power Industry Network of Communities built specifically for professionals in the electric power industry and a place where professionals can share, learn, and connect in a collaborative environment. Supported by leading industry organizations, our mission is to help global power industry professionals work better. Since 1995, we’ve been a trusted news and information source for professionals working in the power industry, and today our managed communities are a place for lively discussions, debates, and analysis to take place. If you’re not yet a member, visit to register for free and join over 200,000 of your peers working in the power industry.

      The Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast is hosted by Jason Price, Community Ambassador of Energy Central. Jason is a Business Development Executive at West Monroe, working in the East Coast Energy and Utilities Group. Jason is joined in the podcast booth by the producer of the podcast, Matt Chester, who is also the Community Manager of Energy Central and energy analyst/independent consultant in energy policy, markets, and technology.

      If you want to be a guest on a future episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast, let us know! We'll be pulling guests from our community members who submit engaging content that gets our community talking, and perhaps that next guest will be you! Likewise, if you see an article submitted by a fellow Energy Central community member that you'd like to hear about in more detail, feel free to send us a note to nominate them. To contact us, email Podcast interviews are free for Expert Members and professionals who work for a utility. We have package offers available for solution providers and vendors.


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