In this week's episode, the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast was joined by Andrew Braeger, Data Engineering Manager at Tacoma Public Utilities. Andrew was key in this Washington power provider in adopting cloud-based tools to optimize operations, and he shares on this episodes his lessons learned and offers advice for those utilities just beginning on this same journey.
The utility sector has become just as much about its data as it has the energy, and collecting, tracking, and utilizing the mountains of data utilities are able to collect is no small feat. By harnessing the opportunity for cloud-based solutions, power providers are increasingly streamlining their processes in ways that were never previously possible, with opportunities arising in every corner of the enterprise: from customer information to workforce planning, from tracking costs to ensuring asset health, and so much more. Andrew noted, for example:
What I would encourage utility organizations interested engaging in Cloud computing is to start with a single use case, and really explore what that prototype or pilot solution might look like. What are the learnings associated with that effort? What were the pros and cons associated with that effort? For us at Tacoma Public Utilities, it revolved around analytics. We wanted to take a couple of analytics use cases related to fish survival and related to water quality, two very tangible use cases that have pretty clearly defined problem areas. And see if using a Cloud-based ecosystem would make sense to solve for those analytic use cases.
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 #68: 'Planning The Cloud Journey' With Andrew Braeger Of Tacoma Public Utilities [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]
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