Ryan Bechtel and Keith Hupperts had the opportunity to attend this year's Technology Conference presented by North Carolina's electric cooperatives, in conjunction with NCAEC. The theme was 'Convergence - The New Reality'. The conference opened with a great CEO panel discussion on how their cooperatives were responding to the challenges and opportunities that utilities face as technology evolves with regards to gained efficiency and IT resource management, implementation and adoption challenges, and the importance of cross-departmental collaboration to achieve the true value of these systems. During the breakout sessions Keith was able to attend very interesting discussions on mobile and SaaS-based solutions.
They also had the chance to meet with existing customers and to make acquaintances with other cooperatives. They talked a lot about our Fiber Manager and ArcFM Mobile products, as well as our Small Utility Enterprise License Agreement offering. There was also plenty of time to mix with other vendors to get a sense of the technology market as a whole, from security issues to AMI, CIS to GIS, SCADA to hardware, and everything in-between.