Category Archives: Sector: Energy & Utilities

Immersive technology becoming mainstream

Immersive technology refers to augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).  A recent report from the Capgemini Research Institute reveals that both these technologies are being widely adopted in the manufacturing and utilities sectors.  And that they are having a … Continue reading

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Here comes the sun!

Over the bank holiday weekend in the UK, solar energy provided more electricity than any other form of power generation.  This Bloomberg article explains exactly how much.  It also has a graphic that shows how wholesale electric prices are being … Continue reading

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Using sensors and analytics to predict and/or resolve problems

Short 3 minute video from IBM about “predictive maintenance”.  Actually it explains how sensors and analytics can be used to diagnose all kinds of problems so that they can be fixed, not just the maintenance of plant and machinery.

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The IoT provides a data fest, but what to do with it all?

Apparently an oil rig has 30,000 sensors on it, but only 1% of these generate data that is analysed.  This is because most sensors are reporting, as frequently as every second, that the device or machinery being monitored is performing … Continue reading

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How to navigate the “digital deluge”

This article from Deloitte Insights is focused on how companies in the oil and gas industry can engage in digital transformation.  But it is also of general interest for two reasons.  First, it identifies the notion of a ‘digital deluge’ … Continue reading

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Artificial intelligence – how it might impact on business success

A new discussion paper from mckinsey.com – “How artificial intelligence can deliver real value to companies”.  It includes a survey of 3,000 ‘AI aware companies’ across the world.  This suggests that early adopters of this technology have higher margins than … Continue reading

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Digital transformation at work in a variety of industry settings

General Electric (GE) was created in 1892 through the merger of two companies, one of which was founded by Thomas Edison, the inventor of many electrical appliances.  Throughout the twentieth century it was one of world’s largest manufacturers of electrical … Continue reading

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‘Ways to win in emerging markets’

This article from http://www.strategy-business.com discusses ‘new’ ways to secure business in emerging market, most notably India, China and Brazil.  I’m not sure how ‘new’ they really are, but Wijeratne et al (2017) make some good points.  First, companies have become … Continue reading

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£36 billion – the cost of poor service

Ombudsman Services has just issue a press release that highlights the findings of their fourth annual Consumer Action Report.  It has calculated that the total cost to UK operators of poor service is £36 billion.  The main points are: More … Continue reading

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Fusion? A joint China, EU, India, Korea, Russia and United States project

It is not often that you hear about all these countries collaborating together on a single project.  But for the last ten years that is what they have been doing.  And it is planned to continue for another 25 years … Continue reading

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