Embracing the Cloud: Lincoln Bleveans on Cloud Based Software platform for Utilities
Lincoln Bleavens is an experienced executive and speaker, currently serving as the Executive Director of Sustainability & Energy Management at Stanford University. With a passion for writing and a deep understanding of the current transformation happening in the utility industry, Lincoln is a thought leader in the field and has shared his insights on the best ways for water utilities to adopt and adapt cloud transformation.
Utility should adopt the cloud
As a business, it is crucial to embrace the cloud and all it has to offer. The benefits of cost savings, improved customer service, and increased supply chain efficiency are too great to ignore. However, it is important to approach the cloud with caution and a clear understanding of what your capabilities are. While larger utilities may have the resources to build their own systems, the integration of the Internet of Things and the increasing reliance on cloud-based technologies make it imperative for utilities to carefully and thoughtfully embrace the cloud. Keep in mind that this process can be complex and constantly evolving, so it is important to approach it with caution and a clear understanding of the potential challenges and rewards.
Key challenges utilities are facing in the Cloud
There are two main risks that utilities must consider: reliability and security. Reliability is crucial for utilities, as their services must be provided on an absolutely reliable basis. This desire for control has led to a focus on maintaining control over every aspect of their operations, including the flow of information and decision-making tools. Security is also a critical concern for utilities, as their value chain is no longer simply a linear, non-digital relationship. Ensuring the security of their systems is essential to maintain control and protect against potential threats.