The mission of this group is to bring together utility professionals in the power industry who are in the thick of the digital utility transformation. 


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Speaking Canadian, The Digital Utility, and where to Find Visionaries

When people ask me what I do for a living and the words “utility industry” fall from my mouth, I can almost hear them splat on the ground in front of me. If you’ve had similar experiences, you know that “Huh?” is the standard American response, or “Ey?” if the person speaks Canadian (I am Canadian/American so I use both).

The ante was recently upped when Energy Central asked me to lead discussions on for their Intelligent Utility Network which includes the Digital Utility Group. “What is a ‘Digital Utility’?” and “How ‘digital’ does my company have to be to call ourselves a ‘Digital Utility’?” are questions that I have been asked.


Although, becoming a digital business includes the adoption of processes, technologies and solutions, it should be seen less as the acquisition of ‘things’ and more as new ways of doing things that start with alignment around the direction of the business supported by thorough organizational change management.


In an article by McKinsey & Company’s By Karel Dörner and David Edelman, What ‘Digital Really Means, they break down the digital business by three attributes that include:

  • Creating value at the new frontiers of the business world;
  • Creating value in the processes that execute a vision of customer experiences; and
  • Building foundational capabilities that support the entire structure to make proactive decisions, offer contextual interactivity, real-time automation and journey-focused innovation.

Because digital transformation is clearly no small feat, Energy Central founded the Digital Utility Professionals Group under the mission to bring together utility professionals in the power industry who are in the thick of the digital utility transformation.” 

The group is made up of utility company employees and industry analysts, advisors and product and service providers who share experiences and solve problems for the betterment of all power utilities and the companies that serve them.

“Digital business is a disruptive transformation that's not possible to achieve without the visionaries among us willing to push the boundaries of what's possible without sweating the details,” writes Gartner in the report: Make Digital Business Transformation a Practical Reality.

Visionaries are who you will find in each of the six networks that include 15 topical communities.

Opportunities to Engage

  1. Register. Registration is free for everyone. As a registered user, you are automatically joined to our Utility Professionals Group. You can also join any of our 14 other community groups to:   
    1. Post and share knowledge
    2. Ask and answer questions
    3. Message and follow other members to building your professional network
  2. Become a published author. Once you are registered, you can submit thought-leadership articles (Energy Central must approve all content and definitely doesn’t publish sales pitches)
  3. Sponsor. Showcase your knowledge and commitment to the betterment of the industry by sponsoring any of Energy Central’s six online groups


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