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How effective is your data model?

How effective is your data model?

Article originally posted on Utility Analytics Institute. An enterprise data model will help utilities drive value out of the data platform in fulfilling the holistic approach of semantic reconciliation, sourcing and data governance, as well as the application of data...

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Does data lineage matter?

Does data lineage matter?

From the humble beginnings of ARPANET, the development of the computer and the internet has revolutionized the ways in which we perceive the world. As the endless deluge of information streams across our screens, one can’t help but feel overwhelmed. Indeed, one of the...

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How does a pile of data become useful?

How does a pile of data become useful?

Too often we get caught up on desired outcome because we “know” what we want. We don’t take the time upfront to organize and ensure we have a foundation for how to move forward. Very similar to the approach I would take as a child getting a brand-new Lego set. Of...

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Use weather data to make the grid resilient

Use weather data to make the grid resilient

We are facing an increased number of extreme weather events impacting public safety first and foremost and resulting in billion-dollar disasters. Tornadoes, hurricanes, freezes, and fires impact the ability of any utility to provide safe and reliable electricity to...

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On Ontology: Poetic Assertions

On Ontology: Poetic Assertions

Parmenides of Elea was a Greek philosopher who lived 2,500 years ago. His primary surviving work is a poem often referred to as “On Nature,” the objective of which is to separate truth from opinion. “What is” and “What is not.” Parmenides is considered one of the...

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Is the CIM glass Half Full or Half Empty?

Is the CIM glass Half Full or Half Empty?

Most large electric utilities have had at least one project to ‘try out’ the industry standard Common Information Model (CIM). Several utilities have even moved on to basing their large-scale enterprise application integration efforts on it. While these small and...

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