In recent years, Europe has seen a real boost in the building of renewable generation capacity. Germany is a notable example of a country with significant growth in renewables. As shown in Figure 1 below, since 2000, the average annual growth of installed capacity in Germany has been more than 15 percent, reaching 18-20 percent between 2009 and 2010. For the most part, favorable conditions for the development of renewables have been caused by support schemes, previously based on feed-in-tariffs and competitive auctions. Now the country has reached a point where renewables account for around 53 percent of installed capacity and around 36 percent share in total electricity demand, already exceeding the 2020 target of 35 percent.
Many in the United States’ power generation
industry no doubt long for the relative market
tranquility of the late 20th century. The generation
plants built and operated then were carbon-fueled
or nuclear-powered, with a few hydro-electric
plants sprinkled in. The economics were largely
stable and predictable, often thanks to regulation
that shielded utilities from market fluctuations.
But even in those simpler times, when the
market was far less volatile, there was still
much due diligence required when investors
and developers were considering multi-milliondollar commitments in new generation projects.
Today’s market is more volatile, due in large part
to the disruptive effect of low-cost natural gas
and the subsequent, rapid growth of affordable
As more uneconomical and inefficient generation
plants go offline, there is, for the most part,
sufficient carbon-free or carbon-reduced
generation to meet the growing demand for
electric energy. There are pockets of growth
Over the years, IBM Resilient customers have increased
their IR sophistication at various levels across a spectrum
of maturity. Maturity levels are often necessitated by industry,
available resources, or experience, but most IBM Resilient
customers continually look to evolve their IR function into
a more advanced phase.
Today's energy, environment, and utility companies face an unfamiliar landscape in which they must integrate alternative energies, expand situational awareness across the system, and deepen their relationships with customers-all while continuing to deliver reliable, safe, and affordable electricity, gas and water to everyone.By combining predictive analytics with IoT, cloud and mobile technologies, utilities companies can Lower costs, improve operational efficiency and increase equipment reliability.
In addition to e-books, on-demand video and GPS devices, one of the future technological innovations envisioned by AT&T in its famous early 1990s series of “You Will” commercials was an Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system that enabled drivers to wirelessly pay their tolls as they drove through a toll booth. While that prediction was perhaps not as bold as the others (Europe began developing similar ETC systems in the 1980s), today we take for granted E-ZPass in the U.S. and similar systems where drivers can enter toll roads, HOV lanes, bridges and tunnels without having to stop at a tollbooth to pay.
Typically, these systems require a driver to put an OBU (On Board Unit, which can be called transponder or “edge” IoT device) in their vehicle and, when their vehicle passes through a toll booth, the toll booth wirelessly connects to the edge to automatically deduct the toll from their bank account.
For centuries, new technologies have ushered in entirely new eras of progressive change in all facets of life, and have revolutionized
countless industries. The invention of the steam engine brought about the industrial revolution and expanded trade and transportation.
Quantum physics was the foundation of the electronics revolution that brought us transistors, TV, radio, and computers. And the Internet
has brought about a stunning information and communication revolution, which is still sending shock waves across virtually every industry,
and to the very core of our cultures and lifestyles.
Published By: Sage EMEA
Published Date: May 31, 2019
Making Tax Digital (MTD) is part of a global trend. Governments around the world are making moves to implement electronic data submission and auditing requirements. It makes sense for them, of course – governments say that they are losing billions in tax revenue every year due to non-compliance, whether that’s through simple error or conscious fraud.
Published By: LogMeIn
Published Date: Jul 17, 2012
Within today's competitive environment, where customers are more empowered than ever, organizations are looking to differentiate themselves from the competition and reduce customer churn through improvements in customer satisfaction. A recent Forrester survey found that 86 percent of decision makers rank their customers' experience as one of the top strategic priorities, and that 68 percent want to be customer service leaders in their industry.
However, improving customer experience is no easy task. Companies must truly understand their customers, take into consideration the full spectrum of support they demand, as well as span the different channels their clients prefer for support.
This paper describes key security aspects of developing and operating digital, cloud-based remote monitoring platforms that keep data private and infrastructure systems secure from attackers. This knowledge of how these platforms should be developed and deployed is helpful when evaluating the merits of remote monitoring vendors and their solutions.
In this white paper, we will look into:
• The changing face of the colocation buyer
• Industry structure, including mergers and acquisitions
• The Internet of Things and big data
• Edge computing
• Cloud computing and Internet Giants
• The impact of data center infrastructure management (DCIM)
• Data center design architectures
This paper proposes standard terminology for categorizing the types of prefabricated modular data centers, defines and compares their key attributes, and provides a framework for choosing the best approach(es) based on business requirements.
This paper discusses making realistic improvements to power, cooling, racks, physical security, monitoring, and lighting. The focus of this paper is on small server rooms and branch offices with up to 10kW of IT load.
In this paper, we describe and critique the common physical infrastructure practices seen today, propose a method of analyzing the resiliency needed, and discuss best practices that will ensure employees remain connected to their business critical applications.
The Cloud Opportunity is Compelling Cloud solutions offer benefits along implementation, operational, and business dimensions. They provide companies the flexibility and agility they need to compete in today’s changing Automotive market as old and new players alike try to capitalize on the transition to electric, autonomous vehicles. Companies are not willing to trade off the PIP features that directly impact their success drivers – quality, innovation, reliability, performance, and product cost.
Published By: IBM APAC
Published Date: Mar 19, 2018
IBM’s Spectrum Protect offering boasts more than 20 years of achievement in the protection and recovery of key IT systems. So, it would be easy to suppose that IBM’s new Spectrum Protect Plus and Spectrum Copy Data Management software offerings simply represent “Spectrum Protect with extra features.” That assumption would be incorrect. They are standalone, reimagined approaches aiming to solve a daunting IT challenge—virtualization protection/recovery—and aspiring to attain a coveted IT outcome—effective data management and enablement (DM&E), referred to by many as “copy data management” (CDM).
Published By: IBM APAC
Published Date: Mar 19, 2018
Unstructured data has exploded in volume over the past decade. Unstructured data, media files and other data can be created just about anywhere on the planet using almost any smart device available today. As the amount of unstructured data grows exponentially, customers using this data need to be able to take advantage of the right storage solutions to support all of their file and object data requirements. IBM® recently added a new storage system to their Spectrum product family, IBM Spectrum Network Attached Storage (NAS). IBM Spectrum NAS adds another software-defined file storage system to IBM’s current unstructured data storage solutions, IBM Spectrum Scale™ and IBM Cloud Object Storage (COS). Below, we will discuss the three systems and supply some guidance on when and where to use each of them.
Published By: Diligent
Published Date: Jul 10, 2017
You may already know what a board portal is. You Probably know that paper is heavy and hackers are a risk, and by now, you know there are multiple vendors that offer board portals. You may not realize that by making the right choice, a board can improve governance and efficiency while collaborating in a secure setting.
With lots of vendors to choose from, here are the most important questions to ask during your search, divided into the five essential categories. For private, public, non profit and government boards alike, finding an app that excels across all five categories will lead to better electronic security and a more productive board.
Published By: Oracle OMC
Published Date: Nov 30, 2017
Successful email marketing, demand generation, and lead management processes hinge on a modern strategy closely aligned to buyer needs and expectations across all phases of the buying process. Using a wide spectrum of digital channels, today’s buyers employ an extensive network of tools and resources to
make the most informed purchase decisions.
The Modern Marketing era is driven by the self-educated buyer who marketers must engage to achieve a relevant, targeted, and value-based customer experience. Marketers are increasingly enhancing their understanding of how data can fuel the delivery of meaningful interactions. This access to vast sources of information that marketers are applying to execute and achieve more refined marketing simply can’t be gleaned manually.
Published By: Oracle OMC
Published Date: Nov 30, 2017
Innovative delivery and content is THE currency in advertising and only programmatic platforms can deliver the value to the advertiser to ensure the return on these immersive media formats. That movement happened quickly and brands had to still find a way to connect and with the accountability being included, could finally measure success based on more than recall or click through rate (CTR).
Programmatic advertising provides for repeatable, automated advertising that allows for exponential success and accountability, which is precisely what advertisers historically were missing and continually seek.