Weather hits utilities

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See class and model on asset strategy and a paper and model on risk/resilience, for my colleague and utility expert Bob Thurlby. More …

Recent bad UK weather has caused another round of severe damage and disconnections for households and businesses. For suppliers, increasingly frequent and serious events pose major challenges. These concern not just how to respond when events occur, but also how to set a mid- to long-term strategy for most reliable service, most resilient to ...

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Managing messes

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Making the Most of Mess suggests we manage strategy/policy the same way control engineers manage complex physical systems … which is exactly what system dynamics has made possible for the last 50 years, since it is precisely the use of control-theory principles for understanding and managing social systems. It has its limits but we can go a long, long way …

We may need first to clarify what we mean by “mess”. I haven’t been all through the book, but ...

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Precision agriculture (PA) roll-out

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Precision-agriculture means using fertiliser+pesticides+water exactly where needed, based on soil and crop conditions detected by satellite or ground sensors. An exec student, Brian Evarts at Cisco, just completed a fascinating and very encouraging project on potential roll-out of PA across a farming sector. PA results in big cuts in these costly inputs, increases in yields and less environmental damage.

In essence, it’s an adoption problem – farmers have to move from being unaware of the opportunity, to being aware, to being ...

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Cisco webinar SD intro and examples

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See talk given to Cisco leaders. Includes summary of  the method and software + examples in IT. Contents list and timings as follows:

0min : 0sec The method and software tool
12:50 Capturing automation impact on service productivity
19:50 Move to recurring revenue business
22:30 Strategic change in IT Outsourcing
24:55 The recent uptake of dynamic modeling
28.50 Staff pipeline for consultative selling
31:34 Online course and Winter-School

 

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