I’m packing one (eco-friendly!) bag to hit the road next week to visit utility customers and attend one of the industry’s largest tradeshows, DistribuTECH. As we get ready for Cisco’s inaugural appearance at this event (booth #2037), I’m excited to report progress on a number of fronts related to our Smart Grid business. We are working with new customers, adding talent to our team and engaging with partners to put into place the pieces of a comprehensive, Smart Grid strategy.
Yesterday, we announced an exciting new engagement with ENMAX, a leading Canadian utility that serves more than 600,000 customers in the Calgary region. Together, we will work to advance ENMAX’s Smart Grid vision including building energy management, residential energy management, data centre readiness, system security and renewable energy optimization.
In order to develop exciting new solutions for customers like ENMAX, we are growing our leadership team:
- Dr. Jeff Taft, a veteran of the energy and technology sectors with more than 25 years experience in his field, joins us as a distinguished engineer and our Chief Smart Grid Architect. Jeff will guide the design, development and implementation of smart grid architectures across Cisco’s utilities customers, focusing on the integration and convergence of communications networking into the grid;
- Guiding our product development efforts will be Tazio De Nicolo, a pioneer in Cisco switching and storage charters. Tazio joined Cisco in 1993 from Cisco’s first acquisition, Crescendo Communications, where he was the Co-Founder and Director of Engineering and will now act as Vice President of Engineering for the Smart Grid Business Unit;
And (as if that’s not enough) we continue to build relationships with exciting partners in the growing Smart Grid space. Since the September 2009 launch of the Cisco Smart Grid Ecosystem, we have added 15 new and innovative companies. There is a lot of work ahead of us to make the vision of Smart Grid a reality. With these pieces falling into place, I’m ever more confident that Cisco will play an important role and, as always, excited to get out to talk to customers, partners and colleagues next week!!