Australian Utility CIOs Converge in Melbourne for Digital Transformation Expo

MELBOURNE, Australia, Oct. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Australian Utility Week 2017, a brand belonging to Clarion Events, will be held on 29-30 November in Melbourne, is a large digital utility expo that profiles the digital strategies of water and power utilities. The event has attracted a large group of utility CIOs and digital leaders who share their insights on the digital transformation processes their companies are going through. The processes include both enterprise based efficiency programs and also customer centricity strategies to boost their engagement and retention efforts.

Attendees and speakers confirmed include:

  • John Ansley, CIO, Essential Energy
  • Geoff Purcell, CTO, Melbourne Water
  • Kevin Angland, GM Digital Services, Mercury, NZ
  • Edwin Shaw, Head of ICT, Ausgrid
  • Mahesh Krishnan, Principal Technologist, IT CTO, AGL Energy
  • Eric Pellicer, Network Transformation Manager, Powerco, NZ
  • Peter O'Donoghue, CIO, South East Water
  • Richard Spurrett, GM Technology, Icon Water
  • Megan Fisher, Head of Digital and Innovation, AusNet Services
  • Savita Tilton, Enterprise Architect, EnergyAustralia
  • Brian Mifsud, Manager - IT Applications and Project Services, Western Water
  • Leeanne Chau, Program Director - ICT Transformation, Ausgrid
  • Claire Hunter, Manager Technology Service Delivery, Barwon Water
  • Aaron O'Brien, Network Technologies Engineer, CitiPower & Powercor
  • Peter Barnes, CTO, Geomatic Technologies
  • Robert Schwieger, CIO, Alinta Energy
  • Phil Ridley, CIO/COO, Mojo Power

According to the Expo Director, Roderic Mclauchlan: "Utilities are under pressure to improve their operational efficiency while also adapting more customer centric interfaces to keep in touch with similar services offered by telcos, banks and internet retailers. The CIO is ultimately responsible for the strategic direction the utility takes on such issues as the Cloud based operating system, IoT security strategies and how to best way to integrate 3rd part software solutions. Adding to their stress is the need to recruit new staff with expertise in digital business when the ICT executive market is already constrained and their budgets are smaller than other sectors. Our show is focused on how CIO's can best manage these challenges by creating a forum to share insights and successes."

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