10 amazing sights you can only see at Oracle Industry Connect

We know that clearing your calendar for a conference can be difficult. We know to make the time and effort worth your while requires some fabulous learning, some fascinating insights and some unforgettable connections. Here are 10 features that prove the ROI for attending Oracle Industry Connect this year.

  1. An opening general session that helps you craft strategy: Get advice on how to weather the changing utility landscape from insiders, including Oracle Utilities GM & SVP Rodger Smith and Southern Company VP and COO Kim Greene during the first conference sit-down.
  2. A focus on your individual health, both mind and body: While gathering a whole lot of great insider information on the utilities industry, you don’t have to neglect your personal exercise routine. Oracle Industry Connect offers sunrise yoga or kickboxing classes every morning before the sessions begin.
  3. A discussion on where and when your investments will pay off: We know you wonder about the timing—when will the cash put into your customer programs, grid upgrades and data analytics see a real return? Tune in as ComEd VP Carol Bartucci and former CEO and President of NRG Home Steve McBee evaluate the situation.
  4. An opportunity to really network with peers: While every conference offers you the mingling option, only a more intimate executive conference such as Oracle Industry Connect ensures that your conversations will be on-point and insightful. And you have ample networking options at the show, from breakfasts to the Connect Zone, an onsite spot reserved for conversation and engagement.
  5. An answer to your self-service question: How do you transform your customer’s experience using self-service? Take notes from Vectren and PG&E as they walk you through their utilities’ web redesigns with an eye on a more interactive experience (and more active customer).
  6. A sighting of one famous newsman: We’re all fans of the legendary Tom Brokaw. Come hear him talk about the business lessons he’s learned after a lifetime of covering companies and industries for NBC News. (I’ll save you a seat in the front row next to me. That’s where the true Brokaw fans will be—within his line of sight.)
  7. A potential path to becoming a trusted energy advisor: Con Edison VP Matt Kertschke and Enmax CEO Gianna Manes discuss new models and how to evolve your utility into the top-of-mind consultant for your customers’ energy questions and needs.
  8. An outsider’s inside view: Sometimes a new look at an old problem can bring explosive change. So, have a listen to Altimeter Group’s Brian Solis, analyst, futurist and digital anthropologist, at the second general session on Wednesday and see what new insights he can offer about your strategies.
  9. An insider’s outside view: Raiford Smith (currently VP at Entergy) has worked at a number of utilities over the years. Considered quite the guru, he may well be one of the smartest fellows in this industry. At Oracle Industry Connect, he’s going to build the case for a customer-centric grid in the age outside our centralized status quo—the coming age of distributed energy.
  10. A moment to release your inner kiddo: So, all of this great info, great networking and cardio kickboxing is all happening onsite at Disney World’s Swan & Dolphin resort. After a hard day of learning on Tuesday, you should enjoy some Disney exclusivity at EPCOT’s China pavilion for our hospitality reception. And you can also wander out to the parks on your own and indulge in Mickey spotting, Disneybounding and some distinctive ear-shaped ice cream on a stick.


Sold on Oracle Industry Connect? Come join us. Get more information on Oracle Industry Connect here or request an invitation here. We hope to see you in Orlando March 20-22, 2017.

And you can follow the conference action on Twitter with #OracleIC17.





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In the shortest terms: I'm the writer here at Oracle Opower. Been penning pieces about the energy biz for almost 20 years with stints at Electric Light & Power magazine, POWERGRID International magazine and Intelligent Utility magazine.