Australian Utility CIOs converge in Melbourne for digital transformation expo


Australian Utility Week 2017 on 29-30 November, Melbourne, is large digital utility expo that profiles the digital strategies of water and power utilities. We have 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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