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Christopher Pepe to Speak at DevChatt

By Praecipio Consulting on May 24, 2011 11:00:00 AM

Christopher Pepe, head of our Atlassian practice, will travel to Chattanooga this weekend to present at DevChatt – a tech-focused conference for software developers and technology enthusiasts. His presentation – “Jira and Greenhopper for Agile Development” – will focus on how plugins are greats ideas but not the only ideas, how there aren’t any silver bullets, and how to use Greenhopper more effectively for Agile. Be sure to check it out – Christopher will knock your socks (or flip-flops) off.

Jira and Greenhopper are customizable Atlassian tools used for a variety of things. They excel at issue tracking and task/project management. If you’ve never heard of Atlassian, you should know they recently received a $60 million investment from Accel Partners, the same folks who invested in the likes of Facebook and Etsy – meaning it’s likely Atlassian will become a household name in the technology scene in the next five years.

DevChatt’s Chattanooga location is quite relevant in light of the city’s recent achievement: the fastest internet in the US. In 2010 the Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga released one of the nation’s first fiber-optic SmartGrids, giving commercial and residential customers 1GB-per-second internet speeds. Because of this, there’s a wealth of opportunity and entrepreneurial spirit in the up-and-coming Tennessee city – making it the perfect place for a collaborative conference like DevChatt.

Follow Christopher on Twitter, or meet him in person this weekend. Hope you enjoy DevChatt!

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Ideas from SmartGrid Roadshow: Chattanooga

By Praecipio Consulting on May 5, 2011 11:00:00 AM

We’re having a blast at Chattanooga’s SmartGrid Roadshow this week. The show’s been a host to hundreds of industry-changing intelligence that will lead electric utilities into the next generation of energy. We’re here collaborating with other energy market technology leaders about how utilities can re-engineer their business processes to support grid digitization and more customer empowerment.

A key part of this is the role of open source in SmartGrid technology – and questions about how it will be leveraged within new industry standards for application development, infrastructure, platforms, etc (check out TVA’s code library, an open source project for Phasor Data Concentrators (PDC), for a taste).

In a world where climate change is already active (yes, it is), SmartGrid technology – which is already the direction of the energy industry – will shepherd us into an era of change. We’re excited to help utilities prepare to evolve. Thanks again to the folks who put together the Roadshow as a summit for new ideas.

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SmartGrid: The Future of Electric Power

By Praecipio Consulting on Apr 14, 2011 11:00:00 AM

SmartGrid technology is the effective future of the electric power industry. Just consider the numbers: the US SmartGrid market is expected to double in size between 2009 and 2014, from $21.4 billion to $42.8 billion, with global SmartGrid spending exceeding $200 billion in 2015. With significant aid from federal stimulus funding, SmartGrid development and implementation has already begun across the US. Experts expect SmartGrid technology to become the electric industry standard within 20 years.

You’re probably familiar with what SmartGrids can do. If you’re not, think improved energy consumption information + customer empowerment. SmartGrids leverage automated power systems that monitor and control grid activities, ensuring a constant two-way flow of electricity and information between plants, consumers, and points in between. That information will originate from millions of data points scattered among system devices, enabling utilities to adapt electricity delivery to usage patterns. Demand-response software will enable utilities and consumers to turn high-demand appliances on and off during peak demand periods, improving efficiency. Technology can allow consumers to monitor their home’s energy consumption at the appliance-level (dishwasher, refrigerator, etc), and adjust their thermostats and other power-consuming devices via computers and mobile phones. Basically, SmartGrids will allow consumers and grid operators to understand what’s going on demand-side and make grid management more intelligent.

Information technology (IT) is the driver of SmartGrid technology. Custom software, data management, systems integration, and data security are critical to SmartGrid operations. We bring these solutions to utilities en route to SmartGrid deployment. If you’re making the move, talk to us. We prepare companies for the switch.

Topics: blog management software technology security smartgrid utilities data deployment information integration it operations bespoke
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Giving Back by Promoting Healthy Communities

By Praecipio Consulting on Sep 28, 2010 11:00:00 AM

At Praecipio Consulting, we care about promoting sustainability. By reducing organizational waste and making businesses more efficient, we can make a company more profitable while lessening its environmental footprint.

Promoting sustainability is a key component of our mission. Giving back to our local and global community is a product of this. We’re all responsible for maintaining healthy communities – businesses and individuals alike. We’ve chosen to spend a portion of our time developing communities at home and abroad, including our latest service trip to Nicaragua and soccer camp in Chattanooga. Through our parent company, we’re also partnered with Durham, North Carolina-based Glean Organics to gather food waste from businesses in the Research Triangle to divert landfill-bound waste and compost it for re-use.

We do our best to work on projects that align with our mission. We helped the Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga prepare and activate for their fiber-optic SmartGrid implementation – the first fully-functional fiber-optic SmartGrid in the US – which now serves as a testing ground for future SmartGrid and sustainable energy initiatives.

In the same vein, we’re now involved with Envision Charlotte – a project that ropes in talent from Cisco, Duke Energy, and our client Intelligent Buildings to create the nation’s most environmentally sustainable urban core. We really enjoy being involved with these types of projects. Lessening our dependency on energy and the environment is critical to ensuring the health of our communities in the future.

There are indeed plenty of places you can spend your money. Many firms offer the services we offer. We’re proud to say the money you spend on us, however, is going to good places – be it a soccer camp, an orphanage, a local non-profit, or the time we spend helping develop sustainable solutions that enable businesses and their local communities to succeed.

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EPB Unveils Fastest Internet Service in US

By Praecipio Consulting on Sep 13, 2010 11:00:00 AM

Exciting news this morning: one of our clients has unveiled the fastest broadband internet service in the country. Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Electric Power Board (EPB) is offering Internet service of up to 1GB per second. That’s 20 times faster than the average American broadband connection.

The New York Times reported this morning that EPB’s achievement is hugely progressive, as enterprises, cities, and nations debate about how to pursue the “next generation of broadband…seen as the gateway to a new wave of Internet-based products and services.” The Times also noted that Eric Schmidt, Google’s CEO, points to America’s trailing broadband performance as a danger to the country’s competitiveness with other countries – placing us in a sort of “innovation deficit.”

Only Hong Kong and a few other world cities, the Times says, offer 1GB or greater service, making EPB one of the most progressive internet providers in the world. The 1GB internet service will follow EPB’s introduction of its fiber-to-the-home network, which our firm had a hand in facilitating. EPB’s fiber-optic network is the backbone of its fiber-powered SmartGrid. EPB’s SmartGrid provides increased power reliability and greater operational efficiency to its customers – an achievement that, again, is one of the first of its kind in the US.

“Chattanooga is light years ahead when it comes to providing ultra fast broadband,” CEO of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce Tom Edd Wilson said in ASE Labs’ take on EPB’s announcement. “By offering the fastest available speeds to a whole community comprising a diverse population living in both urban and rural areas, Chattanooga has become the living laboratory for today’s innovations and tomorrow’s companies.”

Indeed, EPB’s efforts coincide with Chattanooga’s ambitious high-tech economic development plan in recent years, aided by the federal economic stimulus program. The city is using EPB’s success to promote its development via a website released this morning: ChattanoogaGig.com. The site continues the city’s “legacy of taking bold steps that benefit [their] community.”

To learn more about EPB’s Smart Grid and EPB Fiber Optics’ services, visit EPB’s website.

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