The first part of every year offers a brief opportunity to think about the months ahead. As such we always make it a part of our new year planning to check out what the analysts at IDC Energy Insights are thinking about the utility industry, in both North America and Europe, the Middle East and Africa. As such here is the information on upcoming Webcasts you may want to put on your calendar. They always provide some interesting nuggets of information:image

IDC Insights Predictions 2011: Energy Utilities, 11 January

A complimentary webcast, “IDC Energy Insights' Top Ten Predictions for the North American Utilities industry,” will review the major business and regulatory drivers impacting technology investment and will identify and discuss the major technology trends in 2011 and beyond. An understanding of the industry's most dynamic trends will help industry executives hone their strategies and spending plans in 2011. This briefing will be hosted by Rick Nicholson, Research VP, Jill Feblowitz, Practice Director, and Research Managers, Jay Holman, Sam Jaffe, and Marcus Torchia.

EMEA Utility Top 10 Predictions 2011, 26 January

This complimentary webcast will discuss how the energy industry is expected to evolve towards a different paradigm more sustainable, secure and intelligent. The catch phrase of this year's EMEA Utility Industry 2011 Top 10 Predictions is "Same Destination, Different Journeys," signifying the global utility industry's common future of Smart Grids, but also the very diverse contexts in which the companies are acting to reach this common future. The 2011 EMEA Utility Industry Top 10 Predictions will cover a wide range of topics, from Distribution automation and Asset management in Intelligent Grids; up of Smart Metering and Sub-metering, New Smart Grids business models, Plug-in Electric Vehicles, Scale, Water market, Integration to manage data dynamics and complexities, Pervasive Intelligence, Security and Data Privacy and IT Spending.

Happy New Year! – Jon C. Arnold