Top 6 Reasons Not to Miss AclaraConnect 2017
How do you learn about the new technologies that will help you move forward your next project or idea to improve your electric, water or gas distribution grid? You can attend webinars, listen to podcasts, watch videos, read blogs or take part in a LinkedIn group, to name just a few.
But while these are useful and important ways to learn, they don’t provide a way to personally connect with peers, share stories and experience the latest products and technology developments. That’s why you need to attend Aclara Connect 2017 (#AclaraConnect)
Here are 6 reasons to mark your calendar, register and book your trip
1 — You’ll Discover the Secrets of “Being a Game-Changer” from Winning Super Bowl Quarterback Peyton Manning
Hear what it takes to be a winner from a transformational figure in the game of football. Last year’s Super Bowl winner will address how game changers thrive on discomfort, prepare ceaselessly and are constantly learning, self-evaluating, and evolving.
2 –You’ll Hear What It Takes to Protect Your Utility’s IT Systems and the Grid
Security is a hot button issue, especially since a code associated with the “Grizzly Steppe” Russian hacking operation was detected within a Vermont utility’s system. AclaraConnect will host one of the nation’s leading security experts, Mark Bristow, Deputy Director of the Hunt and Incident Response Team for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who will talk about the importance of cybersecurity and how Russian hacking could affect the electrical grid.
3 –You’ll Learn What Your Customers Want and How to Meet Their Needs
Get the scoop on what your customers expect, how satisfied they are with your services and how to best reach them in two insightful talks – one from Patty Durand, president of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, and Andrew Heath, senior director utilities & infrastructure practice at J.D. Power.
4 –You’ll Hear How Colleagues Are Meeting Similar Challenges
At AclaraConnect you’ll hear from colleagues at other utilities and learn through case studies detailing their implementations how they are solving the same problems you face.
5 — You’ll Return Educated and Ready to Put New Ideas To Work
AclaraConnect offers five days of hands on learning that includes in-depth pre- and post-conference training, over 100 sessions on the latest developments in the Aclara portfolio, live demos and one-to-one networking opportunities with Aclara professionals, industry vendors and colleagues from across the country and around the world.
6 — You’ll Experience New Orleans in April!
Also known as NOLA or the Big Easy, New Orleans is a magical place and probably the most unique city in America. The city’s French and Creole heritage is reflected in its culture, ambience and architecture. Located on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico, the city, known as the birthplace of jazz, offers visitors an exciting nightlife, a vibrant live-music scene and a spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures.