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Enlit Q&A: A discussion with silver sponsor Wipro

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Wipro is a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company. They harness the power of cognitive computing, hyper-automation, robotics, cloud, analytics and emerging technologies to help their clients adapt to the digital world and make them successful.

Clive EwenAhead of their participation at Enlit Australia 2022 as Silver Sponsor, we sat down with Clive Ewin, GM & Head, Wipro A/NZ to find out more about their platform and the impact they are having in the energy transformation space.

  1. What makes Wipro different in the market?

Wipro’s key differentiator is the depth and breadth of our domain knowledge in Utilities. We genuinely operate end to end with a focus on practical business solutions. This is a result of our size and experience in the market local and globally, but also reflects our engineering heritage. We also happen to be both a transformation partner for our clients and the provider of managed services. These two areas are naturally merging as clients seek flexible, highly responsive IT environments.

  1. What are you bringing to ENLT Australia 2022 and Why?

Disruption in Utilities is constant and complex. We want to bring solutions to some of these challenges to ENLIT to discuss with our clients and other attendees. In particular we will be focusing on grid modernisation, a cognitive intelligence platform for Network Management and CDR. The first two address key operational issues in a DER environment, and CDR has significant revenue potential at a time when core revenue’s are falling.

  1. A Cognitive Intelligence Platform for Network Management sounds interesting in a DER environment. Why a Platform rather than data mining?

A number of our clients want to operationalize energy aggregation and home energy management use cases. An “Energy Platform” that integrates Behind-the-Meter assets and aggregates individuals DERs  provides opportunities to offer new services in a federated marketplace. As a pre-built solution with created use cases, it delivers value immediately and can be built out over time. We see this as preferable to starting from scratch.

  1. Why do you see Grid Modernisation as important at this point?

The overall value chain has changed significantly for Electricity T&D organisations with the penetration of distributed sources of energy at the various levels of the network. Whilst it has created opportunities for both consumers and third party aggregators to participate in grid operations, it has raised significant challenges for grid operators to maintain a sustained business model with grid stability, security and resilience. Modernisation is the key means of addressing this.

  1. CDR offers a useful source of revenue. What do you see as the potential risks for Utilities?

Consumer Data Rights (CDR) for energy will enable consumers to authorise third parties to access their energy data. CDR provides opportunities for Utilities to create new customer experience touch points, new services and new revenue streams It also, however, creates an obligation for Utilities to comply with the regulatory changes. At ENLIT we will focus the opportunities that CDR presents for Utilities and what Utilities can do in preparation for CDR compliance

  1. What advice would you give to attendees on maximising the value they get from ENLIT

I think seeking out discussion on the new is the key value that conferences like ENLIT provide. I thinks it’s important to strike the right balance between talking to industry specialists and peer organisations. Learning from the lessons of others means that you don’t have to learn them directly!

  1. And finally, what are you looking to get out of ENLIT Australia 2022

It’s been two years since I’ve been to a face to face conference. I’m looking forward to catching up with old colleague and clients and perhaps meeting some new ones.

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