Oracle’s software guru Guerry Waters eats and breathes the new infrastructure.
Bruce W. Radford is publisher of Public Utilities Fortnightly.
How does a self-described computer nerd find himself on the forefront of the battle against climate change? First, start with years of utility experience at Southern Co., including stints as chief technology officer and director of technology strategy and engineering. Second, add in considerable expertise in global information technology strategy, organization, architecture, and business-driven IT solutions. Finally, introduce an interest in meter data management (MDM) and associated utility software applications. What you get is one of the country’s leading gurus on smart-meter technology—a business sector with huge potential for addressing today’s environmental problems.
Could the utility meter of the future include a soup-to-nuts readout on your personal carbon emissions? Stay tuned.
Fortnightly: You’re a baby boomer, right? Doesn’t that make you an unlikely sort of person to be an expert in utility-software applications?
Waters: Then I must be an anomaly, because I eat and breathe the stuff.
PUF: That makes you a computer nerd?
Waters: Pretty darn close. I don’t quite put myself in the pocket-protector category, since I’m mainly in the strategy area now. I’m long past my days of doing coding.