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News 2016

December 5, 2016 – SparkCognition chooses CMG’s Go-To-Market Planning Framework and Services. SparkCognition provides clients with patented AI-powered products to enhance cyber security, and state-of-the-art machine learning technology to identify and prevent equipment failures before they happen. For More Information Click Here.


November 8, 2016 – CMG’s Andres Carvallo to moderate panel at SGIP’s Annual Conference in Washington DC. The panel titled “Managing Change with Distributed Resources” includes Chris Hickman – CEO of Innovari, Cheryl Mele – SVP & COO of ERCOT, Damir Novosel – IEEE PES President and President of Quanta Technology, and Gary Rackliffe, VP Smart Grids, North America, ABB. For More Information Click Here.


November 7, 2016 – CMG publishes white paper titled “Presidential Victory Must Deliver Smart Grid and New Power Utility Business Models”. This paper was written for power and energy executives, for regulators, and for federal energy administrators faced with rationalizing the rapid and numerous changes currently pressuring the traditional structure of the power utility industry. CMG experts try to analyze what both presidential candidates can offer and what challenges they face. For More Information Click Here.


November 4, 2016 – CMG announces that five new world-class experts have joined its team. Those members are Karen Robinson, previously CIO at State of Texas, Director of Administration at Office the Governor of Texas, Director of Information Technology at Office of the Governor of Texas, Support Tech at the Texas Legislative Council; Atul Mahajan, previously CEO of Oshawa Power and Utilities, CEO of HDM Interactive Inc. Also a board director at Toronto East General Hospital; Jeremy Schutte, previously SVP at Logica North America, VP and Global Energy Leader at EDS, Director of Solutions Engineering at Bearingpoint, Chief Strategist at Eggrock Partners, and Analyst at New England Electric System; Dave Walker, previously VP of Sales for Qv21 Technologies, VP of Sales for United Technologies’ FreightWatch International, Vice President of Americas Sales Operations at Jeppessen (Carmen) System, VP of Global Sales at CALEB Technologies, and held several Sales Manager roles at Synopsis of Mountain View, CA. Mr. Walker began his sales career with Gerber Scientific Instruments managing sales to 14 DoE and DoD accounts; and Ajay Madwesh, previously VP and General Manager, Utilities & Solutions at SpaceTime Insights, Senior Manager of Advanced Smart Grid Applications at GE, Executive of Engagement Management at Infosys, Manager of Substation Automation Systems at ABB, and Senior Engineer at ABB. For More Information Click Here.


October 25, 2016 – CMG’s Andres Carvallo to speak at Deloitte’s 2016 Alternative Energy Summit. Mr. Carvallo will present in the panel titled “The smart power ecosystem: The evolving role of microgrids”. This panel will explore alternative views of the evolution of the smart power market and the extent and pace of development of a hybrid microgrid ‘network’ as well as the overall developmental path and likely future structure of the network and associated services market, the competitive potential of community power/microgrids, their possible evolution into full facilities management ecosystems and the extent they will shift the market. For More Information Click Here.


October 14, 2016 – CMG’s Andres Carvallo presents investment ideas at Texas-China Summit. The Texas China Investment Summit is a three-day event that aims to promote and facilitate business investment from China to the State of Texas. There will be business delegates from China, the state of Texas, as well as various government authorities, institutions of Chinese administration, entrepreneurs, financiers, and other community and business leaders from China and Texas. For More Information Click Here.


October 4, 2016 – CMG’s Andres Carvallo writes about how Microgrids Will Drive Smart Cities and IoT Adoption. Microgrids are small, local energy grids that can be disconnected from the larger utility grid and operate independently. And that it is this capability that makes microgrids one of the largest applications increasing the adoption of IoT for smart cities. Highly instrumented microgrids can strengthen grid resilience and help minimize outages in the larger utility grid. For The Full Article Click Here.


September 16, 2016 – CMG’s Andres Carvallo to speak at Enterprise IoT 5G Summit. Produced by Arden Media Company and RCR Wireless News, in conjunction with industry experts, Enterprise IoT 5G Summit 2017, held in Austin January 30 – February 1, 2017, is a practical digital transformation conference for IoT product managers, designers, software developers, managers, and strategists as well as IT and Operations professionals tasked with digitally transforming their enterprise leveraging IoT and 5G technologies. For More Information Click Here.


September 12, 2016 – CMG’s Andres Carvallo to speak at Smart Cities Week about Distributed Generation and Microgrids. The Smart Cities Week 2nd Annual Conference will be held at the Washington DC Convention Center from Sep 27 – 29, 2016 and have over 1,000 attendees and 150 speakers.


September 6, 2016 – CMG’s Andres Carvallo to moderate Cybersecurity panel at Smart Water Summit at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens. The Smart Water Summit, attended by more than 100 water utility executives, will be held September 7th – 9th, 2016. The Cybersecurity panel will cover the latest in trends, technologies, and challenges facing water utilities nationwide. For More Information Click Here.


August 29, 2016 – CMG’s Andres Carvallo interviewed by Ted Bergman, Chairman, Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Kansas (a.k.a KU). Mr. Carvallo graduated from KU with a B.S. In Mechanical Engineering with concentrations in robotics and control systems. The article published in Mechanical Engineering Vibrations’ Spring 2016 issue, profiles Mr. Carvallo’s career journey and philosophies.


August 25, 2016 – CMG’s Andres Carvallo writes about how Solar Data Interoperability is enabled by the Orange Button standard. Interoperability is the key to the pervasive uses of smart infrastructure by everyone. In order to accelerate the use of solar technology and reduce costs, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) decided earlier this year to fund the creation of a new data standard called Orange Button. For The Full Article Click Here.


August 15, 2016 – CMG’s Andres Carvallo to keynote Solar Business Festival 2016. Solar Business Festival is a highly interactive b2b conference, exhibition, and concert dedicated to creating an influential solar trading platform in Texas. It will take place Dec 1 – 2 in Austin, Texas. It is a fantastic two-day annual event which provides an excellent industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers, and partners in the Texas solar industry. For More Information Click Here.


August 9, 2016 – CMG’s Andres Carvallo writes about how “Smart Indexes Help Drive Innovation”. In the race for deployment of smart grids, smart cities, and an all-things-smart infrastructure, it is not clear who is doing what and how you go about benchmarking or choosing who is doing best. But fear no more. More and more help is on the way. For The Full Article Click Here.


June 28, 2016 – CMG’s Andres Carvallo writes about the new “Smart Grid and Buildings Standard”. A new standard developed by SGIP, NEMA, and ASHRAE marries smart grids with buildings in a proactive way. The standard is called the “Facility Smart Grid Information Model (FSGIM) standard,” or 201P, and it was published earlier in June. For The Full Article Click Here.


June 22, 2016 – CMG releases new Smart Cyber Security & Compliance (SCSC) Framework for 2016. The SCSC Framework delivers a proven step-by-step methodology to understand, identify, and mitigate cyber security risks by leveraging best practices and industry specific guidance to achieve optimal protection and regulatory compliance, where Enterprise resources for core activities that generate productivity and profitability. For More Information Click Here.


June 20, 2016 – CMG’s Andres Carvallo to EMCEE conference and moderate two panels at the 6th Annual Muni Smart Grid Summit (MSGS) June 26 – 28 at PGA National in Palm Gardens, Florida. MSGS is the premier independent public power utility event of the year. Mr. Carvallo will moderate two panels covering the topics of “Industry Challenges & Resources” and “Cyber Security for Utilities”. For More Information Click Here.


June 7, 2016 – Paul Struhsaker joins CMG. Mr. Struhsaker is a Senior consultant at CMG and also serves as Managing Director of Arassar Partners. Mr. Struhsaker has over 30 years of experience as an executive managing innovation and engineering across multiple industries including wireless networking, consumer electronics, silicon platforms, and large scale cloud client computing. Prior to CMG, Mr. Struhsaker was CTO of Dell’s Client Solutions Group, where he was responsible for technology strategy, innovation pipeline, technology incubation, and thought leadership; SVP Software Engineering at Comcast NBC Universal; VP of Engineering at Cable Vision Systems; VP Silicon Platform at Motorola PCS and CTO Broadband at Texas Instruments. Mr. Struhsaker was a founder and CTO of two successful startups: Wi-Fi innovation leader Aironet Wireless (acquired by Cisco) and 4G wireless innovator Raze Technologies. For More Information Click Here.


May 24, 2016 – CMG’s Andres Carvallo writes about “Utility and Vendor Business Models and Focus Are Changing” in his May post within the Intel Blog. As the energy landscape changes, utilities and vendors are making significant moves to capitalize on new market trends. For The Full Article Click Here.


April 19, 2016 – CMG’s Andres Carvallo writes on the “Insights from ETS16” in his April post within the Intel Blog. The recent Energy Thought Summit (ETS16) in Austin was an outstanding event; drawing some 675 attendees this year and fostering conversation around energy, smart grid and the technologies needed to spark innovation. For The Full Article Click Here.


March 28, 2016 – CMG’s Andres Carvallo begins blogging for Intel on their website. Intel and CMG strike collaboration on thought leadership. “It is a collaboration which time has come as Intel continues to deliver the building blocks of Industrial IoT”, said Andres Carvallo. The inaugural post is about the Energy Thought Summit for 2016 or ETS16 and its platform for Transforming the Energy Chaos that we are in the middle of. For The Full Article Click Here.


March 21, 2016 – CMG’s Andres Carvallo to moderate “Trends in Grid Strategy, Planning and Operations for a New Energy Era” panel. The panel will help explore the evolution of grid design strategies, technologies, and use cases pushing the centralized and traditional design vs a new abundant distributed energy reality with emphasis on renewable resources and demand efficiencies. Panel speakers include Cheryl Mele – Sr. Vice President and COO at ERCOT, Wanda Reder – Chief Strategy Officer at S&C Electric Company, and Pat Wilkinson – VP & Head of NA Energy Automation Businesses at Siemens. For More Information Click Here.


March 10, 2016 – CMG’s Andres Carvallo to moderate “Resilience & Distributed Energy Resource : System Enhancement” panel. The panel will help answer key questions. How resilience requires looking at power resources system-wide—in campuses, buildings and microgrids? How does the power balance landscape changes with real-time dynamic energy management including energy storage, distributed generation, electric vehicles and smart devices? How do we protect and create a more secure grid with increasing renewables and energy storage? And how new solutions can address an array of interoperability, policy, business models and technology hurdles? Panel speakers include Allan Schurr – President of Edison Energy, Anthony Locker – VP of Global Product Development & Strategy at G&W Electric, and Lincoln Bleveans – Power Resources Manager at Burbank Water & Power. For More Information Click Here.


March 7, 2016 – CMG releases updated Business Optimization and Transformation Framework for 2016. Enterprises require new methodologies for running operations and transforming their companies to achieve higher rates of return, productivity, and profitability. The Business Optimization and Transformation Framework delivers a proven step-by-step methodology to optimize and/or transform existing utility and enterprise business processes to achieve superior customer satisfaction, operational productivity, and profitability. For More Information Click Here.


February 25, 2016 – CMG’s Andres Carvallo to moderate panel at ETS16 with Dr. Bob Metcalfe and Dr. Massoud Amin. The panel will cover how Energy and Networking enable a new future. Attendees will see and hear Metcalfe and Amin unfiltered on Energy, Networking, the Internet, IoT, Security, Innovation, Education, Sustainability, and much more. Dr. Metcalfe is the Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Amin is Director and Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Minnesota. For More Information Click Here.


February 18, 2016 – Morrie Sandler, Vijay George and Carter Eltzroth join CMG team. Amazing new members bring Telecom, Energy, Public Sector and International expertise to team. By joining CMG, they are taking this successful world-class advisory and consulting firm focus on Smart City, Energy, Telecom and Software technologies and markets to a higher level. “Morrie, Vijay, and Carter bring great expertise and wisdom to the team. We look forward to working with them”, said Andres Carvallo, CMG’s CEO and founder. For More Information Click Here.


Feb 16, 2016 – CMG’s Andres Carvallo named by RCR Wireless News “Industrial IoT 5G Innovator” and one of the “Top 50 Industrial IoT 5G Industrialists and Innovators”. RCR Wireless News recognizes inaugural list of leaders fueling the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Industrial IoT (IIoT) 5G Industrialists were selected based on their vision and leadership in developing and implementing Industrial IoT 5G strategies to optimize their respective enterprises while growing the global digital economy. Industrial IoT 5G Innovators selections were based on individual contributions, research and leadership associated with specific use cases involving industrial IoT and/or 5G technology. For More Information Click Here.


Feb 1, 2016 – CMG’s Andres Carvallo to speak at ETS16. Andres will be joining an amazing list of speakers that include Vint Cerf (Google), George P. Bush (Texas General Land Office), Anne Pramaggiore (ComEd), Badar Kahn (Direct Energy), Gil Quiniones (NYPA), Ken Cornew (Exelon), Tom Wagner (NASA) and many more. ETS16 will take place March 29 – 31 in Austin, Texas at the historic Paramount Theatre to experience a fascinating cross-section of established leaders and unsung heroes rewriting the next generation of energy. For More Information Click Here.


Jan 25, 2016 – CMG’s Andres Carvallo and Mani Vadari to attend/speak at Distributech Feb 9 – 11 in Orlando, FL. Mark your calendars and make plans to attend the utility industry’s leading annual T&D conference and exhibition covering automation and control systems, energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy integration, advanced metering, T&D system operation and reliability, power delivery equipment, communication technology, water utility technology and much more. For More Information Click Here.


Jan 16, 2016 – CMG publishes event schedule for 2016. CMG works very closely with many of the event organizers in determining the right content, speakers, and sponsors for each event. CMG clients and partners enjoy VIP status at many of the events. For More Information Click Here.