20 Most Promising Utilities Technology Consulting Companies - 2013

Traditionally, utilities have had little experience with competition or strategies for winning new customers. Consolidation and globalization have changed that, as the industry transforms into a more dynamic market-driven environment with fewer, larger companies.

Deregulation has opened up new opportunities and new threats, forcing utilities to expand their focus from simply providing energy, to rethink their strategies and align them more closely with customer needs. Utility providers are therefore renewing activity directed at improvements in operations, use of information technology and automation of business processes. Additionally, more cross-functional business processes and customer service-focused solutions are being introduced to improve operational efficiency and maintain and expand the customer base.

As customers and business partners increasingly demand greater empowerment, utilities companies seek to improve interactions and relationships in their entire business ecosystems by enhancing software capabilities for collaboration, gaining deeper customer and market insight and improving process management.

In the last few months, we have looked at hundreds of solution providers and consulting companies and shortlisted the ones that are at the forefront of tackling the challenges of the utilities industry.

In our selection we looked at the vendor's capability to fulfill the needs of utility companies through the supply of a variety of services that support core business processes of utilities, including innovation areas related to smart grid, smart energy services, smart generation, and smart customer management.

We also looked at the service providers' capabilities related to the deployment of cloud, Big Data and analytics, mobility, and social media in the specific context of the utilities business.

We also evaluated the vendors support for utilities bridging the gap between IT and Operations Technology. We present to you CIOReview's 20 Most Promising Utilities Technology Solution and Consulting Providers 2013.

Company Name

Company Description

Centric Consulting Provides full-service management consulting services.
CN Utility Consulting Offers Utility Vegetation Management (UVM) industry management practices, legal and regulatory requirements.
Energy Enablement Provides energy management services and technologies to commercial and government customers ranging from mid-size organizations to Fortune 100 companies.
Energy Professionals Provides trusted advice to business decision makers, offering free energy analysis, shopping multiple energy suppliers.
Integral Analytics Integral Analytics offers consulting services for every aspect of the energy industry
Jacobs Consultancy Jacobs Consultancy provides specialized management, technical and consulting solutions for petroleum, chemical and energy industries
Lucidity Consulting Group Lucidity offers a unique blend of consulting service horsepower and methodology combined with real world industry experience.
Nexant Provides intelligent grid software and clean energy solutions—pioneering, developing, and advancing electric power grid and alternative energy technologies and services.
Power System Engineering Power System Engineering provides complete service consultancy for electric utilities.
Power Systems Consultants Provides highly specialized expert consulting services focusing the needs of electric industry companies.
Red Clay Red Clay provides the key resources to help one upgrade their implementation to the newest supported version.
SmartGridCIS The pioneer in prepaid energy billing and customer communications solutions.
Solix Provider of eligibility determination, customer care, and program administration services.
Starboard Consulting A technology consultancy and system integrator.
Structure Consulting Group Offers energy market consulting services.
Sure Power Consulting Focusing on energy, utility, oil and gas modernization.
Utility Consulting Group Provides strategic and operational solutions for companies in the utility industry.
Utility Planning Network Helps utilities to objectively find and successfully implement the right technology solutions at the best price.
ValuTech Solutions Provides strategic and operational solutions for companies in the utility industry.