20 Most Promising Utilities Technology Solution Providers - 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

Ameresco Ameresco, Inc. provides comprehensive energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy information solutions for enterprise facilities.
Angus GeoSolutions AGSI Provides strategic technology and information solutions
CallMiner Provider of cloud-based conversational analytics solutions for improving agent performance across contact channels.
Customized Energy Solutions Assists clients in managing the changes in the wholesale and retail electricity markets.
Elipse Software Designs and sells software for HMI/SCADA projects and interfaces for many types of applications
Enerliance Enerliance provides intelligent HVAC optimization software that helps large buildings use less energy
GeoDigital International Leader in LiDAR and imaging technology for engineering surveys
Graybar Electric Company Distributor of electrical, telecommunication and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services
Greenlet Technologies Greenlet Technologies offers energy control solutions requiring no professional installation.
InStep Software Provides real-time performance management and predictive analytics software products and solutions
KISTERS North America Focuses on water resources management, resource optimization,energy market systems, air quality management,3D CAD visualization
MAVERICK Technologies Maverick Technologies is the best source of automation, enterprise integration and sustaining services
Nexgrid Offers utilities and consumers the ability to manage and monitor a smart grid or smart home network
Numerex Numerex delivers packaged, certified wireless services and products in wide range of industries
Open Systems International OSI takes a lead in supply of open automation solutions for real-time energy management
OpenADR Alliance The OpenADR Alliance was created to standardize, automate and simplify DR to enable utilities to cost-effectively meet growing energy demand,
Opower Works with utility providers to promote energy efficiency and customer engagement worldwide
PowerPlan Provides asset-intensive companies with an integrated accounting,tax, budgeting and analytical solution
Siemens Helps utilities companies realize the full benefits of Smart Grid including reduced operational costs, improved customer service, and energy efficiency
Silver Spring Networks Silver Spring securely connects consumers and utility providers through powerful and proven energy networks that can be easily expanded as needs evolve.
VIZIMAX Vizimax offers proven, interoperable and innovative solutions that allow Power Utilities to overcome today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.