At Oracle, Brad Harkavy is Energy and Water Global Head, Sameer Kalra is Energy and Water Director Operational Technology, Allison Salke is Energy and Water Sr. Product Marketing, and Mary Sprayregen is Utilities Sr. Director Regulatory Affairs.
This year, DistribuTECH International had a theme of "Experience the Energy Movement," with thirteen educational tracks and a massive exposition floor holding over five hundred booths. The PUF team met up with innovators making a difference with emerging technologies useful to the grid space.
PUF's Steve Mitnick: Brad, you just gave a presentation on big developments from Oracle. What were the high points?
Brad Harkavy: The presentation was about what's happening with DERs and the fact that electrification is increasing sharply. There's massive investment in clean-energy companies.
Electrification is going to have a huge impact on the grid. The fact that the federal government is injecting billions of dollars into this industry is going to make the lives of all the folks we do business with exponentially harder. As a software vendor, that's exciting.
We can help add value to our customers in times of step function changes. As we think about our product lines, there are megatrends that impact everything we're doing.
PUF: What is Oracle doing about these megatrends?
Brad Harkavy: With these megatrends, we have acquired a bunch of technologies over the years to service the energy and water ecosystem. All of those businesses are starting to converge.