CIOs navigate everyday challenges related to grid modernization, cybersecurity and data integrity. In addition to the natural leadership pressures of any executive position, CIOs also lead the charge for building visionary plans to embrace emerging technology, oversee policy development and direct the implementation of systems and processes for the control and exchange of information. As such, CIOs increasingly seek novel approaches to enhance efficiency, responsiveness, innovation and adaptability. This forum provides a unique opportunity for utility CIOs to come together in an exclusive peer environment to address these challenges.
Participation in the Chief Information Officer executive forum is restricted to senior leaders responsible for management of their utility's technology and information systems. In most instances, the appropriate attendee serves as the Chief Information Officer or holds an equal position within their utility. The small size of this program provides a unique environment for collaborative thinking, open discourse and building long-term relationships.
Member: $199 USD
Registration includes digital access to all agenda items and program materials.
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Virtual Registration + Help Desk
The meeting room will open early for participants to log in and get familiar with the various features of the virtual platform. The welcome will start promptly at 8:00 AM.
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Welcome + Introductions
Facilitator(s): Margaret Hopkins, Senior VP Shared Services and Chief Information Officer, Puget Sound Energy
Get to know your peers through our roundtable introductions. Come prepared to share a top-of-mind item that you and your team are facing right now.
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Speaker(s): Timothy Foley, Manager, Information Technology Enterprise Data, Puget Sound Energy, Claire Locke, Manager, Customer Insights, Puget Sound Energy
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
How to Find Techquilibrium When Addressing Utility Trends
Speaker(s): Zarko Sumic, Vice President and Distinguished Analyst, Gartner
The pandemic has defined much of 2020, but the global utility sector continues to face a variety of other challenges. The clash of two opposing forces – increased global demand for energy and water and consequent environmental implications – are creating global disruption across every industry and in particular, utilities. The pressure to maintain physical integrity and modernize aging infrastructure under changing climate conditions and consumption/production patterns persists, while technology driven disruption at the grid edge continues to challenge existing business models. Gartner will explore forces behind the energy transition and offer utility leaders an overview of global business and technology trends to help benchmark and align your organization’s future focus.
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Open Roundtable Discussion
Facilitator(s): Brian Fellon, Director, IT Application Services, Puget Sound Energy
This time is designated for open roundtable discussion. Topics will be guided based on pre-polling and refined by the current issues shared during introductions.
12:30 PM - 12:45 PM
Wrap Up + Future Planning
Share your thoughts on the forum and help to generate topics for future agendas.
Zarko Sumic, Ph.D., is a Vice President and Distinguished Analyst in Gartner, where he provides innovative strategic and operational advice to Gartner utility clients using his extensive IT leadership and business experience. With more than 40 years of IT experience in academia, the energy utility industry and technology providers, Dr. Sumic is an established leader in applying IT and OT in the utility sector. His coverage areas include new energy provisioning business models and digital transformation of the utility sector, the impact of IoT on technology convergence in the utility sector, and consequent implications on utility IT organizations and application portfolios. Dr. Sumic leads Gartner Smart Grid research, covering technologies and business processes with implications on utility infrastructure modernization, customer engagements and back-end processes, such as meter-to-cash.
Tim Foley has been at Puget Sound Energy since 2014. He joined PSE after a long career as a systems integrator for a large consulting firm. In his first role at PSE Tim was an Information Technology Manager responsible for the Enterprise SAP systems. In early 2019, Tim transitioned to the responsibility of Enterprise Data responsible for data analytics, data governance, data bases, and other systems supporting IT functions.
Tim has a BA in Marketing from Michigan State University and is currently pursuing his MBA at the University of Washington. He is married and a proud father of two boys.