Key issues in cyber security for utilities

Posted on April 2, 2019

Utility companies across the world are in the midst of their digital transformation process. Predictive and condition-based maintenance, an increase in efficiency and line/pipe loss reductions are often based on IIoT solutions and IT/OT integrations, while other improvements rely on artificial intelligence, big data analytics and customer ...

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Shaping smart city initiatives – who are the protagonists that need to collaborate to succeed?

Posted on November 7, 2018

If you take a look at the areas brought together by the smart city concept, you inevitably realize that smart cities is a highly interdisciplinary subject. Consequently, in order to get the best possible outcome, it is crucial to create a smart city ecosystem that involves all affected parties. But who are the major parties that want to ...

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Hosting innovation and co-creation: IBM’s Watson IoT Center in Munich

Posted on September 18, 2018

PAC recently had the chance to visit IBM's Watson IoT Center in Munich. Discussions quickly revolved around topics like connected objects, artificial intelligence (AI), and smart cities, and took a cross-vertical perspective.

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Why is Munich Re paying $300m for IoT startup Relayr?

Posted on September 7, 2018

Relayr started out as an IoT middleware platform developer back in 2013. Fast forward five years: Relayr expanded its portfolio into IoT analytics and a range of supporting services around its products. Now it is being acquired by the €50bn insurance giant Munich Re for an eye-catching price tag of $300m.

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Disruption in the German Energy Sector: E.ON and RWE take a major repositioning step

Posted on March 14, 2018

The announcement came as a surprise this Monday: Previously key competitors, E.ON and RWE have agreed that E.ON will acquire RWE's renewables subsidiary Innogy, and the two utilities will exchange large parts of their assets to focus their activities. The €20bn deal will see E.ON concentrate on distribution grid and end-customer focused ...

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Tendances 2018 : plus d'intelligence et d'automatisation

Posted on December 5, 2017

Le numérique reste un sujet prédominant dans le programme des DSI pour l'année à venir. Ce concept a déjà fait couler beaucoup d'encre et suscité de nombreuses discussions. Bon nombre d'entreprises ont déjà lancé des projets et augmenté leur budget numérisation de manière significative. Pourtant, il est clair qu'il reste encore beaucoup à ...

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Key digital transformation requirements and their implications for software providers

Posted on February 5, 2016

Software providers with a focus on digital transformation support are currently confronted with highly dynamic market conditions and have to find appropriate ways to address them. They need to transform themselves in order to support their digitally transforming customers.

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IT challenges in the year ahead

Posted on December 21, 2015

In 2016 we will see IT departments start taking digital transformation seriously. But we expect to see less about disruptive technologies and more on the implementation and convergence of a number of trends from recent years.

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Herausforderungen für die IT in 2016

Posted on December 16, 2015

Das Jahr 2016 steht für die IT-Abteilung ganz im Zeichen der Digitalisierung. Dabei geht es weniger um disruptive Technologien oder völlig neue Themen, sondern um die pragmatische Umsetzung – und das Zusammenwachsen – der Trends der vergangenen Jahre.

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Cyber-Attacken: Die Gefahr für Energienetze ist nicht akut, aber sie steigt

Posted on November 19, 2015

Die Energiewende benötigt den Einsatz digitaler Techniken. Damit steigt das Risiko für Cyber-Attacken auf die Energienetze. Die Bedrohungslage ist noch nicht besorgniserregend, aber sie spitzt sich zu.

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PAC ranks 2nd in Top 10 EMEA Analyst Firm Awards 2016

Posted on October 28, 2015

PAC ranks 2nd in Influencer Relations’ 2016 EMEA Analyst Firm Awards. PAC’s users, mostly providers of high technology solutions and services, rated our research and advisory services very highly. We would like to thank all our customers and supporters for their trust!


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Consultant daily rates for cloud and big data well above market average

Posted on July 14, 2015

The highest daily rates can currently be achieved with ‘hot topics’ such as cloud, mobility, digital transformation and big data & co. They are well above the average daily rates in Germany, France and the UK. Such were the findings of the recently published PAC IT Services Rates Database for these three countries.

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Berater-Tagessätze für Cloud und Big Data deutlich über Marktdurchschnitt

Posted on July 6, 2015

Mit aktuellen Hot Topics wie Cloud, Mobility, Digitalisierung, Big Data & Co. lassen sich derzeit die höchsten Berater-Tagessätze erzielen. Sie liegen deutlich über dem Durchschnitt der Tagesätze in Deutschland, Frankreich und Großbritannien. Das belegen die kürzlich von PAC veröffentlichten IT-Services-Preisdatenbanken für die drei Länder.

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The ambitious ‘Digital India’ programme takes flight

Posted on July 3, 2015

After its initial announcement in 2014, the Prime Minister of India has finally launched the massive and ambitious ‘Digital India’ programme. It comprises of various initiatives, each targeted to make India a knowledge economy and transform the way that the citizens interact with government services.

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Sicherheitsluecke im Connected Car: Security-Design gehoert in den Software-Entwicklungsprozess

Posted on February 3, 2015

Mit der Verbreitung des Internet of Things (IoT) sind neue Software-Entwicklungsprozesse erforderlich, die Security-Belange und Testverfahren schon in den Entstehungsprozess von vernetzen Produkten integrieren. 

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Smart meters – a panacea for electricity theft?

Posted on January 8, 2015

While utilities providers do not discuss electricity theft publicly, they increasingly consider it to be a major problem. ‘Unofficial sources’ state that EDF, for example, suffered what the company calls “non technical losses”, which include theft, to the tune of €300m in 2014. The same unofficial sources state that this represented a 16% ...

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