Press Articles, Guest Blogs and Research

"SGIP blazing the trail for achieving smart grid interoperability"
Oct. 29, 2012, Intel's Grid Insights blog, EnergyCentral.com - Features a column written by Rik Drummond, CEO of Drummond Group Inc.

Interoperability is, of course, one of the cornerstones of a modern electrical grid. Interoperability allows new technologies to be added to the grid infrastructure as soon as it makes business sense for utilities to do so... See entire blog on EnergyCentral.com

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"Updated Guidelines to Help Ensure Electrical Devices are Smart Grid Ready"
January 2012, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST.gov)

Taking a step closer to ensuring that new electrical devices will be ready to plug into the nation's next-generation power grid, the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Smart Grid Interoperability Panel has outlined the process by which test laboratories and certifiying organizations are to be accredited for evaluation of Smart Grid products. This update to the "Interoperability Process Reference Manual" is a major step forward. To learn more, see complete article

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"Smart Grid Today Authoritative Guide to U.S. Interoperability Standards"
November 2011, Smart Grid Today

This is an extremely comprehensive report which serves as a guide for executives who must make business decisions about the smart grid. In this exclusive industry report, Smart Grid Today makes clear and simple a process that is inherently complex, and has devoted hundreds of hours to researching the standards-setting process. Insights from industry experts, including Rik Drummond, CEO of Drummond Group Inc., who's also a Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) governing board member, are included in this report. Download report

 

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"Six Steps to Achieve Interoperable Networks, Systems, and Devices in the Smart Grid on any Standard"
April 7, 2009, ENERGY PULSE
This paper defines interoperability and explains how to achieve it within the smart grid. Read the entire article

 

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"How the GridWise Interoperability Framework Can Save Time and Money"
October 21, 2008, SMART GRID Newsletter
Can we interest you in $12.6B per year? We can't write you a personal check. But we think interoperability done right can save the Smart Grid sector at least that much money on an annual basis. Read the entire article

 

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The Role of SMEs in the Electric Utility Industry
October 16, 2008, ENERGY PULSE
All eGovernment and eBusiness value chain efforts I know of have had their efforts stifled because of non-anticipation or underestimation of the significance of the impact of the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). This article discusses how SME's affect the Electric Grid's efforts moving forward. Read the entire article

 

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Corporate CIO Staffs Are Confused About Interoperability, And They Are Not Alone!
May 8, 2008, ENERGY PULSE
The software purchasing community requires interoperable products in their networks, value and supply chains that install easily to begin intercommunicating with other like products in a straight forward manner. This frequently is not the case even with products that call themselves interoperable, and this may costs the organization hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional IT expense. Read the entire article

 

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"A Three Case Study Comparison: Creating a Marketplace for Implementation Ready Interoperable Products"
November 19, 2007, ENERGY PULSE
The article shows the different outcomes of interoperability certification programs instituted for three well known industry standards; why some became heavily used and others did not even though all three standards were well designed to address business needs. Read the entire article

 

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"Smart Grid Interoperability For ALL"
December 19, 2007, SMART GRID Newsletter
Here are two recommendations to help small utilities implement the Smart Grid. First -- testing labs must expand their testing of vendor solutions (hardware and software) to other system-required solutions (example: meter software to SCADA and OMS software) instead of confining testing to a single test system, as done currently. Read the entire article

 

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"Why Web Services are Both a Benefit and a Barrier to the Smart Grid"
August 14, 2007, SMART GRID Newsletter
What do Web Services (WS) have to do with the Smart Grid? If done correctly, they can be a key to progress. Done incorrectly -- as is sadly the case today -- they can be a blocker. Read the entire article

 

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"Why Interoperable Grid Software Will Pay for Itself"
June 20, 2007, SMART GRID Newsletter
Rik Drummond, Chair Emeritus of Gridwise, provides an ROI analysis of the cost benefits that interoperable systems would provide to the North American power grid. Read the entire article

 

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"Recognition for Outstanding Leadership in the Advancement of a Smart Grid given to Rik Drummond"
GWAC-SmallApril 2007, Grid Week 2007
In his two and a half years as chairman of the GridWise Architecture Council, Rik Drummond, CEO of Drummond Group Inc., guided and shaped the Council as one of the primary advocacy bodies for a smart grid.
Read the entire article

 

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"Why Interoperable Grid Software Will Pay for Itself"
June 20, 2007, SMART GRID Newsletter
Rik Drummond, Chair Emeritus of Gridwise, provides an ROI analysis of the cost benefits that interoperable systems would provide to the North American power grid. Read the entire article

 

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"B2B Interoperability Issues -- More Than Meets the Eye" Aug. 28, 2006, Line56.com
In this commentary, DGI focuses attention on interoperability issues revolving around certificates and security toolkits, which are at the core of secure transport technologies. Increasing the interoperability of these core technologies can deliver a positive impact on supply chains.

 

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"Secure Electronic Data Interchange Over the Internet"
May-June 2005, IEEE Internet Computing
In this IEEE Internet Computing article by Kyle Meadors, a Drummond Group Inc. (DGI) principal of test processes, you will gain an in-depth overview of extensive information regarding the Electronic Data Interchange over the Internet (EDI-INT) standards which provide a secure means of transporting EDI and XML business documents over the Internet. Download the PDF

 

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Butting heads over B2B - Network World Fusion
Dec. 22, 2003
ebXML battles Web services over which will become the e-business platform of choice," http://www.nwfusion.com/power/2003/1222b2b.html

 

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Automating Interoperability Testing
June 17, 2003
"Making life easier for e-business software vendors who want to conform to AS2 testing; suppliers and the ultimate beneficiaries,"http://www.line56.com/articles/default.asp?ArticleID=4751

 

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UCC completes conformance test for CPFR products
July 1, 2002
Rik Drummond quoted in "UCC completes conformance test for CPFR products," Frontline Solutions

 

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Firms Ready Summer Test Of CPFR - Internetweek.com
May 1, 2002
http://www.internetwk.com/story/INW20020501S0007

 

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Sponsored By UCC, Drummond Group Tests Leading CPFR® Vendors For Interoperability
May 1, 2002
http://news.cnet.com/investor/news/newsitem/0-9900-1028-9819098-0.html

 

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