Back when I was working as a young system integrator there used to be a well-worn phrase rolled out by people in technology or software procurement: “You’ll never get fired for hiring IBM” I am sure you know it. If not, you’re most probably a digital native and therefore never heard of the saying. Back in 1998, IBM was the biggest American tech company by revenue. IBM was so dominant in the tech sphere that hiring IBM was almost like buying a product with a cast iron, money-back guarantee. Don’t get me wrong, IBM is a great company. We do exciting projects together. IBM recently registered 1,900 cloud patents and 1,400 AI patents in a single year. But the sentiment behind the phrase fits a time that has now gone. It’s a sentiment that says: Make sure you choose something safe; Make sure you choose something that everyone else chooses; Make sure you choose something that has always worked in the past.

Living with a disrupted energy sector

Now we live in different times (and Apple is number 3 in the Fortune 500 list). Waves of disruption and innovation are the new normal for power utilities. When the times change, you need to change with them. The ‘safe’ choice is not so safe. Choosing the solution that has worked in the past, that everyone else has chosen, is a good way to go out of business. The approach for today’s utilities must be: How can we approach this in an innovative way? How could we do this better? Staying with the safe option indicates a lack of awareness of the challenges facing the utility sector. Doing what has always been done is the way to fall behind. “You’ll never get fired for breaking new ground” […]