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Innovation at Every Level

The way we currently manage energy is unsustainable. Three megatrends are provoking an important increase in energy demand: Urbanization, industrialization, and digitization. Today we still depend on unsustainable CO2-emitting fuels… Read more »

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IoT, Edge Computing, Big Data – Creating the Next Wave in Data Center Innovation

With Schneider Electric hosting its Innovation Summit at the Paris Marathon this week, I thought it would be a great time to share some of my thoughts on innovation at… Read more »

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Workplace Diversity Isn’t Just a Buzz Word, It’s Just Good Business

I have experienced firsthand the value of a highly diverse team as I’ve been fortunate enough to lead one. Mine stretches across three continents and brings together a mix of… Read more »

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Powering the Post COP21 World

At COP21 in Paris last year, 196 countries agreed to take action to limit the world’s average rise in temperature to “well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels” while… Read more »

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Embracing IIoT One Step at a Time

What stands in the way of progress is not technology – it’s us. It’s our desire to stay inside our comfort zone where we happily repeat familiar behaviors. If you… Read more »

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Energy Storage: A Better Solution for Reducing Demand Response Charges

As mentioned in a previous blog post, there’s been a lot of talk of late about energy storage technology and the role it promises to play in our energy future…. Read more »

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Can We Get the Best Out of IIoT by Doing What We’re Doing?

The New Year is a time of reflection for most of us. But it was as I tucked into my Christmas turkey that I got to thinking about my US… Read more »

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Cyber Security: The Cornerstone of IIoT Adoption

Over the past decade or more the need for cyber security in industrial automation and control systems has been accelerating at an ever increasing rate. Adoption of the benefits of… Read more »

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COP-21: South America Needs to Seriously Commit!

COP-21, to takes place in Paris until December 11th 2015, has the main objective to achieve, for the first time, a universal and binding agreement to effectively fight against climate change and boost… Read more »

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Paris COP-21: The Time to Commit and Act has Come!

The COP-20, and its “Lima Call for Climate Action” joint declaration, left mixed feelings on me. On one hand, it kept the goal of limiting global warming to less than… Read more »

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Pushing Past “The Wall” Toward Carbon Neutrality

On Sunday, April 9, close to 57,000 runners will participate in the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris. Among them, 4,650 “green runners” will be representing Schneider Electric as employees, customers,… Read more »

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How IIoT is Pioneering the Future of Intuitive Industries

Intuitive industries are here. Increased digitization calls on adapted control. Digitization leads to connectivity, which enables two-way energy and information flow. This enables the emergence of an even more efficient… Read more »

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The Green Grid Offers Up Metric to Promote Responsible Disposal of IT Equipment

Governments around the world are taking interest in data centers or, more specifically, what happens to data center equipment when it’s time to put it out to pasture. I use… Read more »

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Switch SUPERNAP Awarded First-Ever Uptime Institute Tier IV Multi-Tenant Facility Certification

On Tuesday, SUPERNAP 8, a data center from provider Switch, became the first multi-tenant data center to earn Tier IV Constructed Facility certification, the highest rating possible under The Uptime… Read more »

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Pushing the Data Center Boundary Blog: Where is the data in data center?

Anyone ever notice that an awful lot of data centers may have plenty of management systems but the poor data center manager never seems to have the data he needs?… Read more »

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Embracing IIoT One Step at a Time

What stands in the way of progress is not technology – it’s us. It’s our desire to stay inside our comfort zone where we happily repeat familiar behaviors. If you… Read more »

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The Future of Industrial Automation

The automation of control processes has been around for a long time and has evolved from the early days of manual controls through switches and relays to today’s sophisticated control… Read more »

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A Glimpse at the Future of Sustainable Data Centers

One perk of working in IT is the occasional opportunity to peek into the crystal ball and see what the future holds. Recent news around the building of the world’s… Read more »

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How I Became CMO of a Multinational Energy Company

The world is getting smaller, and its resources are growing scarcer by the day. The advent of the commercial Web browser in 1994 changed everything, connecting continents, countries and cultures… Read more »

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When You Think About Modular Prefabricated Data Centers, Think Beyond ISO Containers

We’ve been designing and selling modular data centers at Schneider Electric for years. But lately, when I talk to customers about modular data centers, too often they naturally migrate to… Read more »

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Inconvenient truths or misaligned objectives? Can we afford for smart cities to fail?

For all my positivity about smart cities and benefits they can bring (for example, Urban Efficiency), I think it’s just as important to talk about some of the criticisms they… Read more »

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Innovation at Every Level

The way we currently manage energy is unsustainable. Three megatrends are provoking an important increase in energy demand: Urbanization, industrialization, and digitization. Today we still depend on unsustainable CO2-emitting fuels… Read more »

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Peru and its membership to the “2020 – Seven growth markets” club

A recent study published by the consulting firm A.T. Kearney, point out that the next wave of growth will come from what they call the “2020 – Seven growth markets”,… Read more »

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Building Gender Equality ― a Sensible Choice for any Company

Schneider Electric employs more than 170,000 people and it’s my job as CEO to help ensure it’s a great place to work – for everyone. One of the ways to… Read more »

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Why Buildings are Monumentally Important

Urbanisation is one of the main trends shaping our world today. As cities grow and new buildings appear across the globe, we must look closely at the places where we… Read more »

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AI: The Answer to the IoT Data Apocalypse

“The Internet of Things”? Not too long ago, we all said at some point, “The Internet of What?!” Siri Who? Self-driving cars?!! Those days are long gone … The Internet… Read more »

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How to Get Your Factory Floor Innovation Idea Approved (and Funded) by Your CEO

Plant managers often struggle to convince CEOs across the industry to fund innovation projects. Most struggle to connect their proposal to business value. Other C-Level executives I talk to also… Read more »

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Building the Case for Prefabricated Data Centers with InformationWeek’s State of the Enterprise Data Center Survey

InformationWeek recently released the results of its annual State of the Enterprise Data Center survey, which points to some interesting trends that present a solid case for prefabricated data center… Read more »

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Stay in Front of the Regulators – Get a Handle on E-Waste

In a recent post I wrote about the electronics disposal efficiency metric (EDE) that The Green Grid has come up with to help users and manufacturers of electronic equipment measure how… Read more »

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Bitcoin Miners Demonstrate the Need for a Proper UPS in Home Offices

Bloomberg Businessweek had an interesting story last month about the digital currency Bitcoin. It’s a fascinating look at the world of “alternative” currencies, which have no ties to any government… Read more »

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