In Red Hat’s Vertical Industries blog, we’re adding another important commercial segment: energy— encompassing utilities and smart grid as well as oil and gas. For companies in these industries, business is not for the faint of heart. These markets are operating in global economic turmoil, undulating price swings, increased competition, and ever-changing regulatory environments.
We’ll examine the trends dominating the energy industries. We’ll report on the pressing challenges business face in these industries face and provide insights on how they can mitigate those challenges. Our cast of Red Hat executives and bloggers will post regularly, sharing their expertise and informing you about Red Hat’s participation in upcoming events, posting related documents, and referencing research including videos, customer stories and articles of interest.
The energy blog will focus on such topics as smart grids, transmission and distribution systems, industrial control systems like supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and business management software such as enterprise resource planning (ERP). We’ll also look at legislative and regulatory influences. Case in point: the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) new cybersecurity regulations that are impacting utility companies. And we’ll explore technologies such as OpenStack, big data, predictive analytics, advanced security and high availability solutions, scale-out storage and more that can help energy, oil and gas companies adapt to rapidly changing business demands, manage risks and innovate to succeed.
We hope that you find this blog and the vertical industry content informative and useful. Most importantly, we don’t want this to be a one-sided conversation. We invite you—the readers—to comment, make observations, ask questions and share your stories.
Oh, and to kick things off—join us next week for an upcoming webinar Red Hat in the smart grid—CIP and beyond. The hour-long webinar is Wednesday, July 22, at 11:00 a.m. ET (8:00 a.m. PT).