Renewable and distributed energy resources continue to grow at a steady pace. As a result, utilities and power asset owners and operators are grappling with the ability to manage all the new clean technologies coming online in addition to re-evaluating traditional asset management practices. Renewable and distributed energy resources such as wind and solar are intermittent power resources which can create erratic shifts in electric supply and demand.

My colleagues and I spend a great deal of time thinking about the Edge, and how it will influence developments in the IT industry over then next few years. Several of my colleagues just published a great IDC Market Perspective, making it clear that we believe the edge represents a new frontier in the convergence of infrastructure such as computing and data to deliver much faster time to value.