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20 Great Ideas To Steal In 2013

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When it comes to power outages, Texas electricity company Oncor needed to stay ahead of the customer by improving its ability to identify and repair problems fast. So in 2012 Oncor merged its Advanced Meter System (AMS) and Outage Management System (OMS) and integrated a melting pot of equipment and software, including a radio frequency network and meter data management system software from Landis+Gyr and Siemens. In March 2012 the company deployed the integrated AMS-OMS in two districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and by May all advanced meters were fully integrated with the systems. The company says that 20% of outages are now resolved without a customer call. Since March 2012, Oncor has resolved 3,400 outages without customer interaction.

An essential feature in Oncor's system is that the meters are set to trigger anytime the voltage dips to 80% or less, allowing Oncor to take proactive steps to make repairs before a serious service disruption.

Oncor used IBM to integrate the AMS and OMS projects. The revamped system covers 3.2 million meters and 11,000 communication devices. Oncor plans to keep honing the AMS-OMS system and add data analytics this year.

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Shane M. O'Neill
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9/13/2013 | 7:09:27 PM
re: 20 Great Ideas To Steal In 2013
Impressed overall with how these companies didn't let corporate killers like inertia and bureaucracy prevent them turning ideas into action. I'm partial to the companies that went mobile in a big way by developing mobile apps (Dallas Cowboys, Salvation Army, Mitsubishi) or replacing paper products and old hardware with smartphones and tablets (Procter & Gamble, Dish).
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9/11/2013 | 4:04:22 PM
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I'll certainly post my comment, but I'm not about to click through 22 dang slides to dig through this.

Click bait fail. You lose.
David F. Carr
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9/10/2013 | 6:51:20 PM
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Congrats to Ketchum on their IdeaShop idea - sounds like a cool use of collaborative brainstorming.
Alex Kane Rudansky
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9/10/2013 | 4:41:08 PM
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BIDMC has consistently been a leader in health IT, and OpenNotes is no exception. OpenNotes keeps patients engaged in their healthcare and educated about their health, possibly resulting in better outcomes. CIO John Halamka is a true innovator there.
OtherJimDonahue
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9/10/2013 | 1:28:26 PM
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Re: Arizona State:

"The creation of eAdvisor had a direct impact on the freshman retention
rate. Retention rates from 2008-2012 increased by 1.7% year over year.
However, retention rates in the year after eAdvisor's launch increased
by 6.8%."

That is seriously impressive. I'd be interested in knowing what other factors may be involved, but any university that improves retention that much that quickly deserves praise.
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9/9/2013 | 5:41:58 PM
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UPS will probably write the book on telematics analysis. But this company also gets the people part of the customer relationship right. I know a very senior IT person who was won over by UPS on a business level because she was impressed by them as a consumer: Her neighborhood driver leaves a dog biscuit on top of all packages left at her door. Talk about thinking like a customer. I am betting there is not a biscuit metric but I bet the biscuits go a long way.
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