At The Soft Grid conference in San Francisco, there was a lot of talk about phrases that software analytics and smart grid industry insiders hate. For starters, plenty of people are tired of the phrase “smart grid.” For others, it’s “big data,” which is a slightly nebulous term that covers the very subject being covered at the conference. For at least one panelist, it’s “data scientist.” (“A data scientist is just an analyst who lives in California,” said Cesar Rojas, senior solutions marketing manager for Teradata Aster Center of Innovation.)
But back to data for a minute. Just how big is the data coming off of the smart grid? Well, it’s not very big compared to other industries right now, like retail, finance and telecom, but it will be, according to Linda Jackman, group vice president of product strategy and management for Oracle’s utility sector.
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