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SPRING COCKTAIL: Milan Kalal presents IDC’s forecasts for 2014

5 March 2014
Don't miss!
Gabriel Avăcăriței

On March 27, energynomics.ro organizes the Spring Cocktail 2014 – the top executives’ reunion for the Romanian energy market.

Our keynote speaker will be Milan Kalal, IDC Energy Insights’ lead analyst concerning the transformation of utility markets across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Middle East and Africa (MEA).

One of the governing ideas of the year is that flexibility is the only way to survive a dynamic and ever changing environment.

Striving to adapt and reinvent

The utilities industry is in the midst of a major paradigm shift. The rules of the game are changing, and utilities are striving to adapt and reinvent themselves to make the most of the ‘new normal.’ Renewable incentives have facilitated the development of distributed generation to the point that currently 3 million Europeans generate their own electricity and community-led energy initiatives are gaining traction, disrupting utilities’ traditional generation businesses. Additionally, while switching rates are still low in most European countries, Europe’s 510 million liberalized customers are ever more demanding, forcing retailers to step up their customer care game.

Flexibility – the “new normal”

Flexibility and innovation will be utilities’ ‘new normal,’ with pervasive digitalization and the integration of IT and operational technologies the cornerstone of transformation across the entire value chain. Performance pressures will continue in 2014. Utilities will need to get the most out of smart customer operations, asset management, smart grids and technologies, leveraging 3rd Platform technology.

Leadership for inovation

In 2014, utilities will invest in analytics, mobility, cloud, social media, and cyber security. CIOs will adopt alternative sourcing models to enable business agility and reduce IT investments. Different IT skill sets will be needed. Leadership and governance of OT and IT integration will be crucial to avoid undermining innovation.

Mr. Milan Kalal will deliver an alert speech of up to 15 minutes answering some of the questions on how will 2014 look like for the regional energy industry.

There will be 5 to 10 forecasts covering as much possible of the energy sub-sectors, from different perspectives such as: financials, key projects, legislation & reglementation, EU strategies & objectives.

Milan Kalal will advocate its predictions with numbers, photos, good judgement or pure eloquence so that a broad image of the energy sector in the region will be pictured in a manner both entertaining and easy to grasp.

The March 27 event is the best good opportunity for the experts in the energy industry to calibrate their expectations and perspectives to obtain and to share information.

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We will have an audience of around 100 top managers and non-Romanian decison-makers in the companies active in Romanian energy sector (O&G, electricity, renewables, utilities, mining).

An additional contribution to the success of the evening will come from the fresh cocktails to be tested during the event. On March 27th, from 7 PM, for three hours, Cesianu – Racoviţă Palace will provide us an eclectic and sophisticated ambience, given the stucco and wall paintings in oil and numerous works of art housed here.

Short biography of the speaker

Milan Kalal is IDC Energy Insights’ lead analyst concerning the transformation of utility markets across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Middle East and Africa (MEA).

In this role, Mr. Kalal is responsible for developing, driving, and implementing a utilities-dedicated research practice across CEE and MEA. He conducts primary and secondary research among both utility end-users and IT vendors to provide strategic quantitative and qualitative insights combined with consulting services that address industry-specific IT drivers, decision-making strategies, procurement patterns, and trends affecting utilities in various countries.

Mr. Kalal holds an MBA from Sheffield Hallam University in the U.K. and he earned his BA at Anglo-American College in Prague, Czech Republic.

About IDC Energy Insights

IDC Energy Insights assists energy businesses and IT leaders, as well as the suppliers who serve them, in making more effective technology decisions by providing accurate, timely, and insightful fact-based research and consulting services. Staffed by senior analysts with decades of industry experience, our global research analyzes and advises on business and technology issues facing the utility and oil and gas industries.

About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology market. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,000 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries worldwide. For 50 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology media, research, and events company.

Autor: Gabriel Avăcăriței

Journalist experienced with both old and new media, Gabriel has been the editor in chief of energynomics.ro since 2013. His great command in communication, organizing information and publishing are put to work every working day in order to develop all the projects of the energynomics.ro B2B communication platform: website, magazine, and own-events.

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