BRIDGE’s award winning open Smart Grid Reference Architecture (openSGRA) for the Utility industry paves the way for achieving the Business and IT Transformation necessary in developing the nation’s Smart Grid
MARLBOROUGH, MA —June 14, 2011—BRIDGE Energy Group, the Trusted Advisor and Implementation Partner in Smart Grid Integration and Utility Solutions, today announced that the organization has been selected as a recipient of the 2011 CIO 100 award for excellence and achievement in IT. IDG’s CIO magazine has recognized BRIDGE for it’s lead role in accelerating the IT transformation required to achieve Smart Grid objectives. The 24th annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).
“This year’s CIO 100 awards draws well‐deserved attention to companies that are not only innovating with IT but creating genuine business value as well,” said Maryfran Johnson, Editor in Chief of CIO magazine & Events. “These winning companies and their IT organizations are an inspiration to businesses everywhere.”
“We are honored to be recognized by CIO magazine for the innovative use of technology in enabling a smarter electrical grid,” said Mandakini Pahooja, VP of Research & Development of BRIDGE Energy Group. “As technology plays an increasingly dominant role in optimizing the use of energy, BRIDGE is in the unique position to accelerate business value for utilities who are implementing IT solutions to deliver Smart Grid initiatives.”
“BRIDGE is pleased to be recognized as a visionary in Smart Grid enabling technologies,” said Tony Giroti, CEO of BRIDGE Energy Group. “The development of the industry’s first open reference architecture of its kind, promotes an open and standards ‐based integration and interoperability blueprint that is set to transform the power industry from what we see today.”
BRIDGE Energy Group developed openSGRA in response to an overwhelming industry need for a strategic IT architecture that specifically addresses the integration and interoperability challenges that currently exist in the energy industry. It is both vendor neutral and technology agnostic. BRIDGE’s Reference Architecture is currently being implemented as the foundation for implementing Smart Grid solutions at various utilities.
OpenSGRA is based upon the foundation and direction prescribed by United States Department of Energy’s Vision, GridWise® Architecture Council’s Context‐Setting Framework for Interoperability and National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Report on Roadmap. Standard‐setting committees are currently considering openSGRA as a foundation for further work.
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