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Randy Rhodes
Research VP
2 years with Gartner
19 years IT industry

Randy Rhodes is a research director in Gartner's Energy and Utilities Industry Advisory Service, focusing on power delivery applications, including energy management and supervisory control systems, geographic information systems… Read Full Bio

How to Leverage Inquiry

by Randy Rhodes  |  August 3, 2011

“Inquiry” is the Gartner term for your opportunity to get inside the head of any analyst – subject of course to your licensing arrangement. How do you get the maximum benefit from inquiry? Here are some thoughts from my own experience. File a clear request. Good analysts will spend some time preparing for the call […]

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Augmenting Reality at Utilities

by Randy Rhodes  |  August 1, 2011

Gartner hype cycles are like chiropractors. They can snap your thinking into more correct alignment. As an example, I’ve been thinking about augmented reality for the last six months or so, especially in relation to GIS (which I cover for the utilities sector). My thinking was probably optimistic and needed some adjustment. What does Gartner […]

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Mashing Up Your Smart Grid

by Randy Rhodes  |  July 28, 2011

I found it interesting that CISCO recently supported a special report on Mashables.com explaining how the smart grid would impact our lives. I’ve been thinking for a long while about how the smart grid initiatives may affect our overall computing architectures within electric utilities. I noted in my last post that CEP and several other […]

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IT Meets OT in the new Utility Industry Operational Technologies (OT) Hype Cycle

by Randy Rhodes  |  July 26, 2011

Gartner’s annual release of hype cycles is a high point for clients who want to get their arms around the advancement of technology. The hype cycle methodology is a proven way to put tech investment opportunities into perspective. This year I took over authorship of the Hype Cycle for Utility Industry Operational Technologies. We added […]

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One More Voice

by Randy Rhodes  |  July 20, 2011

Hey, I’m joining the Gartner Blog Network. Why? It’s time to make my web presence a bit more – well, corporate. I’ve been pushing thoughts through Google Buzz as well as tweeting for the past year. Meet me on Google+ and Twitter, if you like. It takes a while for new Gartner analysts to shape […]

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