Sixteen companies specializing in energy storage received a total of $185 million in government grants on Tuesday. The grants are part of the $4 billion in stimulus funds that the Department of Energy is distributing to promote smart-grid technology. The money will help spur development of advanced batteries and compressed air-storage technology.
Smart-grid technology, which will soon allow two-way communication between energy users and utilities, probably won't rely on standard Wi-Fi, writes Katie Fehrenbacher. Wi-Fi has a number of performance issues that are not present in competing standards, such as ZigBee and WiMAX, she notes.
N-Able Technologies CEO Gavin Garbutt said programs such as the N-Able University are helping VARs meet the growing demand for managed services. Garbutt predicted managed service providers will lead the market as they improve their ability to anticipate and respond to customer needs.
When recruiters hear you have a "life" coach, they might believe you're incapable of making decisions on your own, which can hurt your career, Tim Sackett writes. It's better to have a "business coach," who serves as a partner in strengthening skills and advancing your career, he writes.
With smart grid technologies rolling out far and wide, Oracle has introduced a range of software to help utilities manage and integrate their new smart meters. With some $4 billion in federal stimulus funding to support smart grid technologies, smart meter installations are expected to reach 40 million by the end of 2009, up from just 7 million last year.