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The Sunday Read: The Brain Drain- Consultants vs. Millennials

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Forbes has addressed the brain drain happening in industry but says it’s forthcoming. ARCOS would argue that for critical infrastructure and utilities, it’s already here.

As millennials force new ways of working to manifest across multiple disciplines thanks to the missing knowledge base of their predecessors, retiring baby boomers are finding that employers are asking them to stay on longer and in a new way- as consultants.

It’s a notable change and one causing workforce modifications across America. Is consultancy the new norm? Is it a sustainable situation or can millennials foster an accelerated knowledge dump and take the reigns? Will Baby Boomers ever get the rest and relaxation they’ve worked hard for and deserve or are they just standing in the way of progress by not understanding the ways millennials learn and view things?

This ARCOS Sunday Read is really one think about.

The Sunday Read: As Storm Costs Escalate, Regulators Penalize

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Storms are increasing and becoming more violent. Mother Nature is throwing us all for a loop with her pummeling fury.

Utilities have to be prepared for this new normal and while ICS and event plans have painstakingly been put in place to stay one step ahead of large-scale weather events, mistakes have been made- mistakes regulators are pouncing on by issuing threats of fines and financial retribution (which only fan the fires of consumer discontent).

The ARCOS Sunday Read focuses on the latest from Florida and New York. We pose the question of how prepared are you? Are your emergency preparedness plans in place? Are you following them? Can Incident Manager help? How can rapidly increasing restoration costs and fines be combated without decimating budgets and reserves? Are you ready to face regulator scrutiny after a weather-related event?

There is a lot to think about and implement before storm season starts.

The Sunday Read: Being Strategic About Emergency Preparedness

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In advance of ARCOS’ appearance at the National Hurricane Conference tomorrow in New Orleans, we ask the question, “How are we being strategic about emergency preparedness?”.

FEMA released their 4 year strategic plan back in March of 2018 but has adoption happened? Who has taken their recommendations to heart? Before we can stand tall in the face of increasing weather events, there are many challenges that we as a nation have to overcome – such as funds, time, and the quick organization and distribution of resources. Let’s hope we are never caught unaware again.

ARCOS has released Incident Manager to help facilitate strategic emergency preparedness. See us at the show and learn how we how we have re-envisioned ICS stand-up, crew deployment and paperwork collection and storage.

ARCOS is dedicated to making responding, restoring and reporting as simple and safe as possible. Request more info here.

The Sunday Read — Creating Full Situational Awareness

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The question of how to develop full situational awareness is a consuming conundrum no matter what the industry. Although the Army has created robots with advanced AI that can quickly access  and create a complete overview of the land, mapping out the full picture for the rest of us has always been an issue. What technological advancements are out there to help us advance our vision of an event so we can send crews out and keep them safe? ARCOS is definitely a start

The ARCOS Sunday Read: The Increase of Solar for a Brighter, Sustainable Future

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The ARCOS Sunday Read thinks about the impact of solar and other renewable energy sources and how committed utilities are in their implementation. Are we focused enough on future sustainability? This story from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies paints a pretty picture. What do you think?

https://e360.yale.edu/digest/utility-scale-solar-could-grow-by-double-digits-over-the-next-two-years

 

 

Technology that Takes the Risk out of Innovation

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According to the Department of Homeland Security, a large swath of the manufacturing industry falls under an umbrella term dubbed “critical infrastructure,” specifically the “critical manufacturing sector.” This subgroup includes entities like manufacturers of steel, aluminum, turbines for power generations and earth-moving and agricultural equipment. Output and throughput in these industries is a top priority. To ensure processes run smoothly every time, plant managers and front-line supervisors have to remedy interruptions as soon as possible. That often requires elaborate systems to monitor performance and reach assembly, maintenance, warehouse and other kinds of workers around the clock.

I’ve walked into many manufacturing facilities, however, that were coated in Excel spreadsheets and charts because the processes and lines of communications mentioned above were still being done in an analog way, by hand. For instance, assembling a response crew to fix a service interruption, without an automated system in place, can take hours of a front-line supervisor’s time, and leave other parts of a plant understaffed or underpowered.

In these critical infrastructure sectors, union rules often come into play and supervisors navigate the rules manually. I’ve worked with companies that had union rules so complicated that assembling people to fill shifts or parts of shifts nearly always ends with the company paying out  grievances, even to the point it’s considered a necessary expense.

Oftentimes, the reason manufacturers stick with these outdated processes comes down to return on investment. Some worry that the cost of purchasing and implementing a new, automated system, as well as training employees how to use it, will negatively impact the bottom line.

This is where ARCOS comes in. We create automated systems that allow manufacturers to take these complicated analog processes and transform them into automatic ones, freeing up employees, front-line supervisors and plant managers to work on other tasks that increase overall productivity.\

We’ve developed resource management software that mirror the way companies work through years of helping America’s largest utilities and the airline industry. We take on tough challenges, do what we say and work as a team, and, in return, ARCOS has a 99-percent customer satisfaction rating. If you want an ROI, take advantage of the latest innovation in workflow automation. If you’re in the critical manufacturing sector, consider what ARCOS has to offer.

A framework of trust and technology puts crew convoys in high gear

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Jim Nowak’s latest Electric Light and Power article has been posted. Read about how you can get your crews in gear with trust and a touch of technology.  https://www.elp.com/Electric-Light-Power-Newsletter/articles/2019/03/a-framework-of-trust-and-technology-puts-crew-convoys-in-high-gear.html

The Sunday Read…could Energy Corridors be the future of America and its borders?

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What if the US-Mexico border became an energy corridor? It’s an exciting glimpse into the future that engineers and scientists are forecasting could make a huge difference in providing energy to the United States. In this provocative article from Renewable Energy World, it doesn’t matter who pays for what, it’s the ideas that need discussed as we look into a tomorrow of sustainability and clean energy. Let us know your thoughts. http://bit.ly/2SRRrH5

ARCOS speaks at the Riverside Company Annual Conference

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Bruce Duff, ceo of ARCOS, spoke today at the Riverside Company annual conference of portfolio companies. Along with Dave Tiley, senior operating partner of the Riverside Company, they shared ARCOS’ journey and how action and urgency have played key roles in our success. The strategic importance of creating and living your corporate mission vision was also highlighted. Solving the toughest challenges for critical infrastructure industries is something ARCOS takes seriously and we are very grateful for our partners who let us help them respond, restore and report to daily planned and unplanned events. Thank you, Riverside, for the recognition and chance to tell our story.

The ARCOS Sunday Read: Green Practices for Electric Utilities

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The world of tomorrow is here, but will it last for our kid’s kids? What are the steps Electric Utilities must take to really become sustainable? Our Sunday Read takes a look and lists a few. Can you think of others? https://www.fleetcarma.com/sustainability-electric-utility-industry-electric-companies-can-become-sustainable/