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Neil Strother, Principal Research Analyst

Neil Strother

Neil Strother is a principal research analyst contributing to Navigant Research’s Utility Transformations program, with a focus on the Internet of Things (IoT) trend, smart metering technologies, and home energy management (HEM) solutions. Strother has an extensive background in market intelligence (more than 16 years) focused on emerging technologies.

Strother is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and is regularly quoted in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, and Bloomberg. Prior to joining Navigant Research, Strother was practice director of mobile services at ABI Research. He previously held senior analyst positions at Forrester, and NPD. He was also the managing editor of ZDNet AnchorDesk. Strother holds an MS from Northwestern University and a BA from Whitman College.

Recent Reports

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  • Implementing Innovation Strategies for Utilities

    Utility investments are shifting from the traditional value chain toward Energy Cloud-related companies—those focused on renewables, energy services, or software to manage distributed energy resources (DER). Navigant Research’s analysis of the investments global utilities made in 2016 and 2017 also shows that European utilities ...

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  • Creating an Agile Energy Cloud Platform

    In its Energy Cloud 4.0 white paper, Navigant Consulting, Inc. (Navigant) discusses how Energy Cloud platforms will support the business models required by a clean, intelligent, mobile, and distributed energy system. The transition from an asset-focused to a network orchestrator model shifts utilities’ attention to many new busine...

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  • IoT and Analytics for Utilities Market Overview

    DER, Grid Operations, Asset Performance, and Customer Applications:

    Utilities face mounting challenges as they attempt to leverage a plethora of generating assets, transmission and distribution (T&D) system equipment, and smart meters connected to the grid that create mountains of data. The Internet of Things (IoT) has invaded their space. Utilities already use software tools and control systems...

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  • Smart Appliances Expand Smart Home IoT Opportunity for Energy Customers

    A wave of adoption of smart home and Internet of Things (IoT) products and technologies has risen among consumers seeking greater automation, energy savings, and convenience in their homes. Products like smart thermostats, connected lights controlled by voice activation, and smart locks have gained a foothold among a growing number ...

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Recent Blog Posts

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  • Harnessing IIoT Requires Collective Thinking

    July 12, 2018

    One of the big challenges managers face when planning Industrial IoT (IIoT) projects is choosing the right architecture or approach for solving business problems. Managers don’t simply decide to buy some IoT technology one day and then install it. Instead, they look at an issue, such as how to reduce energy on a production line or...

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  • Automotive Sector and Smart Cities Join IoT and 5G Surge

    June 26, 2018

    In a recent blog, I noted the gathering momentum for industrial IoT (IIoT) solutions. A similar IoT solution and connectivity trend is emerging in the automotive sector, among smart cities, in the buzzy 5G telecom world, and even in military circles. Of course, 5G is expected to play a role in the utility sector, too (see Navigant R...

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  • Industrial IoT Gets Needed Technology Boost from Vendors

    June 14, 2018

    For many businesses, the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has yet to take hold. Most are well aware of the concept, but have little practical experience with the intricacies of IoT deployments, or else lack a strategy for taking advantage of IoT. Lately, though, new tools and better approaches have become available to help move ...

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  • Making the Case for an Intelligent Edge in an IoT World

    June 12, 2018

    Cloud computing gets plenty of attention in IT circles and among grid managers—it is hard to ignore when technology giants like Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, and others keep promoting their cloud solutions. But as the Internet of Things (IoT) concept gains momentum, new attention is being focused on intelligent edge and distributed comp...

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Recent Press Releases

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