By - Jon Brown

The CIS/CRM Evolution: Transforming Your Customer Platform & Experience
April 20, 2020 | Atlanta, GA

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Overview

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There continues to be significant changes that affect the way utilities interact with their customers. New regulation related to distributed generation, real-time pricing and net metering along with advancements in mobile technology have changed the utility to consumer relationship. Most utility customer information systems (CIS) were purpose-built, isolated billing solutions, unable to accommodate the growing demand for multi-channel customer service and agile customer interface. Today, an increasing number of utilities are focusing on CRM and CX to improve customer engagement and streamline customer operations. New tools are assisting customer service professionals to understand the customer better such as journey mapping and omnichannel interaction tracking.

In addition to a customer focus, utilities are also balancing a myriad of new technology upgrades and applications i.e., integrated platforms such as Advanced Distribution Management Systems, which all impact the customer experience and how customer facing systems perform. Further, many Customer Information Systems were not specifically designed to leverage massive AMI/AMR data and rationalize it. Solutions are being developed to use that data to address complex market structures and billing requirements (load aggregation, retail market requirements) to leverage the benefits of ongoing innovations around DER, self-service options, and mobile platforms favored by “digital customers”.

Join us at this essential event where utility and industry professionals will share their best practices in dealing with this CIS/CRM evolution and how organizations continue to transform their customer platforms. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss new level current trends in the market as it relates to CRM/CIS from recent survey data
  • List the insights on the types of offers energy consumers will want in five years
  • Recognize the necessary components of a good customer experience
  • Discuss how CRM will drive significant change for utilities in multiple areas: people, process, capabilities and even behavioral change
  • Discuss the necessary steps that are involved in implementing a new CIS including selection strategy, project management, change management conversion activities and business process improvement
  • Explain how applying the necessary strategies will increase a company’s ability to develop a world class operation
  • Discuss the upgrade journey to improve customer satisfaction

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.7 CEUs for this event.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

The instructional content will be administered through case studies, panel discussions and PowerPoint presentations

Agenda

Monday, April 20, 2020

7:45 – 8:15 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15 – 8:25 a.m. :: Conference Announcements


8:25 – 8:45 a.m. :: Opening Remarks and Welcome Address from the Georgia PSC

Commissioner McDonald will welcome power industry attendees to Atlanta and provide a regulatory perspective on how utilities can reliably serve customers by delivering their services at predictable and reasonable rates. A key to accomplishing this is the utility’s CIS/CRM, which needs to be responsive to the ever-changing regulatory and business needs.

Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, Commissioner, Georgia Public Service Commission


8:45 – 9:30 a.m. :: Setting the Stage – The Value of CRM/CIS for Utilities

This session will set the context, themes, and participatory discussion tone for the day. Conference chair, Jon Brock will present current trends in the market as it relates to CRM/CIS from recent survey data. Attendees will be invited to provide input regarding key discussion interests to highlight throughout the day’s sessions.

Jon Brock, President, Desert Sky Group, LLC


9:30 – 10:15 a.m. :: Consumer Platform of the Future Study

As economies move to a decentralized, customization-centric approach, the energy ecosystem must also evolve. The emergence of strategic partnerships, aggregators and other new entrants into the energy ecosystems affects the business model for utilities and opens new opportunities for how products and services are configured and offered. This study discusses how online e-commerce marketplaces are evolving into a key piece of post-purchase consumer engagement for utilities and focuses on the changes in the volume and complexity of decisions consumers now make. Audience members will learn insights on the types of offers consumers will want in five years, elements of offers consumers want to be packaged together, and tools that would be helpful in evaluating offers.

Patty Durand, President & CEO, Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:30 – 11:15 a.m. :: CASE STUDY: Enabling a 360° View of the Customer through CRM

AEP has embarked on a significant journey to enable a 360° view of the customer. The objective is more than omni-channel; this project strives to have all information about customers as well as their interactions with AEP available to all customer service personnel. This project will support all classes of customers including their largest C&I customers. It will also span multiple states and jurisdictions. In this session, learn how the project will drive significant change for the company in multiple areas: people, process, capabilities and even behavioral change. The solution being implemented in phases, will use a substantial modular platform that employees a cloud-based CRM integrated to an on-premise legacy CIS.

Jay Hoffman, Director Customer Experience, American Electric Power (AEP)


11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: CASE STUDY: Implementation of a Multi-Faceted CIS

Implementing a new CIS is a challenge from picking the right product and partners, to maintaining customer satisfaction and smooth daily operations during implementation, to leveraging the new system to improve business processes. This session features a discussion of the implementation of the SAP CRB CIS product. The presenter will address multiple perspectives including selection strategy, project management, change management conversion activities and business process improvement.

Robert Stoyko, VP, Marketing & Customer Relations, UGI Utilities, Inc.


12:00 – 12:30 p.m. :: Operating in the Cloud

Disruptive technologies have the capability to trigger rapid advancement in any given industry, yet their adoption is rarely linear, especially in the case of regulated industries. The utility industry has enjoyed its monopoly status for decades now and lags other sectors in the US. Thanks to increased competition, utilities, like every other industry, are now being impacted by rapidly shifting customer needs and expectations. In this session, hear how utilities are going from crawling to walking toward digitization to keep up with other industries.

John Herron, Vice President, Vertex Business Services

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:30 – 2:15 p.m. :: CASE STUDY: Keys to Justify Resources

One of biggest challenges utilities face is getting the resources they need to enable them to be successful. Justifying and getting approval for additional people, equipment and technology for projects like CIS/CRM implementations is never easy. In this presentation, a leader in the utility industry is going to share tips that have worked for him and other operations across the country. The speaker will share ten proven strategies for justifying resources for your operation or project.  Attendees will learn how applying these strategies will increase your ability to develop a world class operation and make your company even more successful.

Wes Friesen, President, Solomon Training & Development (ret’d Manager, Portland General Electric)


2:15 – 3:00 p.m. :: CASE STUDY: Cobb EMC’s CIS Upgrade Journey

Cobb EMC went through a CIS upgrade journey a few years ago to leverage the advanced functionality of a new CIS and improve customer satisfaction. In this session, Ross Dicken will share how the new CIS has helped to modernize Cobb EMC’s customer service operations. Topics to be discussed include:

  • The decision to go with a new system
  • Lessons learned from the implementation
  • Areas in the company that were impacted the most
  • What worked well and what didn’t

Ross Dicken, Manager of Member Care Support Services, Cobb EMC

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


3:15 – 4:00 p.m. :: CASE STUDY: Technology Initiatives Make It Look Easy

Con Edison’s Energy Services department, which is responsible for new and additional electric and gas services, has embarked on a series of technological advances to better serve its customers. 2018 saw a roll out of ‘Ask a Question’ online portal, streamlining customer inquiries directly into cases and tracking response times. Customers can use a new online self-scheduling appointment calendar for inspections. During the summer, a new app, available to all new business customers and contractors, was introduced to open and track their cases. In the fall, they began remote video inspections of customer equipment, replacing traditional inspections with a Con Ed rep going out to the customer location. In this session, hear how these technological advances are making a difference operationally and in the customer experience.

Elissa Seidman, Manager, Con Edison

Lori Miller, Energy Services Department Manager, Con Edison


4:00 – 4:45 p.m. :: Technologies Panel Discussion

Innovative solutions including mobile technologies and self-service portals have brought many changes in the utility industry. CIS and CRM systems have been upgraded and integrated with other systems to help enable a true, digital, customer experience for modern day consumers. In this session, panelists will respond to audience inquiries on how these and other systems have changed for the better to provide customer service beyond the normal channels.  Ask as many questions as possible of our panel of experts to learn about what could work best for your utility.

 Moderator:

Jon T. Brock, President, Desert Sky Group, LLC

Panelists:

Jay Hoffman, Director Customer Experience, American Electric Power (AEP)

Robert Stoyko, VP, Marketing & Customer Relations, UGI Utilities, Inc.

John Herron, Vice President, Vertex Business Services

4:45 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Speakers

  • Jon T. Brock, President, Desert Sky Group, LLC
  • Ross Dicken, Manager of Member Care Support Services, Cobb EMC
  • Patty Durand, President & CEO, Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative
  • Wes Friesen, President, Solomon Training & Development (ret’d Manager, Portland General Electric)
  • John Herron, Vice President, Vertex Business Services
  • Jay Hoffman, Director Customer Experience, American Electric Power (AEP)
  • Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, Commissioner, Georgia Public Service Commission
  • Lori Miller, Energy Services Department Manager Con Edison
  • Elissa Seidman, Manager, Con Edison
  • Robert Stoyko, VP, Marketing & Customer Relations, UGI Utilities, Inc.

Location

Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown

35 14th Street NE

Atlanta, GA 30309

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Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of April 19 – 21, 2020

Room rate through EUCI:

$198.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to March 30, 2020.

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