Chapter 10
Preparing for the Next Big Thing
With a secure program in place and budgets set, you can turn your attention to the bigger pic-
ture. At this point, you and a small core team of people will need to decide where the program
is heading three to five years out. This level of strategic thinking and planning is a logical
extension of the topics we covered in the preceding chapter. However, you have ample room for
innovation and leadership in deciding the future of your management program. At the time of
this writing, we are in this phase of futures assessment, so what we cover in this chapter is theo-
retical. What is practical is our application of the same business and technology criteria to the
resource management options we are considering. Please view the content in this chapter as our
opinion on how energy management technologies will evolve and integrate. With that in mind,
in this chapter you will learn the following:
What adjacent technologies and business priorities might impact or be affected by an
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energy management program
How user behavior and governmental reporting might be affected by managed energy
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How an energy management program might evolve into a full workload and natural re-•u
source management program
Chart Your Course
The rules of navigation never navigated a ship. The rules of architecture never built a house.
Thomas Reid
At some point, your program might become a full-fledged business unit with its own profit and
loss statement. Or, as we recommended earlier, you might simply get energy management to a
point where it is fully integrated into one or several operations. Where it goes depends on your
leaderships understanding of value, placement, and growth. We tried to avoid the theoretical
in this book and to present a more how-to focus. However, it is important to have a basic trajec-
tory planned out ahead of time. This helps to avoid surprises while building morale within your
team because it demonstrates our oh-so-human need for progress.
In our case, we had deep passion for technology, architecture, and the environment. We had
both decided independently that applying our technical knowledge to some greater good was
important. Johns experience with utilities and software engineering, along with mine in envi-
ronmental sciences and facilities, pushed us toward energy management. From energy, we saw
distinct similarities across a wide range of natural resource management applications. Water is
the most obvious, but we also considered the more complex but much needed ones such as the
source, transfer, and fate of pollutants. With all this as background, we cannot provide a guide
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