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Enabling the Smart Grid
with the Common Information Model

 December 15-18, 2008 >> Microsoft Campus, Redmond, WA
Recent legislation has brought the Smart Grid concept to the forefront of the electric utility industry. Realizing the potential of the smart grid will require extensive system integration, and standards are critical. The Common Information Model (CIM) is an international standard now accepted globally for modelling the information exchanges required in electric utilities. The CIM is independent of any individual application, middleware, or message protocols used for information exchange.
The CIM User Group (CIMug) was formed for users to get information on the progress of the CIM and to share their project experiences. The user group holds two meetings each year (one in Europe and one in the U.S.). Recognized experts share their insights and resolve key technical issues. Each meeting also includes pre-conference tutorials, vendor exhibits, and social networking opportunities. 
Who Should Attend
Utilities that are using standards-based integration to meet their business challenges will find this conference invaluable. Project managers, system architects, business and IT managers, and control center personnel will all benefit from this meeting.
The meeting is open to all current or potential CIM users – you do not have to be a CIM User Group member to attend. Attendees gain first-hand access to CIM experts and come away with new insights on the power of CIM-based integration.
Location & Date
The CIMug Meeting will be held on December 15-18, 2008 at the Microsoft campus located in Redmond, Washington, near the city of Seattle.  Microsoft is offering tours of its research facilities - the Microsoft Home and the Center for the Information Worker. Meeting attendees can register for these one-of-a-kind tours.
The meeting will start on Monday, December 15, 2008 with CIM University - a pre-conference CIM tutorial.  The formal sessions of the CIMug Meeting will begin on Tuesday, December 16 and run until noon on Thursday, December 18.   

Conference costs and more information is available on the Registration link on the left panel. Vendors who would like to sponsor tables can add this as part of their registration.
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