Today's utilities face the challenges of tighter IT budgets, reduced in-house development staff, and the need to quickly deliver business benefits through applications. Utilities also need to adapt to the rapid changes in smart grid technology, the electricity distribution system of the future.

Telvent and Microsoft are working together to provide integrated solutions that can help utilities meet these challenges and better use their distribution assets for maintenance and growth. By working together to integrate key aspects of their solutions-including TelventArcFM Solution-Microsoft SQL Server, and Windows Server-Telvent and Microsoft address the most pressing needs of the smart grid age, including performance metrics, response times, and security.

In May and June 2011, Telvent, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, joined with Microsoft to conduct a series of benchmarking tests to verify the performance and scalability of ArcFM Solution 10.0.1 SP1 running on SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise and Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise.The results of the benchmark testing were impressive.

This webcast will detail the results of the benchmark testing as well as provide industry insights to help utility customers understand the value they can derive from Telvent and Microsoft's solutions both today and in the future.

Featured speakers include:

Mary Ann Stewart, Senior Analyst, Sierra Energy Group, the research and analysis Division of Energy Central

Jon C. Arnold, Managing Director, Worldwide Power and Utilities, Microsoft Corporation

Jeffrey R. Meyers, P.E., Smart Grid Executive, Telvent

Speakers will share industry insights as well as Microsoft and Telvent'sstrategy and vision of ArcFM's impact on strategic IT initiatives. This webcast event will give you the opportunity to learn how the partnership between Telvent and Microsoft is bringing game changing technology solutions to the utility industry.

Free webcast - Register today at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/803894153