• Technology has fundamentally shifted how the Energy sector thinks and operates. What was once considered as a conservative and slow-moving industry has now seen a wide range of innovation from within and outside the traditional IT organization. Spanning from the enormous opportunity we can unlock in the ‘Grid of Things’ to securing the extensive cyber attack, the  Utilities and Oil & Gas companies are living the benefits and risks of today’s disruptive technology. Moreover, the distributed nature of utility assets, combined with the need for more efficient asset management and labor use, makes mobility and supporting communication technologies high investment priority areas for utilities. Even though the utility industry trails other sectors in cloud adoption due to security and reliability concerns, solutions are beginning to emerge in areas such as smart meter, demand response coordination and GIS. The bottom line therefore  is that organizations should keep in pace with  the business as well as the technological trends while the CIOs must understand how to efficiently use digital technologies such as analytics of consumer, labor and supplier behaviors to increase services and reduce costs in order to make the leap in the industry. We at CIOReview realize this need of CIOs and have brought forth a list of 20 Most Promising Energy and Utility Software Solution providers. These vendors not only share an exceptional expertise in the domain but also posses the right tools, knowledge and understanding to benchmark, assess and improve their client’s unique Energy and Utility software requirements. Closely scrutinized by a distinct panel of judges that includes, CEOs, CIOs, CXOs, analysts and the CIOReview editorial board, we believe that these vendors will help you bring about the perfect balance between technology and time tested traditional practices in the energy and utility domain"