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Agility is a wholly New Zealand-owned and -based business with a strong R&D programme and a high level of export sales. The Technology Development Grant supports firms with a good track record in R&D, and which spend a significant proportion of their revenue... more.
AgilityCIS Inc. - Mike Thorne
Mike Thorne, Solutions Manager, Agility CIS Ltd
was with another company when working with Michael at Lumo Energy "Mike's curiosity to explore new things gives him an early mover advantage keeping him ahead in dynamic Technology eco system. Mike always ensured things brought to his attention were taken to logical conclusion. We had wonderful experience working with Mike and his team. May 18, 2011 was a consultant or contractor to Michael at Lumo Energy "Mike is an excellent manager and he has assembled a team of motivated professionals at Lumo Energy. Although I am not an IT specialist I have noticed that Mike's detailed understanding of the systems we employ has allowed him to give guidance to his managers and staff so that issues are resolved quickly and efficiently. From a small start up operation less than ten years ago, Mike has brought the IT department to a point where it is now efficiently servicing an information intensive company employing about 500 people. He has introduced management systems that ensure a high quality of service to the business. I have worked for Mike as Facilities Manager at Lumo Energy for about a year. As my manager I have found Mike a great leader. He allowed me great freedom as Facilities Manager yet I was able to seek his advice, which always seemed to turn out to be the best path. I could count on Mike's support, even when I had made a mistake. In other words, Mikes' management style generated loyalty from me and other employees and of course this benefitted the productivity of the whole department. Mike has lived and breathed Victoria Electricity/Lumo Energy since its inception. His dedication, skills and knowledge will be sorely missed. May 16, 2011 reported to Michael at Lumo Energy "I can highly recommend Michael Dornan as a person with great wisdom and deep education of IT solutions. Michael is not only an honest and goal oriented natural leader but also an inspiring colleague.
Mike Thorne is eyeing up potential markets in Turkey, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Photo / Sarah Ivey
Mike Thorne is eyeing up potential markets in Turkey, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. "The asset sales are an opportunity from our perspective," says Agility CIS chief executive Mike Thorne. Agility CIS is the creator of Orion, a system for utility billing and customer management - for "anything that is metered: electricity, gas, water, internet services providers (ISPs) and telcos", he says. The company's services include remote advance metering, smart billing, customer information systems, credit management and performance monitoring. Thorne says companies need a driver to change, and those drivers are deregulation and advanced metering or smart metering, where consumers can have more up-to-date information on their consumption patterns. Smart metering requires a lot of system alterations, he says. "Our figure is that there will be a 432,000 per cent increase in the volume of data that a utility retailer will receive as a result of smart meters. That's often when systems creak and groan, but we can handle it," says Thorne. We fought off a lot of international competition," says Thorne. "There is more growth because there is more deregulation happening," adds Thorne, who comes from an analyst/consulting background, working with SOE energy companies such as Genesis Energy and PowerLink in Queensland. "Now I'm on this side of the fence, I understand what customers want. They want something that can meet their business processes," he says. Thorne is watching Italy and Greece closely, too. When governments need money, they need to sell something, and power is often a valuable asset, he says.
One of the terrible misfortunes in the news reporting on Carla was made by the Houston Chronicle when, in its first report about Palacios, by reporter Mike Thorne, carried the page one headlines: "38 Residents Missing; Death Stalks Streets of Devastated Palacios; Water Supply Polluted." At 10 a.m. Tuesday, Carla was about 200 miles north from Palacios, was still dangerous, but no longer classified as a hurricane.Still, she would maintain an identity until she passed the range of two Air Force bases and Camp Tuto in Greenland on Sept. 16th--and returned to her native element, the sea, ending a 13-day career as one the all-time great and most destructive hurricanes. PART 5: Recollections of a Storm Named Carla
One of the terrible misfortunes in the news reporting on Carla was made by the Houston Chronicle when , in its first report about Palacios , by reporter Mike Thorne , carried the page one headlines : 38 Residents Missing ; Death Stalks Streets of Devastated Palacios ; Water Supply Polluted..At 10 a.m. Tuesday , Carla was about 200 miles north from Palacios , was still dangerous , but no longer classified as a hurricane.Still , she would maintain an identity until she passed the range of two Air Force bases and Camp Tuto in Greenland on Sept. 16th--and returned to her native element , the sea , ending a 13-day career as one the all-time great and most destructive hurricanes.( Next Week : A special tab section of Carla memories will be included in the printed edition of The Palacios Beacon.An epilogue on Carla will be published Sept. 12 and included online. ).Click HERE For 1st Article In SeriesClick HERE For 2nd Article In Series