This month our Employee Spotlight is Dianne DePuy. She joined Cohesive Solutions in January of 2018. Dianne has been providing work and asset management services and software to many of the world’s largest utility companies for more than 20 years. As a strong client advocate Dianne has collaborated with regional, national and global utility companies across the energy value chain to align software and services solutions with utility company asset management strategies and best practices. In her prior role as the Worldwide Utilities Industry Leader for IBM Maximo Dianne worked closely with key clients and development partners to align Maximo processes and product direction with the business requirements of power generation, electric and gas transmission and distribution providers, as well as with organizations delivering water and wastewater services.
Briefly describe what you do all day.
I work with and listen to clients, the industry, IBM and our coworkers to gain understanding of client-based imperatives and determine if our solutions and our people might be instrumental in helping clients meet business commitments.
What’s the best thing about your job?
The diversity of our client problems, opportunities and environments. One area of interest for me is Nuclear Energy. Just this week the IEA stated that the world is on track to lose a quarter of existing nuclear capacity by 2025, leaving clean energy and climate goals in jeopardy. IEA warns that abandoning nuclear, one of the main sources of emissions-free energy, will make it that much harder for the world to decarbonize the power sector. This problem of finding ways to provide clean energy is particularly fascinating. At Cohesive, no other firm in North America brings an equivalent blend of Standard Nuclear Performance Model knowledge, commercial product expertise with solutions like Maximo, EMPAC, and SAP, and lessons learned from implementing these systems.
What’s the best thing about Cohesive?
Dedication of our people to deliver client successes. At Cohesive we have skilled team members, but outside of their skills they really are super curious about solving problems and taking the time to dissect the intricate details to help improve operations, thru process and/or technology. One thing I find very extraordinary about my colleagues is an ability to openly share the benefits and challenges in Maximo, or other solutions and programs that surround the client's work environment.
What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?
Right now, my family is growing, my new granddaughter happily occupies my time, and I spend my down time studying. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution.
What inspires you?
Personal growth and sharing are very exciting. I am a ‘people’ person versus years ago I was very much a technology focused person. I find the more I am around others in the industry I learn from their situations. We really do have much to absorb from each other.
Fill in the blank: I once met…
Greatest game in history?
Anytime Army beats Navy
What are a few words of advice for others in your profession?
Listen, and lean into uncomfortable circumstances
Meet Dianne next week in Washington D.C. for the annual Nuclear Energy Assembly Summit.