MILAN, Italy, February 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On the 23 rd to the 25 th of April 2013, thirty of Europe's leading utilities executives will convene at the Meliá Milano hotel for two-and-a-half days of focused workshops, peer led panel discussions and working lunches at GDS International's seventh NG Utilities Europe summit. Rapidly evolving technological, social, political and regulatory changes related to smart grid are now an immediate and important on-going challenge. Do you have the tools to make optimal decisions related to network demand, reliability, efficiency, safety, regulations, and asset utilisation? Are you able to prioritise actions and automate processes taking all of these factors into consideration? Can you base your decisions on information that is presented in real-time with awareness of your entire distribution network? With these questions in mind, the upcoming Next Generation Utilities summit will be based around an on-trend programme that has been put together by GDS International's very own advisory board. Some of the topics that will be mentioned this year include: smart grid strategies, advanced metering infrastructure, customer outage communications, big data analytics and next generation billing and payment. Delegates will also be discussing broader issues, such as web self-service and mobile strategies, and distribution networks, to name a few. This year's summit differs from previous ones as it will follow GDS International NG30 format. This format is aimed at creating focused conversation between thought leaders, and consists of four main components to ensure maximum productivity: roundtables, workshops and panels, networking and one to one meetings. Focusing on real-time user generated content surrounding today's most pressing challenges, attendees with be given the unique opportunity to learn from the industry's leading companies and leverage their value proposition with unprecedented insight from the most senior executives. Combining an intensely-researched, content-rich programme with an invitation-only delegation, the NG30 hones in on the most pressing end-user challenges, providing that quality, high-level insight that is so critical to your business.