Schneider Electric has reached a leadership position in energy efficiency. Now the company is focusing its research agenda on the optimization of customer core processes, including energy. Optimizing a mine 'from pit to port', a distribution grid, or even an entire city will require the management, analysis, and ultimately, 'sense-making' of vast amounts of data — in many cases, beyond the reach of traditional IT technologies. In-memory databases, 'big data', and machine learning will become key topics on the Schneider Electric research agenda. Deeply integrated with the broad Schneider Electric portfolio of operational control solutions, these techniques will allow companies to mine the efficiency gap between enterprise-class systems (ERPs) and traditional automation systems. The StruxureWare software offer is a key element in meeting the objective to deliver meaningful customer value.