Wade, as CEO of Omnetric Group, your article is quite a commercial for your company's product and for Siemens, your parent company and a sponsor of this website.
It makes very little sense at all. For example:
You claim "in a nutshell, the platform will allow the utility to still perform centralized management even though there is distributed control." This is marketing hooey, and a contradiction of terms. How is it possible to manage anything when it's beyond one's control?
"To more simply and cost effectively operate an increasingly complex and crowded grid, greater interoperability across disparate devices and systems is needed." An increasingly complex and crowded grid is not only unnecessary, but counterproductive - from an engineering standpoint, the ideal grid would be increasingly simple and reliable.
What specific evidence do you have that "edge-based analytics" would improve performance, or lower integration costs, or improve risk mitigation?
What specific evidence do you have that distributed energy sources make the grid more responsive and efficient?
Are you aware that using storage to "emulate traditional generation" at grid scale would cost billions of dollars, and is not remotely practical?
Like most of the vendors in the renewable, grid-edge, distributed generation free-for-all, your pitch thrives on OpenFMB, EMS/DMS, ESIF, MGMS, and ACA ("Abundant, Clever Acronyms") to sell a product at odds with systems management, with engineering, and with the environment.