The utility strategy for the deployment of the Smart Distribution Grid is being developed. Utilities are earnestly working on the development of the enabling advanced applications and technologies needed for the new future operating environment. Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Advanced Sensor Data are emerging as foundational technologies to ensure the achievement of the goals for the Smart Distribution Grid. Utility experiences will be shared about the development of the next generation Smart Distribution Grid with the integration of AMI technology and utilization of sensor technology. AMI deployment achieves corporate goals, greater system visibility, operational improvements and increased system efficiency. Sensor technology provides advanced techniques to facilitate circuit operational optimization and to increase the visibility of the readiness of power equipment. In this presentation, a North American utility updates the industry on their experiences with the integration of AMI and Advanced Sensor Data into the Smart Distribution Grid strategy.