National Grid Transco (NGT) has signed a contract to standardise its inherited business intelligence (BI) systems onto one platform and user interface.
The UK-based international energy supplier wants to maximise the value of its BI investment and allow access to information from various data sources so that performance can be consistently measured across the company.
The project became necessary when the National Grid and Lattice Groups combined the electricity supplier National Grid with its gas equivalent Transco to form NGT in October 2002.
Derek Murphy, NGT technology manager, told vnunet.com that the new BI platform would provide "contracted cost savings as a result of standardising on one BI solution [and] timely access to a unified view of company-wide performance information".
"From a business perspective, the main issue post-merger was the potential of having information in different tools and being unable to join it together," he said, adding that NGT would benefit from economies of scale and ease of maintenance.
As the different instances of BI had previously made it difficult to achieve integrated querying, reporting and analysis across the organisation, NGT bought the Business Objects platform and its web-based tool, WebIntelligence.
It also contracted the BI software vendor to provide professional implementation services.
NGT will not replace all of its existing BI tools in the short term because of "the amount we've already invested in them in specific business areas," said Murphy.
Instead, the utility company will have a rolling implementation programme, encompassing a number of different projects, with Business Objects the standard for all new BI projects.
One such project is 'Quarterback', which aims to identify possible cost savings and efficiencies for NGT's mobile field engineer workforce according to performance.
The Business Objects platform will also track and manage NGT's gas network operations, providing information about the network's condition, rate of gas flow and performance against key service level agreements for regulatory compliance purposes.
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