Integrate – to everywhere. That accentuates the whole point of centralized network investment planning. The magic is in pulling together data from all your sources, so that you can focus on easy monitoring. And if you have doubts about the technical side of it, not to worry – it’s easy for guys like Jussi!
Jussi starts off with the enterprise resource planning: “Most utilities use some enterprise resource planning system, ERP, for providing, for example, construction project data for the decision making, and of course, you want to integrate to that.” The smart thing to do is to couple together the network planning software and the ERP with clearly defined roles that don’t overlap. “One person only has to use one system,” Jussi explains: “Some use the ERP and some use the planning tools, but the systems exchange information automatically.”
But there’s more.
Digging Deeper: The ERP Integration
Jussi goes on: “You get so many benefits from connecting the data also from your other IT systems. For example, integrate to your network maintenance tools, and to your estimation of maintenance costs. In addition, use other analytic tools, such as reliability network analysis, power system analysis and calculations, as well as visualization tools. This really enriches the data used in the investment decision process.” The integration brings the IT systems together and elevates your overall data management to a new level, so that you no longer have just disjointed systems that various people handle manually, but instead, you get an automation-driven entity.
And then it all returns back to knowing your needs. You can only decide what to integrate with what, based on your needs. Jussi puts tonnes of importance on distinguishing what each system is to do in the entity, and why.
After all that, the technical side comes easy – especially with the help of open web service based interfaces and, maybe most importantly, awesome guys like Jussi. With a little luck, he might be just the one to pay you a visit.
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