If you’re in the IT department at a utility, you know full well the challenges of managing the continual updates and changes associated with information technology hardware, platform systems, and applications. And, if you’re in utility operations, you know the importance of having accurate network asset information available, when needed, to make the best decisions.
Seeking a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), Improved ROI
This is where cloud technology helps utility management. By going with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS), the utility passes the burden of maintaining IT functionality on to the technology provider.
In effect, the utility leases, rather than owns, information management elements. It deflects time and costs related to purchasing, operating, and maintaining IT infrastructure and platform technology and enables a much faster time to solution.
Asset Information – A Critical Difference
Then, there is the “other infrastructure” – the assets that a utility manages, maintains and models for a successful business. Accurate and current data about these assets is more valuable than ever – and having a steady and affordable stream of data from the field can make a critical difference. Cloud-based solutions allow the utility to implement a mobile data capture solution very quickly, with reduced cost and to make vital data regarding these assets available to other areas in the organization in real-time. The key is to do more, while reducing implementation and maintenance burden on your organization’s IT group. A well-designed SaaS solution can get you there.