Get customer unstuck
The utility had been trying to build a digital outage tracking system for several years but had never moved past the requirements stage. AIS encouraged the customer to bring in an AIS scrum team and include AIS in the requirements gathering sessions to help brainstorm solutions and guide the scrum process. By the end of this process, the project requirements had changed significantly, but the customer agreed for the better. In short, bringing in the AIS scrum team helped get the customer unstuck.
Deliver system in six months
By using platform as a service (PaaS) offerings in Microsoft Azure, we created a web-based outage tracking system in just six months. Building in the cloud not only sped development but simplified system access by the utility and its multiple partners.
Create reporting tools
AIS also developed a capacity forecasting tool that the utility uses to more precisely map available turbine capacity to power generation needs to eliminate under or oversupply.
We also incorporated Microsoft Power BI into the system to allow utility employees to build their own reports to meet frequently changing regulatory requirements.
Gain real-time insight into outage management
With this system, the utility and its partners have real-time information on scheduling and managing outage information throughout the outage lifecycle—from planning and analysis through response and reporting.
The utility projects savings of up to $300,000 annually by reducing power generation oversupply during outages and nearly $400,000 annually in outage planning and coordination costs. It also estimates reducing power “spill” during outages by 65 percent.