Bluewater Power prepares for smart metering with SAP and IBM solutions

Published on 9-Sep-2010

The XIV Storage System offers greater total capacity at significantly lower overhead, which in our view represents typical excellence from IBM. SAP BusinessObjects and XIV give us a very flexible foundation, helping us to deal with the future’s unknowns.

Keith Broad, Director, Information Technology, Bluewater Power

Customer
Bluewater Power

Industry
Energy and Utilities

Deployment country
Canada

Partner
SAP

Overview

Bluewater Power, based in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, is a medium-sized utility company, which provides water and electricity to commercial, industrial, and residential consumers in Southwestern Ontario. Created from a merger of several public electricity distribution companies in 2000, Bluewater employs around 100 people, serving some 35,000 customers in total.

Business need
Bluewater Power faced three business challenges: new regulations in the energy sector, stricter financial reporting standards, and a mandate to implement smart meters for electrical power. Legislative changes would impact the finance department with new reporting standards. Roles would be created and eliminated, and in combination these changes would produce change in the way the business operates. Existing business systems at Bluewater were unable to cope with the scale and pace of change.

Solution
The company implemented a suite of SAP ERP applications, including SAP Customer Relationship Management, SAP BusinessObjects, SAP NetWeaver and SAP Utility Customer e-Services (UCES), on IBM System x3650 M2 servers with Intel® Xeon Processor 5500 series processors, using VMware ESX Enterprise virtualization. Bluewater Power also deployed IBM XIV Storage Systems for data storage and management, with IBM Tivoli Storage Manager to handle backup, archive and retrieval services.

Benefits
Bluewater Power gains a highly resilient, flexible information infrastructure that aptly addresses current and changing power distribution challenges. Smart meters send detailed hourly interval data for analysis by Bluewater, which packages customers’ hour-by-hour power consumption into bucketed time of use bills. Reduced storage provisioning and management time by 60 to 70 percent, cut physical rack space demand by 50 percent, and avoided hiring one additional IT full-time employee.

Components

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software
Tivoli Storage Manager

Hardware
Storage: XIV

Services
IBM-SAP Alliance

Solution
, Business Resiliency, Customer Relationship Management, Enabling Business Flexibility, Energy Efficiency, Enterprise Resource Planning, Information Integration, Service Management, Virtualization, Virtualization - Applications, Virtualization - Server, Workload Management

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