Bluewater Power faced three significant 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 totally new reporting standards, and would affect the meter, meter reading and customer service departments. Roles would be created and eliminated in other departments, and in combination these changes would produce wholesale change in the way the business operates. Additionally, limited peak generation capabilities that dictated existing power capacity would have to be used more intelligently. Existing business systems at Bluewater were unable to cope with the scale and pace of change.
Bluewater Power quickly turned to a set of SAP and IBM solutions to help with their predicament. The company implemented a suite of SAP ERP applications, including SAP Customer Bluewater Power prepares for smart metering with SAP and IBM solutions we know they know Overview 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.
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