As utilities embark on more complex technology programs to achieve their business objectives, IT organizations are forced to manage multiple, cross-functional projects with more dependencies and constraints than ever before. BRIDGE Energy Group’s Project & Systems Implementations employ utility industry experts with proven experience in energy and technology to implement project and electric utility program management best practices, governance and oversight, internal & external metrics and contract and SLA management. The result is a consistent definition and approach for delivering business and technology projects across the organization.
The cause of many program failures and cost overruns can be tied back to lack of program governance and poor execution of program management processes. An experienced team, executing a process and delivery methodology for utilities that has been right-sized to fit client needs, can make all the difference.
Every BRIDGE engagement leverages our proven, utility-tailored, delivery methodology to bring the tools, processes and controls, including the utilization of Earned Value Management (EVM), required to effectively manage projects of all sizes and technical complexities.
BRIDGE’s methodical approach, combined with our utility expertise, has enabled the management and timely resolution of issues as well as the proactive identification, assessment and contingency planning for project risks, such as on National Grid’s Worcester smart grid project. This approach enables our clients to achieve their business objectives on time and within budget.
Delivering solutions often requires working with and managing multiple vendors. The more vendors, the more complex it is to manage. This translates to increased project risks and costs.
BRIDGE’s experience with vendor selection and oversight ensures the delivery of quality vendor products and services that integrate to provide a complete, end-to-end solution meeting near-term and long-term objectives.
BRIDGE has successfully helped clients with electric utility vendor management to:
BRIDGE has a known history of ensuring deliverables are on time and within budget, regardless of how many vendors are working on a project.
Utilities need architected solutions to meet their unique needs, solve a business problem, and make their business strategy a reality. Simply retrofitting processes and solutions from other industries will no longer work. This approach can be costly, time consuming and not meet expectations.
BRIDGE utility-industry experts start by understanding or defining the business objectives and then deriving the solution; bringing together the various people, processes, and technology components to achieve business goals. Whether you are deploying multiple applications to deliver a complex program, or still in the planning stages of a project, BRIDGE is able to help in the following areas:
BRIDGE’s experienced electric utility solution architects with a background in delivering software and systems integration solutions for utilities has successfully helped clients such as BC Hydro, National Grid, Northeast Utilities and others.
As service-oriented and cloud-based architectures become more widely accepted and utilized by utilities, the requirements for integration architecture have evolved. No longer is a specific utility in control of all the components. The development of geographically distributed applications requires a different perspective and methodology.
BRIDGE’s utility integration architects understand the importance of developing a secure integration architecture that fits each utility’s environment while ensuring that integrated systems are built on a foundation that is supportable, flexible and scalable- now and in the future- as new technologies are introduced. BRIDGE has worked with utilities including OUC, BELCO, National Grid, NV Energy and the Town of Danvers to define an integration strategy & roadmap and help implement the final solution for electric and gas utility systems integration.
While many utilities face the challenge of a lean IT staff and minimal software development resources, the demands for speedy outage restoration and energy efficiency has created a gap in the ability for utilities to leverage technology to help solve these problems. See more
GridInteract™ unlocks the potential of your legacy and new systems to solve key business priorities by simplifying the utility system integration and operation. Leveraging the available integration library accelerates the time to value while other features, such as the integrated and synchronized multi-system log viewer, makes identifying and solving operational issues easy.
GridInteract™ serves as an accelerator for the introduction, integration and use of problem-solving technologies and can help in a way that is cost effective, measurable and reduces risk. GridInteract is available as licensed software, a pre-configured appliance or remotely hosted in the BRIDGE Cloud.
BRIDGE recognizes that commercially available products are not always a perfect fit. When this is the case, having options such as custom modules and applications, ensures you can get the solution that meets your business needs.
Our team of experts can determine what custom development work, if any, is required to meet your needs while also leveraging your existing investment in software, hardware and people.
BRIDGE’s experience and track record for delivering custom technical solutions exclusively for the utility industry, ensures lower risk and costs versus other solutions and vendors.
Without a clear understanding of the business objectives, and their translation into measurable tests, project success is not predictable or measurable. Utilities require a closed loop test process in order to ensure success.
BRIDGE’s methodical approach to developing a test strategy by our team of quality assurance experts begins with understanding business requirements, leveraging our testing methodology and modifying the plan to meet the solution.
Our test strategy approach employed at several utilities, including Northeast Utilities, ensures that there is traceability back to the business requirements, ensuring that every component is tested and meets the end to end solution, all while minimizing risks.