Silos make for great photos. As components of a functioning electrical utility, they make no sense at all.
If the different departments of your operation create and manage data that helps them do their jobs, that’s great. But if that data doesn’t flow quickly and easily to other departments, your people are wasting time – hunting through hard copy, asking other departments to dig the numbers out of their data, waiting for it to arrive, plugging it in to a bid or work order.
That’s where TerraSpatial Technologies can help, with software tools that talk to each other.
“Oh, sure,” you’re thinking. “Only after weeks of cumbersome installation and patchwork solutions.”
Nope. Right out of the box.
You may have met Dennis Bednarski here previously. For years, he was general manager at Oconomowoc Utilities in Wisconsin. His team served 10,000 electric and 8,000 water meters.
For the last 16 years of his time there, Oconomowoc used unified plant management software from TerraSpatial Technologies. He says the main benefit of TerraSpatial software was that it let him manage with timely, accurate numbers. No more hunches, no more guessing. He liked the software because it includes:
- an inventory control system
- that marries to a design system
- that marries to a mapping system
- that marries to an accounting system
And, at the end of the day, because all those systems speak the same language, and share information, and, as we all know, shared data is useful data.
Tom Bushman of Two Rivers Water & Light, another longtime user of TST software, says software that flows information between all functional areas helps foster greater accuracy, and accurate numbers are reliable numbers.
He mentions inventory management as one area of benefit:
“When everybody is bringing up the same spreadsheet, and looking at the same numbers, it seems to have improved our ability to cut down on the inventory we carry,” Bushman says.
“We can see what items we use a lot of, and what we don’t, and how often we use them,and determine if we need to order enough to cover five years — or one year. There’s a carrying cost to storing parts for four years, so if we order what we need for the short term, we avoid those long-term storage and accounting costs.”