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Test Integration Framework for the Smart Grid Ecosystem


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According to a recent McKinsey report, grid applications and advanced metering could yield …

According to a recent McKinsey report, grid applications and advanced metering could yield
$63 billion and $9 billion respectively, mostly in the form of improved grid efficiency and reliability. With public awareness coupled with governmental regulations, utility companies are gradually increasing adoption of smart grid technologies. Download a free copy of this industry report at and learn how Symphony Teleca's unique integration framework for smart grid ecosystem can help your organization.

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  • 2. CO - C R E AT E S E R I E S: TE ST SUI TEIntroductionAccording to a recent McKinsey report*, grid applications and advanced metering could yield$ 63 billion and $9 billion respectively, mostly in the form of improved grid efficiency and reliability.With public awareness coupled with governmental regulations, utility companies are gradually increasingadoption of smart grid technologies. Their focus over the next decade will be on: 1. Improving service reliability and operational efficiency 2. Implementing smart metering 3. Developing demand response and energy efficiency programsWith ever increasing demand for information and control from customers, utilities have to apply greateremphasis on measuring and communicating benefits to their customers. This has introduced a plethoraof business critical systems to improve reliability, efficiency and transparency to customers resulting in acomplex application ecosystem.Utilities need to plan ahead and partner with key technology providers that can help define a robust andscalable information integration strategy for this ecosystem to, capture, protect, analyze and share dataeffectively in real-time, across its organization, and customers alike.The Symphony Teleca EdgeOur Energy Centre of Excellence (CoE) has a deep understanding of the various components of thiscomplex ecosystem and is specifically focused on the quality of data generated by each of these silos, andmore importantly, the integrity of data exchanged between them.Keeping in mind the complexity of such a given system, and the number of disparate moving compo-nents, we at symphony are proposing a structured phase wise adoption plan which will focus on layingthe foundation for a test framework which will encompass: the individual components of this ecosystem,the integration between them and finally the ecosystem as a whole. We propose a 12-month phasedadoption plan as below:*Source: or TELECA CORPORATION © 2012 2
  • 3. CO - C R E AT E S E R I ES: TE ST SUI TEOur phase-wise adoption plan will first establish the test suite repository for the various applications thatconstitute this ecosystem. During phase 2, we will focus on building automation framework and automat-ing the test suite from phase 1. Phase 3 will focus on inter-application integration and data integrity. Dur-ing the final phase, we will focus on validating the entirety of the ecosystem itself followed by on-fieldtrials and also performance tuning.BenefitsRegulatory complianceWith governments across the world actively inducting smart grid technology into their energy strategies,we at STC believe, it is a matter of time before smart grid regulatory standards (similar to the ISO stan-dards) will be made mandatory for utilities to comply. By adopting our structured approach to quality,utilities can preemptively gear up for forthcoming industry regulations. How? • Through standardize data exchange protocols across ecosystem applications • Eliminating data duplication across ecosystem applications • Improve data integrity across ecosystem applications • Easier maintainability of the test suite which can adopt to regulation normsCustomer outreachAs more and more utilities adopt smart grid technology, un-interrupted & reliable power supply, consis-tent & accurate customer billing and effective customer service, will be the key differentiators betweenSYMPHONY TELECA CORPORATION © 2012 3
  • 4. CO - C R E AT E S E R I E S: TE ST SUI TEindustry leaders and the rest. By adopting our structured approach to quality, utilities will set themselveson the track for leadership. How? • Exhaustively test demand response systems, distribution management systems and geographic information systems, thereby ensure un-interrupted & reliable power supply • Improve customer service by maintaining reliable, accurate and up-to-date customer information • Improve performance of the entire ecosystem as a wholeRefresh Core PracticesAs the industry progresses, management of smart grid frameworks only gets complicated. As an energyISV, you need to focus on your core competencies and not spend your time in managing non-coreactivities. Clubbed with this, it’s imperative for you to update your core competencies, save costs, upgradeyour aging workforce through automation, reduce investments on human capital and refresh your corepractices.To successfully transform energy ISVs need flexible transformation frameworks which allows one to“start anywhere” and easily tailor components to the required priority. This approach enables thefollowing • Identification of hidden barriers • Reveals new opportunities and • Accelerates a wide range of initiativesAbout Symphony TelecaSymphony Teleca Corporation, headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., is the world’s first services companydedicated exclusively to helping clients manage the global convergence of software, the cloud andconnected devices. The company delivers innovative products combined with contemporary productdevelopment, systems integration, analytics and managed services to hundreds of organizations aroundthe world. Symphony Teleca’s 6,100 employees support customers from 35 offices globally, includingdelivery centers in Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. For more information TELECA CORPORATION © 2012 4