Gain in efficiency with data exchange within the supply chain
The challenge is immense. Over the next ten to twenty years, the entire high-voltage network will be replaced. Why? As a result of the energy transition, the outdated grid simply no longer suffices. Learn how extremely efficient data sharing across the supply chain is going to help get this job done.
Data sharing needs to be smarter
Our client, as a grid operator, is responsible for a high-voltage network. This network is the most important link to ensure the security of electricity supply.
"The current grid is no longer sufficient for the energy transition we are in. We are therefore on the eve of a veritable wave of replacement of the current assets within our power grid."
The biggest challenge here is the shortage of specialists throughout the chain to do the job. You cannot simply open a can of experts, so it is vital to use the knowledge of the available domain experts more efficiently. This way you can handle much more work with the same number of specialists.
Data is used and knowledge is added in every link within the chain. Between these links, however, a lot of time is lost in searching for relevant information and checking the accuracy and completeness of data, for example. Highly efficient data exchange with all chain partners is therefore crucial to be able to handle much more work with the same number of specialists.
How do you gain in data exchange?
Make clear agreements about how data is to be delivered by chain partners. On the basis of these agreements, a contractor knows exactly what needs to be taken into account when, for example, constructing a high-voltage pylon and in what way information needs to be exchanged between the two parties.
As a result, a lot of time is saved in exchanging often very extensive and detailed information, and the number of errors in data usage is also greatly reduced.
Want to read in more detail what applications are used for this? Then read:
- Time saved by using a Reference Data Library (Reference data)
- Less manual work in exchanging requirements (Specifications)
"Our client has taken the step to organize its data management differently. The energy transition is putting pressure on the entire sector, which is precisely why the use of standards* makes sense. The company then encourages this approach among its partners as well, so that domain experts can be used more efficiently across the industry."
*Collaborate in unified ways to make information more secure, easier to exchange and more accessible to all. That is how open standards foster collaboration between government, citizens and business.
Vision, courage and strength
It requires vision, courage and strength to start organizing the method of data exchange differently. Ignoring this issue and continuing on the current footing is, of course, a lot more comfortable for the short term. However, as a company and as a chain, this does not contribute to the required efficiency in data exchange.
Our client has taken the step to organize its data management differently. The company is also encouraging this approach among its partners and is working closely with them to make it a reality. Of course, this switch will not happen overnight – several specialists are involved. Internally, a project was started to implement this new approach in data management. Part of this process is deploying the right software with respect to data management. Of course, this software must meet all the requirements that apply within the vision of this project. The chosen software for this is Laces.
Open standards and accessibility in use
When choosing Laces, two points were of decisive importance to our client. Laces is entirely based on open standards and the tools are accessible to use.
As a government organization, it is required by law to use open standards (preventing vendor lock-in). The use of open standards, also makes sense for business, and usually makes connecting third party applications more accessible. This significantly increases the chance of partners adapting this method of working and actually delivering the data in accordance with agreements. This is how you create integral collaboration within a chain, or chain integration.
Accessibility in use
For our client, it is very important for the domain experts (after all, that is where the knowledge is) to be able to use the software. The applications must be so accessible in use that there is no longer a great dependence on data and IT specialists. Thus, specialist knowledge becomes widely applicable and dependence on specific individuals becomes less and less.
With the Laces software, domain experts capture data in a standard way. This data can be exchanged through open standards thanks to the software. In this way, people are working together to get data in the chain in order.