OSI Teams with Oracle to Develop Advanced Distribution Management Systems to Support Utilities' Smart Grid Initiatives

Oct. 12, 2009
October 1, 2009, Minneapolis, MN -- Open Systems International, Inc. (OSI) today announced it will work with Oracle to develop and market advanced distribution management systems technology to support utilities' smart grid build-outs — aimed to improve ...

October 1, 2009, Minneapolis, MN -- Open Systems International, Inc. (OSI) today announced it will work with Oracle to develop and market advanced distribution management systems technology to support utilities' smart grid build-outs — aimed to improve energy delivery utilization and resilience, as well as empower consumers to address environmental concerns.

Today's emerging smart grid deployments will generate a vast amount of energy usage data and require utilities to efficiently distribute energy, as well as detect, isolate and correct faults quickly. As a member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork, OSI will work closely with Oracle to help utilities optimize energy distribution throughout the grid.

"Open Systems International and Oracle Utilities have both pioneered key transformations for utility customers. OSI's innovative history has produced sophisticated automation technologies to support smarter grids, and Oracle Utilities has renowned expertise in utility applications," said Bahman Hoveida, President and CEO, OSI. "Thanks to our relationship, utilities can now more effectively and efficiently implement innovative technologies that support their smart grid deployments.

"OSI's expertise in Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, Energy Management Systems (EMS), market management and substation automation solutions complements Oracle Utilities' proven industry experience and mission-critical software applications, including Oracle Utilities Network Management System — which helps utilities efficiently distribute power, improve network reliability and reduce outage durations. The solution operates on a common data model and integrates easily with Oracle Utilities' meter data management and customer care applications — providing utilities with a wealth of information that helps them improve network performance and customer satisfaction.

"By combining our unique strengths, Oracle Utilities and OSI are taking an important step forward in meeting today's smart grid challenges," said Quentin Grady, Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategy, Oracle Utilities Global Business Unit. "Working together, we plan to provide safe, secure and reliable distribution management systems and help utilities manage the exponential growth of data generated through smart grid programs."

About OSI

OSI (www.osii.com) provides open, state-of-the-art, and high-performance automation solutions to utilities worldwide. These solutions include Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems, Network Management Systems (NMS), Energy Management Systems (EMS), Distribution Management Systems (DMS) and Generation Management Systems (GMS), as well as individual software and hardware products and Smart Grid solutions for utility operations. OSI is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

About Oracle Utilities

Oracle Utilities delivers the proven software applications that help utilities achieve competitive advantage, business performance excellence and a lower total cost of technology ownership. Oracle Utilities integrates industry-specific customer care and billing, network management, work and asset management, mobile workforce management and meter data management applications with the capabilities of Oracle's industry-leading enterprise applications, business intelligence tools, middleware and database technologies. Oracle Utilities enables its customers to adapt more nimbly to market deregulation, meet ever-evolving customer demands, and deliver on commitments to environmental conservation. For more information, visit http://www.oracle.com/industries/utilities.

About the Oracle PartnerNetwork

Oracle PartnerNetwork is a global business network of more than 20,000 companies who deliver innovative software solutions based on Oracle software. Through access to Oracle's premier products, education, technical services, marketing and sales support, the Oracle PartnerNetwork program provides partners with the resources they need to be successful in today's global economy. Oracle partners are able to offer their customers leading-edge solutions backed by Oracle's position as the world's largest enterprise software company. Partners who are able to demonstrate superior product knowledge, technical expertise and a commitment to doing business with Oracle qualify for the Certified Partner levels. http://oraclepartnernetwork.oracle.com

About the Author

Amy Fischbach | Field Editor

Amy Fischbach is the field editor for the Electric Utility Operations section of Transmission & Distribution World. She worked for Prism Business Media (now Penton) for eight years, most recently as the managing editor of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro magazine. She is now working as a freelance writer and editor for B2B magazines. Amy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. She serves as the national vice president of the American Society of Business Publication Editors. She can be reached at [email protected].

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