CenterPoint Energy to Use Asset Analytics Solution to Take Advantage of Internet of Things

May 14, 2015
Solution will support company’s integration of information technology with operational technology

Accenture and SAP SE have been selected by CenterPoint Energy to design, test and implement an asset analytics solution that supports CenterPoint Energy’s strategy of integrating information technology (IT) with operational technology (OT). This will help improve management and maintenance of its transmission and distribution assets.

Developed by the Accenture and SAP Business Solutions Group, the IT-OT Integration Solution by Accenture and SAP for utilities is designed to combine business data (IT) with sensor data (OT), as well as external data feeds to manage the unified data model on the scalable SAP HANA® Cloud Platform.

“The advent of the Industrial Internet of Things means that our organization is generating enormous amounts of data ranging from our enterprise, operations, customer and control systems, right through to specific assets,” said Gary Hayes, CIO and SVP from CenterPoint Energy. “We selected Accenture and SAP to help us harness this data to generate operational and cost benefits for our business, based on their experience in transmission and distribution services and their successful history in teaming on innovative digital projects.”

CenterPoint Energy is establishing SAP HANA as a core component of its technology platform to bring together enterprise and operational data. Accenture will manage the project using its industry knowledge and business process experience in the utilities domain and providing asset analytic guidance, testing, development and systems integration services. SAP intends to develop the platform utilizing the SAP HANA platform and a prototype asset health application.

“With deeper insight into its asset base through analytics, CenterPoint Energy would be able to enhance its decision making capability. This would allow the company to further reduce asset risk and increase the efficiency of capital and operations and maintenance spending,” said Kathy Sanders, Accenture Utilities West Market Lead. “Given the potential for adverse weather events in the Houston area, reliability is a critical issue for clients. This initiative will help CenterPoint Energy target its planned asset replacements in key areas. In addition, the solution would address industry-wide needs, harnessing digital technology and the power of the SAP HANA platform to improve the management of the transmission and distribution network.”

“With the launch of the Accenture and SAP Business Solutions Group, we’ve made major strides in establishing the next-generation platform for combining business and sensor data onto the SAP HANA platform, which can benefit numerous asset-heavy industries,” said Henry Bailey, global vice president, Utilities, SAP. “In particular, the IT-OT Integration Solution for utilities integrates grid operations and business information to repair, maintain and optimize critical infrastructure assets in a safe and secure manner.”

As Accenture and SAP are further enhancing their joint efforts to build industry solutions in the Internet of Things space, the IT-OT Integration Solution is also being developed for other asset-heavy industries. Furthermore, additional solutions are under development for other industries, such as industrial equipment and automotive.

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