New Oracle technology to help utilities improve asset management

Oracle Utilities has officially announced the availability of Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Management 2.1 to help entities better leverage assets and their data for mission-critical activities including investment planning, enterprise business management, and risk reduction.

May 14, 2015 -- Oracle Utilities, a provider of solutions to improve reliability, service and safety for electricity, natural gas and water utilities, has officially announced the availability of Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Management 2.1 (OUWAM) to help these entities better leverage assets and their data for mission-critical activities including investment planning, enterprise business management, and risk reduction. This new release puts the software on the same technology framework as the company's other utility-specific applications, offering a modern, unified asset management solution that makes it easier for businesses to address customer service and operational challenges.

As data continues to cross organizational silos and influence how consumers make energy choices, OUWAM offers utilities a new, proactive way to increase their capacity for enterprise process management and customer service. The upgraded solution provides an embedded analytics feature that helps utilities automate data-based tasks and continually improve work planning and scheduling to get more done with fewer resources. The interface can also be personalized based on job role to help accelerate productivity.

As a single system for centralizing and sharing data for every asset, OUWAM helps utilities make better decisions about where and when to invest capital and human resources, reduce costs by extending the value of existing investments, and ensure that best practices are applied at work while also addressing regulatory requirements and customer expectations for service, safety, and the environment. For example, a vice president of operations who needs to understand where to invest in the grid can now have all necessary data centralized in an easy-to-view and easy-to-understand format and be able to determine how capital should be spent.

OUWAM also helps utilities better identify and reduce risk for workers and the community through a suite of real-time analytics that prevent failure, monitor conditions, and determine optimized maintenance strategies. For example, the upgraded solution includes condition-based scoring to better manage risk and uses the new interface to provide easier visibility. With this type of scoring, utilities can consider multiple variables to determine health on an asset-specific basis. They can also continually update the score to reflect any changes to conditions, such as maintenance being performed. Through storage and recall of the asset health score, utilities can now understand risk in real time all the time, improving the effectiveness of repair-or-replace decisions.

Because it is built using advanced protocols and application development tools, the solution is easy to enhance without having to customize or compromise upgradability. In addition, its integration with Oracle's enterprise layer of utility solutions enables customers with multiple Oracle Utilities products to more readily share information across applications to streamline operations. They can also use the same skill set to manage multiple Oracle systems, reducing the cost and resources required to support business processes.

See also:

"Automation Aids Water Utilities' Asset Management Abilities"

"Oracle: Asset management software"

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