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Utility Sees Power in Advanced Analytics
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Re: Mergers and data
  • 10/23/2013 1:26:30 PM
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They'll need lots of patience, and be able to prioritize which integration work needs to be done when... and understand what that means from a data management perspective. I'm sure at times it'll be overwhelming, aggravating, but, hopefully at the end, gratifying.

Re: Mergers and data
  • 10/22/2013 8:34:52 PM
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I agree. Even the fact that they have started organizing their data is a good step in the right direction. It is going to be really difficult if as you say they have such a wide variety of data.

Data consistency
  • 10/22/2013 2:45:42 PM
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Sounds like rendering data with consistent quality and in a consistent format is part of the problem, now complicated because of the merger. The U.S. transit industry has long has similar problems, making it difficult to adequately assess the success or effectiveness of operations, new projects, etc.

This would be an especially acute problem within a single company or organization, especially one with lots of different divisions doing different things.

 

Re: Mergers and data
  • 10/22/2013 9:03:20 AM
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I do believe in this case NU comprises not only the merged NSTAR entity but other systems it's picked up over the years. So it sounds like there's a ton of integration work to be done at the system level, as well as with people and processes. I see it as a great sign, though, that the company seems to understand that underlying all this work must be a focus on performance management, measurement, and advanced analytics. Without those the future could be pretty limited, no matter how big the utility has gotten. 

Re: Mergers and data
  • 10/22/2013 8:40:19 AM
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The slicing and dicing is where it gets messy. Trying to find just what is the important factors and what's to spend less time on is where things can get bogged down. Now, if analytics could only be autimated to see where the 80/20 split should be! And just how to merge the data most efficiently gaining the most effectiveness.

Mergers and data
  • 10/22/2013 12:08:13 AM
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Mergers brings with it its own problems. There are many advantages involved like cost cutting and integrating. But like in this instance the extra data that needs to be handled is creating additional work. However, the systems available through SAS was not there earlier so that is a big advantage. The initial sorting and programming will be a hassle. But once everything is in place hopefully a flip in the 80-20 can happen, with 80 percent of the time available for analyzing the data.



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