Renewable energy sources are shifting the economic and geographic dimensions of production, distribution, and consumption. Traditional energy sources are more abundant than ever. Water and wastewater utilities cope with the contradictory demands of conservation and increased demand. If there ever was a time for technology to be of service to the public and private Utilities of the world, it is now.
CIO Magazine recently assembled a team of prominent CEOs, CIOs, CMOs, VCs, and analysts, along with the CIO Magazine editorial board, to evaluate Utility technology solution providers. They came up with a list of the “most promising utility technology solution providers.” Synergis Software made the list for Adept, the workgroup and enterprise solution for managing complex engineering information.
Companies that made the list were evaluated for a variety of capabilities; finalists were examined more closely for “value for money and the ability to customize the products to organizational needs.” CIO Magazine said it chose Synergis for its depth of experience and breadth of engineering data management capabilities. The magazine cited Adept for its ability to “help Utility companies rise about the chaos of managing complex engineering information across the Utility sector.”
CIO Magazine noted how South Carolina Electric & Gas was struggling with the challenges of managing its paper-based design workflow, and how it lacked an efficient process to find and manage drawing information. After implementing Adept and learning to use it powerful search capabilities, SCE&G says it was able to increase productivity tenfold while experiencing “a positive impact on their workflow processes.”
The central repository approach used in Adept was also cited as a reason for being named a “Most Promising” solution. Adept “supports knowledge capture in a single repository with a single user interface, ensuring a single version of accurate data so the client could see the latest version of the data every time.”
The magazine also notes the “overall quality [Adept] brings to the organization. Stakeholders are assured of the quality and reliability of the information with which they are working.” It also notes the next release of Adept, coming in 2016, “will include new technologies that will deliver greater scalability and easier ways to interoperate with other business systems.”
Randall S. Newton is the principal analyst and managing director at Consilia Vektor, a consulting firm serving the engineering software industry. He has been directly involved in engineering software in a number of roles since 1985.