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April 6, 2009

Cordys, Powel team for smart grid metering

Partnership promises better control for energy sector

By Jason Stamper

Business process management (BPM) maven Cordys has partnered with Powel, to offer a BPM framework on top of Powel’s Smart Metering and Smart Grid offerings aimed at energy companies.

Under the agreement Powel will embed Cordys’ SOA-based BPM platform into its software suite. Powel said the added functionality will mean that energy companies can automate work processes quickly, monitor activities in real time, and integrate legacy systems to create a scalable and highly agile business operations platform.

The platform offers a comprehensive set of business processes, including Meter Management, Meter Data Management, Workflow and Dashboards, with application integration capabilities for CRM, ERP and Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Powel said.

“As demand on Smart Metering infrastructure increases, so does the demand on the business processes that support it,” said Frode Solem, Powel’s VP of Smart Metering solutions. “Combined with the embedded business process management functionality from Cordys, our Smart Metering Suite will enable our customers not only to deploy an advanced Smart Metering infrastructure, but it will also give them the opportunity to design, execute, monitor and change automated business processes quickly and frequently. This will undoubtedly drive real competitive advantage to our customers as the market evolves.”

Powel is currently responsible for controlling and reading more than one million smart energy meters throughout Scandinavia.

“Responding to high customer expectations, frequently changing legislation, new compliancy rules, and unforeseen market conditions is all about speed of change and process innovation,” said Jon Pyke, chief strategy officer, Cordys. “The embedded Cordys functionality within Powel’s industry leading Smart Metering solution will enable customers to increase operational efficiency and productivity as well as drive cost savings. We are excited to have been chosen to help Powel bring this offering to the energy sector.”

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