Quick Take: Following the lead of companies such as Itron, GE and Cisco, Siemens has announced it intends to be a major player in smart grid software. I think the best overall analysis comes from Greentech Media in an article entitled "Siemens Makes Claim as Smart Grid Software Kingpin." I've summarized some key points below. - By Jesse Berst
Siemens is already a giant in smart grid hardware. Although it has flagship custom software installations, it has been a laggard in cloud-based solutions and other "packaged" offerings. Now it wants to add its name to the list of software titans.
At a San Francisco conference, the company has been touting its progress:
- Its eMeter acquisition has become a core part of the software vision
- It now has a simplified IT architecture (about time!) with two aspects, one for IT (information technology) via eMeter and one for OT (operational technology) via Siemens' SCADA line. I confess that I think Microsoft has a better vision -- namely, a single platform for both IT and OT to create an "integrated utility"
- The IT layer is a true development platform, not just an integration layer
- It is partnering with Teradata and others to improve its analytics
- It has spent the last 18 months pulling together all the smart grid teams within the company. Next up is an effort to integrate with Siemens' building technologies.
Jesse Berst is the founder and Chief Analyst of SGN and Chairman of the Smart Cities Council, an industry coalition.