Power couple: Accenture, Siemens team on AMI and MDM
By: SGN Staff
Quick Take: Companies such as Siemens and Accenture have literally hundreds of different marketing alliances. But this one illustrates the growing importance of analytics, and of a meter data management system as the "database of record." Sometimes when a smaller company is acquired, it disappears from view. In this case, eMeter - acquired in late 2011 by Siemens - is gaining in prominence as Siemens puts the eMeter MDMS at the core of new offerings.
We are unclear about the geopolitics of this move. Systems integrators such as Accenture are often expected to work with multiple systems for multiple vendors. Will this announcement make the ABBs, GEs and Schneiders of the world reluctant to work with Accenture because of its strong ties to Siemens? - By Jesse Berst
AMI and meter data management (MDM) solutions are the focus of a new partnership between Siemens Infrastructure & Cities and consulting and technology services firm Accenture.
"This collaboration will ultimately lead to customized smart metering solutions that can be quickly integrated into a utility's existing infrastructure. These solutions will help utilities operate their systems more efficiently, thus giving them an economic advantage over their competitors" said Thomas Zimmerman, CEO of Business Unit Services, Siemens Smart Grid Division."
The partnership, Siemens says, will help utilities manage the massive amounts of data coming through smart meters to yield more precise information on the health of their distribution systems and power consumption. The data available from smart meters is a critical component in a variety of areas, including energy efficiency, renewables integration and outage response times.
Accenture Smart Grid Services will bring consulting, systems integration and managed services for smart meter and analytic solutions while Siemens will take contribute its eMeter Energy IP meter data management platform and Analytics Foundation, as well as related professional services.
"Together, we can help utilities unlock the value of their smart metering capabilities while reducing risk as they adopt these new technologies," said Jack Azagury, managing director for Accenture Smart Grid Services.
The partners are now working with a leading Canadian utility, SaskPower, on an AMI to help the utility provide more reliable power and improved customer service.
Jesse Berst is the founder and chief analyst of Smart Grid News.com, the industry's oldest and largest smart grid site. A frequent keynoter at industry events in the U.S. and abroad, he also serves on advisory committees for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Institute for Electric Efficiency. He often provides strategic consulting to large corporations and venture-backed startups. He is a member of the advisory boards of GridGlo and Calico Energy Services.
Accenture and Siemens Providing Smart Metering Solutions for Utilities Globally
AMSTERDAM; Oct. 18, 2012 - Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Siemens Infrastructure & Cities today announced that they are working together to provide smart metering solutions to help utility companies improve the automation, planning, monitoring and diagnosis of their electric grid infrastructures.
Accenture and Siemens will specifically collaborate on Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Meter Data Management (MDM) solutions, which are designed to provide a utility with more information on its grid’s activity and help increase operational efficiencies such as improving the response time to an outage.
Accenture Smart Grid Services (ASGS) will provide consulting, systems integration and managed services for smart meter and analytics solutions. Siemens will leverage its eMeter EnergyIP Meter Data Management Platform and Analytics Foundation and corresponding professional services.
Accenture and Siemens will help utilities manage the vast amounts of data gathered through smart meters which provide detailed information on the status of their distribution systems as well as customer consumption. The increased use of smart meters, which also provide visibility and control over the distribution grid, is critical as utilities seek ways to drive energy efficiency and integrate growing amounts of renewable power from sources such as solar and wind into the power supply network.
"This collaboration will ultimately lead to customized solutions that can be quickly integrated into a utility’s existing infrastructure,” said Thomas Zimmermann, CEO of the Business Unit Services within the Siemens Smart Grid Division. "These solutions will help utilities operate their systems more efficiently, thus giving them an economic advantage over their competitors.”
"Combining Accenture’s Smart Grid capabilities, which include advanced IT expertise, and deep industry knowledge, with Siemen’s Smart Grid and Smart Metering technology as well as extensive experience in utility operations, will help utilities improve their operations by better capturing and analyzing customer data,” said Jack Azagury, managing director for Accenture Smart Grid Services. "Together, we can help utilities unlock the value of their smart metering capabilities while reducing risk as they adopt these new technologies.”
Siemens and Accenture are currently working with SaskPower, a leading Canadian utility, to help implement an advanced metering infrastructure that will help the company provide more reliable energy and better customer service.