SAIC supports NRECA on utility IT architecture

Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) along with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Cooperative Research Network, is developing a guide for cooperatives to use in establishing their information technology (IT) strategy for the smart grid.

The guide, “Next Generation Utility IT Architecture,” includes an assessment of smart grid requirements, a survey of varying approaches and implementation direction.


Next Generation Utility IT Architecture is designed to provide a multidimensional view of leading-edge technologies, utility best-practices, associated components of smart grid, and a foundation for evolving long-term IT strategies. It aims to be the “gold standard” reference architecture for NRECA member cooperatives.

This study will provide an NRECA smart grid technology roadmap by turning big data, virtual computing, and required future analytics into useful, qualitative insights and recommendations. Further, the guide will offer cooperatives recommended actions in addition to pitfalls to avoid as well as identify gaps and goals related to strategy development; infrastructure design; and system integration, automation, and analysis.

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