CenterPoint Energy picks Accenture, SAP analytics solutions for Internet of things

Accenture and SAP SE have been selected by CenterPoint Energy to design, test and implement an asset analytics solution that supports CenterPoint Energy’s strategy of integrating information technology with operational technology. This will help improve management and maintenance of its transmission and distribution assets.

The announcement was made at CeBIT 2015, being held in Hannover, Germany, from March 16-20.

Developed by the Accenture and SAP Business Solutions Group, the IT-OT Integration Solution by Accenture and SAP for utilities is designed to combine business data with sensor data, as well as external data feeds to manage the unified data model on the scalable SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

“The advent of the Industrial Internet of Things means that our organization is generating enormous amounts of data ranging from our enterprise, operations, customer and control systems, right through to specific assets,” said Gary Hayes, CIO and SVP from CenterPoint Energy. “We selected Accenture and SAP to help us harness this data to generate operational and cost benefits for our business, based on their experience in transmission and distribution services and their successful history in teaming on innovative digital projects.”

CenterPoint Energy is establishing SAP HANA as a core component of its technology platform to bring together enterprise and operational data. Accenture will manage the project using its industry knowledge and business process experience in the utilities domain and providing asset analytic guidance, testing, development and systems integration services. SAP intends to develop the platform utilizing the SAP HANA platform and a prototype asset health application.

As Accenture and SAP are further enhancing their joint efforts to build industry solutions in the Internet of Things space, the IT-OT Integration Solution is also being developed for other asset-heavy industries. Furthermore, additional solutions are under development for other industries, such as industrial equipment and automotive.

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