A Framework to Evaluate a Functional Reference Model at a Nordic Distribution Utility
2008 (English)In: NORDAC 2008, The 8th Nordic Electricity Distribution and Asset Management Conference. Bergen, Norway. 8-9 September 2008, 2008Conference paper (Refereed)
Distribution utilities have found IT systems to be indispensable for competition in the deregulated electricity market. But in order to be highly efficient, a distribution utility ought to essentially maintain a correlation between IT systems and business processes. A Functional Reference Models (FRM) is one way to achieve this correlation.A FRM is a versatile and multidisciplinary tool that could be used to create alignment between business processes and IT-systems by describing what a “business is” and in terms of business functions that are carried out. There are many utility standards and system vendors claiming to offer complete FRMs for the utility domains. In addition, of course there exist implicit FRMs in the company in terms of existing processes and IT-systems. Thus there is a growing need among distribution utilities for a method to evaluate the quality and suitability of a FRM for a given enterprise.This paper will describe the development of a framework that has been used to evaluate the quality of a FRM in a Nordic distribution utility by benchmarking against the IEC 61968-1, UCA 2.0, IFS and Oracle FRMs for the utility domain. The framework cross reference a FRM with other FRMs to get a Coverage of all the business functions used in the utility business and eliminate vendor dependence and it analyze the strengths and weakness of the FRM and what amendments to be included. Finally it evaluates the Suitability of the FRM to the utility by aligning with the IT systems. The evaluation also helps to identify redundant IT systems and maximize the IT usage in a distribution utility. This paper concludes with a motivation to distribution utilities to adopt a FRM discussing its business values.
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Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-79838OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-79838DiVA: diva2:495738
NORDAC 2008, The 8th Nordic Electricity Distribution and Asset Management Conference. Bergen, Norway. 8-9 September 2008
QC 201205142012-02-092012-02-092016-08-16Bibliographically approved