Design of a smart grid program includes developing a business case, designing the overall solution architecture, understanding the key business processes, and securing approvals to implement. VASS Solutions helps its Clients with each element of the smart grid design process.
A business case captures the key quantifiable benefits and the total costs of solution implementation. Benefits exist utility wide and include customer service, distribution operations, and corporate services. Costs include the internal and external capital costs of implementation as well as the ongoing operational (O&M) costs incurred over the lifecycle of the solution.
The architecture of the solution encapsulates the applications and integrations necessary to execute the smart grid program. Understanding this architecture as a key part of the program design that ensures an accurate understanding of program costs, we leverage standards where possible and feasible. This architecture is incorporated into the vendor procurement process and ensures a common understanding of the plan.
Business processes change and organization transformation are critical to successful smart grid program implementations. Understanding these changes lays the foundation for change management and helps further understand the total cost of program implementation.
The net of benefits and costs produces a business case. Clients must secure corporate and, sometimes, regulatory approvals to proceed with program implementation. VASS Solutions provides its Clients with the tools to present its business case and helps its Clients navigate the internal and external approval processes.