SPOKANE, WA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — March 1, 2007 – Itron Inc. has formed a development partnership with SAP® AG to offer a complete, pre-integrated solution for the collection, management, analysis, billing, and customer service for multiple vendors’ smart metering/advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems. SAP has 33 per cent of the market share of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and 65 per cent for CIS solutions for utilities outside of the U.S. as well as nearly 20 per cent domestically.
Itron will provide the technical integration with AMI/smart meter systems and deliver commercial-ready meter data and key analytic tools to SAP applications. SAP will provide financial, billing, customer service and related commercial processes such as market messaging integration, energy settlement and enterprise asset management.
This solution will solve the many systems challenges posed by smart metering systems, such as the operation of multiple vendor collection systems, large volumes of interval data, remote disconnect/reconnect, on-demand reads, complex billing calculations, and asset management. The approach will utilize web services integration between Itron’s meter data management product (Itron Enterprise Edition) and the energy data management, customer relationship and billing, market messaging, and asset management capabilities of SAP applications.
The partnership will allow seamless access to metering devices regardless of the technology and end-to-end integration of technical and commercial business processes within the utilities industry. SAP customers will receive a best-in-class solution to a key utility problem. In addition, the solution will help the customer cover all processes from the meter to the backend system.
“This relationship represents a long-term commitment by SAP and Itron to synchronize our product road maps and deliver a true end-to-end business process solution,” said Philip Mezey, senior vice president and COO for Itron domestic operations. “We will be able to combine our knowledge applications to bring forecasting, fraud detection and distribution asset analysis to the table. This is smart thinking and a smart approach to AMI and smart metering and we couldn’t be more pleased to team with SAP.”