When you have multiple developers working on a project, bugs can be hard to pin down. When was the bug introduced? Whose code was it? Did our merge introduce issues? Tracking down these kind of questions gets increasingly complicated – and costly – as you add more collaborators.
The United States electric grid is a network of transmission and distribution lines, substations, transformers, and devices that deliver alternating current electricity from power generation sources (coal, nuclear, hydroelectric, wind, solar, biomass, and natural gas generation plants) to homes and businesses. Development of the infrastructure and power grid was one of the great electrical engineering achievements of the 20th century. However, increasing power demands and increasing system complexity require major improvements to meet the requirements of the 21st century. Electrical power consumption in the United States has increased from 330M kWh in 1950 to over 4100M kWh in 2014.
Big Dataa Big Deal
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It is an exciting time for Energy Delivery Systems. Industry investment in smart grid and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) are fueling advances in systems that store, process and manage data. Security protection standards (most notably those of the North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) program) are changing the way Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems are integrated and supported. In addition, growing feature sets for Outage/Distribution Management and Mobile Workforce systems are enhancing the usefulness of these tools.
Success in this climate requires more from today’s IT project and support teams. Increased regulation requires stringent process definition and more exacting system configuration. Systems are becoming increasingly sensitive to changes introduced through interfaces and data maintenance changes. Simply put, there is less room for error. Couple these factors with the integration challenges of third party provided systems and it’s enough to make one’s head spin!