Beyond the technical aspects, OutSystems Platform was a resounding financial success as well, with E.ON Benelux saving €1,850,000 each year by avoiding billing errors, providing a more reliable portfolio and optimizing the company’s gas resources and services.
Agile fit: Combining OutSystems Platform and Methodology allowed prioritizing features according to business needs, and to quickly deliver “first things first”. Business users are involved in all project phases, ensuring that the end result really serves the business. The EMS has been running non-stop for 4 years, with a 100% adoption rate;
SOA fit: With OutSystems Platform, software assets become building blocks that are reused in other applications, setting the focus on assembly rather than implementation. Components are used internally to create new applications and externally to integrate with other systems. Web Services are natively supported;
Built-to-Change: all OutSystems applications are built for continuous change, keeping IT aligned with the business. The EMS has been adapted over time to reflect changing requirement and is currently in its fourth version;
Built-to-Integrate: The integration capabilities of OutSystems Platform minimize the risk of integrating with a large set of very specific and closed legacy systems. The EMS was quickly integrated with: ELIA, Regulator, RTE, KW3000, EnergyICT, Gasunie, SCADA, and using XML, EDI, Secure Connection (SMIME), and Screen Scraping;
1.8 millionestimated ROI
4 runningwith continuous improvements
7 integrationswith legacy systems
Estimated ROI of €1,850,000 considering:
- Reduction of imbalance costs;
- Gas portfolio optimization;
- Billing errors avoided (by tracking customers switches);
- Admit the possibility on a sensitive Electricity and Gas intraday market profit;
- Profit increase by a more reliable portfolio overview for hedging purposes.