Energias de Portugal (EDP), the principal shareholder of EDP Renewables North America, wanted to modernize its outdated payments collection software without affecting its financial operations. Using OutSystems, EDP built a brand new core system from scratch adapted to its business needs. The result? More control over the operations, fewer errors, and better customer experience.
6 billion euros processed
0 operational interruptions
The Rise of the Digital World and the New Demanding Customers
Challenge - Over the past 42 years, EDP has been bringing electricity and gas to homes across the world. As the world’s fourth-largest wind energy producer and one of the major energy operators in Europe, EDP deals with an average of 55 million transactions every year, the equivalent to 6 billion euros. In other words, there was no room for error.
However, the majority of these transactions was processed through a legacy collection system that connected the several collection apps from different business units in EDP. And as the years went by, this system was becoming outdated.
Before, banking transfers, checks, ATMs, and credit were the primary methods of payment, but now, with the emergence of new technologies, customers wanted to be able to pay online and through their smartphones.
But adding new payment methods to the old collection app wasn’t an easy process. The system didn’t allow the agility required to do it quickly, consuming too much time and resources. In addition to that, the old application didn’t grant much control over financial operations. So, whenever there was a problem with a payment, for example, EDP only found out after complaints from the customers, leading to poor customer experience. It was time for a transformation.
Given the size and volume of operations EDP has to deal with daily, revamping this core system was a delicate process. On the one hand, it needed to be done fast as time-to-market was an essential requirement. On the other, there was a considerable risk that if something wasn’t implemented properly, it could cost the company a lot of money and even impact the customer experience.
Building a New Collection App From Scratch
Solution - The new system had to fulfill a few requirements:
- Decrease the time-to-market of new functionalities. With all the new possibilities of payment, EDP wanted to have the freedom and agility to add new features easily and accelerate their implementation.
- Increase control. As a leading company, EDP wanted to have a more preventive approach opposed to the reactive one that their previous lack of control allowed. For that reason, the new app should give EDP the power to capture and solve problems before they impact its customers.
- Improve the user experience. EDP has over 200 agents spread across the country to perform collections, and they were used to an old, difficult-to-use app. The new version needed to offer a friendly UX to simplify the adoption and the overall usage of the system.
EDP started by looking for an off-the-shelf solution that fulfilled those characteristics, but when it didn’t find it, the company decided to build it from scratch.