Ireland Electricity completes stage two of £15m systems
integration programme with Parity Group
on: February 7, 2008, 4:06 am
Release Author: Parity Group
Release Summary: Parity Group project manages Northern Ireland Electricity
through integration into Single Electricity Market and the Further
Electricity Market Opening
Release Body: Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE)
has just completed the second phase of a £15 million major
systems integration programme with Parity Group.
Parity has managed the project – on time
and to budget – to meet the requirements of Further
Electricity Market Opening in Northern Ireland (FEMO) and
important elements of the All Island Single Electricity
Market (SEM). Parity Group was responsible
for managing the systems integration programme for FEMO
and Data Aggregation (for the SEM) including the
provision of project management, supplier management and contract
management expertise necessary to meet the extremely tight deadline.
Key business areas included customer care and billing and data aggregation.
around 800,000 customers in Northern Ireland, NIE
provides electricity to both domestic users and businesses
and is part of Viridian group, one of the largest businesses headquartered
in Northern Ireland. The SEM is
the flagship scheme ahead of the imminent EU-wide common energy
market. FEMO in Northern Ireland will allow domestic
consumers to choose their energy provider according to their own
needs and transfer their custom easily once suppliers have entered
the new market.
the requirements of FEMO and Data Aggregation
required NIE to ensure that its systems were able
to accommodate not only the new demands placed on it internally,
but also from its customers. Therefore, the IT systems had two distinct
requirements. Firstly, to process customers’ provider selections
and ensure any changes in service provider were accomplished smoothly.
Secondly, rationalising which utility company has supplied energy
to which customer and ensuring the
information is aggregated appropriately for billing and settlement.
role as IT consultants
specifically revolved around managing the IT
system integration and associated contract billing and relationship
management. The team defined the precise requirements of the two
strands of the project with the help of two UK-experienced consultancies
– Engage and St. Clements Services –
and then managed the contracts of three sub-contractors; Oracle,
PRI and Northgate Information Systems, who were respectively
responsible for customer care and billing, an automatic billing
aggregation system, keypad metering and legacy system evolution.
these four separate elements were completed under Parity’s
supervision, an 80-day integration test was performed to ensure
a smooth collaboration from the disparate providers, ultimately
to a successful conclusion. Parity and its partners
are now looking to re-use the skills and experience gained on this
programme in the Smart Metering area, which the Government is committed
to in order to achieve significant household carbon savings.
Atkinson, NI 2007 Programme Director at Northern Ireland Electricity
commented, “We have been very impressed with Parity’s
work on the programme delivery and training, given the tight deadline
and steep learning curve. Parity
has displayed a professional and very determined approach to delivering
their part of the overall programme. The successful completion of
this phase of development is a testament to the team’s hard
work and dedication to the task.”
Parity Group plc
is a UK-based Business and IT Technology services organisation,
delivering technical, resource and training solutions that contribute
to the business transformation and economic performance of both
private and public sector clients.
expertise in IT
project consultancy minimises business risk associated
with systems implementation, integration or business change for
its clients. As agents of change, Parity provide
the skills, competencies and concepts necessary to improve business
performance for IT enabled projects, programmes and change initiatives.
been established for over thirty years, Parity has developed deep
industry and expertise in Finance, Utilities, Telecoms and the Public
Sector delivering, people, skills and concepts for IT enabled projects
and programmes throughout the UK.
believes that better relationships deliver better results. Many
of Parity's current client relationships span more than
ten years, and include; Barclays Bank, British American Tobacco,
BT, Department for Constitutional Affairs, Department for Work and
Pensions, HBOS, Ministry of Defence, Northern Ireland Electricity,
Royal Bank of Scotland, Scottish Power, The Cabinet Office, The
Charity Commission and the NHS.
Details: PR contact:
Parity Group plc
Wimbledon Bridge House
1 Hartfield Road
+44 (0) 845 873 6942
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