A Recipe for Preparing for the Utility Network

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    As I’m sure you’ve heard, the Utility Network is on the horizon and will enable utilities to improve their business in different ways via a more modern architecture. At this point you’re probably looking for more information about what it will take to get there. Well, the data and underlying network model is just one part of the equation, and there are many other factors to consider as part of the decision to move to a this new technology – so let’s review a quick checklist for getting there.




    checkbox.pngA New Desktop Experience

    What about ArcGIS Pro? Have you tried the new professional desktop application from Esri? How do you like the new ribbon-based user interface? The first consumer of the Utility Network is ArcGIS Pro and it will be required for consuming and editing the Utility Network at the first release.  What are your plans to get acquainted with ArcGIS Pro?


    checkbox.pngReports and Customizations

    What about the reports that you have that people generate either ad-hoc or for regulatory purposes? What about the customizations that you’ve built over the years in Desktop, Web or Mobile? What about that custom locator tool that your users utilize on a daily basis and would absolutely die without?  Where will these items reside in the new environment?  Do I still need them?  Are they now part of the out-of-the-box experience, or do gaps remain that will require you to rebuild them?


    checkbox.pngData Quality and Autoupdaters

    Data quality and validity is also a critical part of the equation. Most utility customers have custom autoupdaters in place that automate business processes and ensure GIS data completeness and accuracy. There’s a new scripting language called Arcade (https://developers.arcgis.com/arcade/) which will be used to write cross-platform Attribute Rules on the Utility Network and is the replacement for the autoupdater framework as it is today. How do those critical custom autoupdaters that you have convert to this new language?  Will they migrate automatically?  Do I need to rewrite them?  Do I still need them?  Who can help me with this?


    What about the systems that are integrated to GIS? Think about how many of your other mission critical systems rely on GIS data to operate – Customer Information (CIS), Work Management (WMS), Outage Management (OMS), Engineering Analysis (EA), Document Management Systems, Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS) and many others. These systems have integrations built against your GIS data model as it exists today and rely on the data being accurate and ready for consumption as-is.


    Every single one of these items and applications will need to be revisited and perhaps even rebuilt as part of the migration to the Utility Network. That’s not exaggerating – it’s simply the reality of moving to this modern platform.




    Here at Schneider Electric we understand the utility and telecom business, and we aim to help you move at your own pace to this new network model through a phased approach. It’s unrealistic to think that you’ll be able to (or need to) reconstruct every GIS-based integration, customization and report while retraining all of your users in a single project. Well, the ArcFM Solution XI Series is your answer.


    Does your organization need a new mobile application to more easily get data out to your crews? What about a new design tool that can be used in the field? Or a new web experience that’s based on HTML5 and can be used on any device? The ArcFM Solution XI Series allows you to adopt new technology now that works with what you have today, the Geometric Network, but prepares you for the future by also supporting the new Utility Network model when you’re ready to adopt it.


    Interested in learning more about the ArcFM Solution XI Series? Reach out to your Schneider Electric Account Manager or visit exchangeArcFM Solution XI Series