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Alectra Utilities Looks to the Cloud to Scale Program Management After Merger

Organizations around the world are moving critical business functions to the cloud to improve operational efficiency and project delivery. One such enterprise is Alectra Utilities Corp., which was formed by the 2017 merger of four energy companies and now ranks as the second-largest municipally owned electric utility in North America. The Canadian utility relies on Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management running in Oracle’s cloud environment to manage its enterprise project portfolio management activities.

Zoran Dabic, Alectra’s director of program delivery, discussed the benefits his organization realizes from using Primavera P6 EPPM in the cloud during a presentation at the recent Oracle Industry Connect 2017. Dabic’s full presentation is now available on demand.

In the run up to the merger, Alectra’s leadership realized they’d be seeing a dramatic increase in projects - from about 500 to more than 2,000 per year - after the combination. They also understood that the combined organization’s internal IT wouldn’t have the resources to deploy and manage a traditional on-premise EPPM solution that could serve the larger user base.

Alectra's Zoran Dabic discusses how Primavera P6 EPPM helps the utility improve program management

Using Primavera P6 EPPM in the cloud offered a range of benefits that would address these and other challenges. To handle the increased demands on Alectra’s project controls office, the cloud solution offered new capabilities, such as P6 Team Member for mobile devices and Primavera Analytics for advanced program management. Alectra staff simply turn on these capabilities as needed in the cloud, rather than having to implement them over several months, as would have been the case with an on-premise solution, Dabic says.

Enhanced analytics has been one of the biggest payoffs from moving to Primavera P6 EPPM in the cloud, he reports. Financial managers can now better utilize assets thanks to a clearer understanding of how many projects are in the pipeline and their status. In addition, supply chain managers can ensure they have the right parts in the right places at the right times, which reduces inventory costs.

“Analytics takes the application to the next level and provides substantial incremental value,” Dabic says. “For us going into a large merger, that tool alone really brought this solution to the forefront for us.”

View the complete on-demand webcast to learn more about how Alectra has been able to scale its program management and explore the other benefits it has realized from the cloud.

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