New White Paper From Leading Global Market Intelligence Firm Advocates Energy Investment Lifecycle Management (ILM)

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Research Based on Interviews with European and North American Utility and Power Producer Executives Analyzes Issues and Potential Solutions to Digitization Challenge

Kevin Prouty, VP of Research for IDC Energy Insights

As the leading cloud provider of Energy ILM solutions, the IDC study has reaffirmed the critical need for a purpose-built and end-to-end cloud solution that will give power developers and operators what I call an ability-to-execute advantage

IDC Energy Insights published a new white paper this month, sponsored by Mercatus, entitled Investment Lifecycle Management (ILM): The Power Producer Digitization Imperative.

The white paper concludes that a new category of cloud technology solutions (Energy ILM) has emerged to support the technology and change management requirements of digital transformation initiatives. Many energy companies are embarking on digital transformation initiatives in order to adapt their business models to better compete in an industry that is transforming from a focus on centralized conventional sources of power generation to more distributed and renewable sources.

“This will require a commensurate shift in how IT is leveraged to respond to this opportunity before it becomes an existential threat,” says Kevin Prouty, VP of Research for IDC Energy Insights. “For most energy producers, the existing infrastructure is characterized by disconnected, labor-intensive processes that create numerous information silos. Ultimately, this results in slow, suboptimal workflow with error-prone decision making. More specifically, this leads to significant risk not only in getting the forecasted return on the asset investment, but also in compliance during acquisition, asset construction, asset start-up, operations, and asset disposal.”

“As the leading cloud provider of Energy ILM solutions, the IDC study has reaffirmed the critical need for a purpose-built and end-to-end cloud solution that will give power developers and operators what I call an ability-to-execute advantage,” said Mercatus co-founder and CEO Haresh Patel. “ILM digitizes and automates the investment lifecycle end-to-end starting with project origination through asset operations and maintenance. This increases company agility and operational efficiency which is critical in a higher volume and higher velocity distributed energy world.”

After offering a review and summary of investment management technology options, Prouty conclusion is consistent with Patel’s assessment. “The sheer volume of projects, combined with the accelerating pace of asset development and delivery, requires massive improvements to data visibility, process integration, collaboration, and decision support,” writes Prouty. “The real solution is a dedicated energy ILM system that layers on top of your investment business process and is designed specifically for the energy asset investment business.”

IDC will be hosting an executive roundtable entitled “Digitize or Die – The Role of Energy Investment Lifecycle Management” at its upcoming IDC Pan-European Utilities Executive Summit in Lisbon, March 20-21, 2017.

Click here to read the white paper.

About Mercatus
Mercatus Investment Lifecycle Management or ILM digitally transforms how energy producers invest and operate to accelerate the return on their project investment and asset portfolio. We do so by empowering stakeholders with collaborative Cloud analytic technology that integrates the information and processes needed to optimally manage the complete energy investment lifecycle. The benefits to our clients are unparalleled data visibility and integrity; speed and operational efficiency via enhanced collaboration and productivity; and insight via analytics to improve decision quality and better manage risk and compliance. And, Mercatus ILM is the only Cloud-based, end-to-end solution that is purpose-built for the energy industry.

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