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As the fourth installment in our series exploring the benefits of SaaS data collection tools for electric utilities, join us as we look at how innovative SaaS platforms significantly reduce the need for costly hardware and software maintenance and upgrades, all while offering advanced data collection features.
While offering a high degree of control and customizability, utilities that choose to develop and maintain their data collection tools become trapped in a continuous and costly cycle of software and hardware upgrades and maintenance.
With technology evolving at a breathtaking pace, in-house software quickly becomes outdated and will almost always lack advanced features found in the latest data collection tools. In a world of continuous updates, in-house solutions lag behind, affecting the quality of data collection efforts to the detriment of utility operations and service.
Hardware presents its own set of challenges. The physical equipment that supports the data collection system – such as servers, databases, and network infrastructure – first requires regular maintenance to ensure they function optimally and then needs regular upgrades to keep up with technological advancements. This ongoing cycle of maintenance and upgrades can lead to significant costs, both as expenditures for new equipment and time spent.
As electric utilities adopt new technologies or upgrade existing ones, they also need to ensure their in-house solutions remain both compatible and free from vulnerabilities, processes which expend a significant amount of time to make in-house software work safely and seamlessly with the new technology.
Beyond resource allocation, these disadvantages also directly impact data. With an in-house system, ensuring the quality and reliability of data often becomes challenging, if not downright impossible. Outdated data collection tools can result in more data input errors, lack of real-time updates, and increased downtime due to hardware or software issues – all of which threaten data quality and reliability, which in turn affects decision-making, operational efficiency, customer service, and financial performance.
Frequently enhanced and updated with new features, SaaS data collection tools provide a more dynamic approach that aligns with the data collection needs of modern electric utilities and eliminates the need for additional resources.
The key advantages of employing SaaS data collection tools include:
The shift to SaaS data collection tools kickstarts a new era of efficiency and innovation for electric utilities, replacing resource-heavy hardware and software upgrade cycles with an environment where they always have access to the most advanced, continually updated, and cost-effective software and services. Leading SaaS data collection tools like Fulcrum reduce maintenance burdens and offer a comprehensive, always-updated platform that adapts as the industry evolves, freeing up electric utilities to focus on building more robust, profitable and future-proof operations.
If you missed the first installation in our SaaS Data Collection Tools Are Best for Electric Utilities series, you can start here to catch up. Also, stay tuned for our next post to learn more about why SaaS data collection tools like Fulcrum can help optimize electric utilities operations – installment No. 5 will cover how SaaS reduces burdens on IT department..
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