Leading Texas electric and water utilities began their digital transformation journey on a different path.
They recognized the cost of compute would continue to rise one day becoming economically unsustainable.
They understood they could not continue hiring armies of outside programmers to deliver new apps.
They recognized ever-growing data centers would continue to consume massive power, so they chose to build green apps which replaced 3090 processes with compute infrastructures using the wattage of a table lamp.
These utilities recognized the need to radically alter how they performed rate planning.
Rather than spending millions of dollars for consultants – once a year to create a few rate structures – perhaps there was a better way. They chose, instead, to build an interactive rate planning system – measuring every potential rate – against every current customer’s bill – going back 10 years!
They built an interactive rate structure – where any customer could evaluate any rate and determine, from their phone, if that rate were optimal.
These utilities recognized electric vehicles would place a surprising, unpredictable load on the power grid. Service transformers could be overloaded.
Without any hardware at the service transformer level, they created an artificial intelligence app measuring – real time – the load on every transformer, 24/7, predicting overloads – saving millions of dollars in blown transformer costs.
Like many other electric utilities, these utilities use the Oracle CC&B billing system.
Nobody wants to change their billing system – the risks are overwhelming.
These utilities could not meet Key Customer service demands with the constraints of CC&B.
Unlike other utilities, they chose a different path.
They chose to build a parallel billing system – for a tiny fraction of what a CC&B implementation would be – it cost less than the CC&B maintenance. The parallel billing system delivered surprising outcomes.
Incorrect bills disappeared. When two billing systems, written in different code bases – agree on a bill, it is correct – send it out.
Where they disagree – the bill is corrected before it ever surprises a customer.
For the first time, major account reps could access the billing system real time – with a customer on the phone – resolving issues. New development – too risky and expensive to build into the CC&B system – was added to the parallel billing system.
Utilities gained the visibility into their largest customers. A major REIT, with scores of entities operating under different names was consolidated into a single view – now recognized as one of their largest users.
Any application that operated in the CLOUD could be rewritten, would then run literally 1,000 to a million times faster at a fraction of the cloud cost. Cloud costs would no longer be unpredictable and burdensome.
New compute – new development – was delivered in days rather than months or years. The cost of a new app, like the transformer AI load forecasting system – was delivered in a few weeks at a nominal cost.
These utilities took a different path using Fractal technology.
Fractal is a new technology stack bypassing the cumbersome, power hungry current tech stack that Gartner Group predicted is obsolete.
Fractal technology is described on our corporate web site FractalWeb.App.
The Fractal Utility site presents the story of Fractal, its pioneering use by leading edge electric and water utilities, and their transformative results.
Our customers require applications of the future – delivered in 90 day increments – at low costs. The armies of outside consultants need to disappear with their costs.
Our utility customers will tell you that Fractal is disruptive, but in a good way.
Any legacy app can be re-built in Fractals in about 90 days.
Then, it runs in parallel with the current system. There is no risk. Development costs are a fraction of what utilities pay today.
When a utility is comfortable, the legacy app, and its costly maintenance – can be laid to rest.
Join us here and learn how Fractal is implemented at major utilities to reduce IT costs 50% or more while achieving true, measurable digital transformation as a Fractal utility. Every application – regardless of the size or complexity – delivered into production – fully functional in 90 days – or less.