Siemens Energy is a global force in power generation and transmission, renewable energy, and more. Its Power Transmission business unit manufactures and supplies thousands of energy network components to a customer base that spans the world.
The Transmission unit has 36 geographically distributed factories producing everything a power network needs to function effectively — earthing switches, coils, circuit breakers, and more. This creates a huge amount of production, logistics management, and financial data and, to complicate matters, each factory has its own database to store information.
But the business unit’s data sources don’t end there; Tim Kessler, Business Unit Program Lead for Digitalization in Production and Processes, leads a community which also needs to pull information from sources such as SAP, Salesforce and Amazon Web Services. This complexity lead to a major data management challenge, which prevented the organization from drawing the full value from its data.
“There was no data analytics. It was just crunching data,” says Kessler. “We were tied up in spreadsheets, spending all our time consolidating data, checking it was valid, and ensuring our formulas were working properly.”
The organization needed a solution which provided access and consolidation in order to gain full visibility into the company’s data estate — and the automation capabilities to make it simple.
Business Unit Program Lead for Digitalization in Production and Processes, Power Transmission, Siemens Energy