Without doubt, information technology and e-business has changed the way that companies inter-relate with each other, their customers and the wider markets. In this changing marketplace, arguably the greatest challenge of industry participants is to effectively communicate data and information with others, and to efficiently process its internal information. The ready availability of business knowledge rather than mere data is critical for informed business decisions in today’s fast moving markets. At Consensia, we strongly believe that the answer is not just based on specifying and buying good software products but on having an agreed strategy and linking the products and solutions effectively so that the information flows follow the business and management oversight needs. We provide services in the areas of:
- Project strategy & scoping studies
- Product review and comparison for buyers
- Product critique and market studies for sellers
- “Straight through processing” assistance
- Document & Knowledge Management
- Software functional specification & RfP document preparation
- Procurement evaluation criteria and assistance
- Harnessing the Power of the Web
Liberalisation, industry restructuring, company unbundling, third party access, central markets and improved customer management all require more and better information management. Consensia supplies vendor independent studies and management guidance delivered by experienced consultants having practical knowledge of the business processes driving the functional and operational requirements of power and gas third-party access, commercial logistics for transportation and storage, exchange and spot markets, gas hubs, quotation and pricing issues, energy trading and risk management systems. Our consultants have experience of information system requirements and the strategies necessary to achieve successful software selection and implementation.
A Director of a major gas company has stated “we are no longer solely in the gas business but are now firmly in the information business”. This is perhaps a ‘truism’ in perception but in reality most Energy & Utility organisations are struggling to cope with the requirements for new support systems and to partially replace existing, diverse and fragmented IT products and systems, many of which are not relevant to the new liberalised market. Consensia has knowledge of the established and developing international standards for data communication coupled with considerable experience of developed solutions and packaged products, international IT providers and specifically for the gas and power industry on what works and doesn’t work in the competitive markets.