Advanced Distribution Management Systems Require High Level of Functionality

Gartner has named Schneider Electric a leader in Magic Quadrant for Advanced Distribution Management Systems.
Published: Wed 06 May 2015

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation, has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS) for two consecutive years.

Gartner reports, including the Gartner Magic Quadrant, are regarded industry-wide as an authoritative source for competitive comparisons in the information technology industry. Magic Quadrant reports offer in-depth analyses and visual summaries of the direction and maturity of markets and key vendors.

Gartner’s report for Critical Capabilities for Advanced Distribution Management Systems, Schneider Electric achieved the highest product score for the all three use cases:

1.Improving outage response

2.Optimizing grid operation

3.Managing DER impacts

Schneider Electric says that this position can be attributed to its high number of ADMS functional component offering and to its successful system deployments.

According to Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman and CEO, Schneider Electric, both the Magic Quadrant and new Critical Capability reports demonstrate the evolution of the ADMS market and point to rising customer expectations for grid reliability and efficiency. “We consider our position as a leader as a confirmation of our mission to offer utility customers the tools to manage growing demand and peak loads, integrate more renewable energy into the grid, and improve electricity quality and availability from control center to customer.”

Evolution of the ADMS market

ADMSs have emerged over the past few years as a major smart grid technology innovation with the potential to unify utility distribution IT systems into a single, more efficiently managed platform.

The market for ADMSs has exploded with investment in marketing and R&D on behalf of many smart grid IT and combined IT/operational technology (OT) vendors. ADMS products have also matured, making significant progress. However, buyer requirements have expanded as well, due to the effect of solar PV growth and other types of distributed energy resources. Although the technology is still in the midst of a steep learning curve, its direct and indirect benefits to utilities are becoming widely recognizable.

Today, a number of utilities are implementing an ADMS. Typical functionality can include automated fault location, isolation, and service restoration (FLISR); conservation voltage reduction; peak demand management; and volt/volt-ampere reactive (volt/VAR) optimization. In effect, an ADMS transitions utilities from paperwork, manual processes, and siloed software systems to systems with real-time and near-real-time data, automated processes, and integrated systems.

According to Navigant Research, global ADMS revenue is expected to grow from $681.1 million in 2015 to $3.3 billion in 2024.

ADMS simplifies and optimises

Schneider Electric’s ADMS assists utilities in the analysis, operation, planning and optimization of power networks. The system simplifies deployments, reduces maintenance, optimizes capital expenditures, and supports improved reliability and resiliency. The system includes advanced analytical functions that help utilities optimize network operations by offering proactive approaches to managing demand, enabling distributed energy resources and improving storm management processes.

With Schneider Electric positioned as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Advanced Distribution Management Systems, the company’s differentiation is further strengthened and it increases the gap with other vendors.

Further reading

Navigant Research- Advanced Distribution Management Systems: Software Purchases and Upgrades, Integration Services, Maintenance, and Analytics: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts