Competition is fierce and growing in the meter data management field, making it a challenge for utilities to choose an MDM provider. The Gartner group recently published one of its Magic Quadrant market analysis reports, focused on MDM. Of the 12 vendors considered, eMeter, a Siemens business, was one of only two companies in the "leader" category.
EnergyIP, eMeter's flagship grid applications platform, will be featured at the Siemens booth (#1647) at DistribuTECH, Jan. 28-30, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
In the report, Magic Quadrant for Meter Data Management Products, Gartner assessed each of 12 MDM vendors based on two benchmarks:
- Ability to execute. Products and services, overall viability, market responsiveness and track record, marketing execution and customer experience.
- Completeness of vision. Market understanding, marketing strategy, sales strategy, product strategy, business model, vertical/industry strategy, geographic strategy and innovation.
As with all Magic Quadrant reports, each company was assigned to a quadrant in a chart defined by those benchmarks: leaders, visionaries, niche players and challengers. As a "leader," Gartner deems eMeter as "executing well against their current vision and well positioned for tomorrow."
Among eMeter's strengths, Gartner noted:
- "Clients consistently rank eMeter's integration architecture, product functionality and performance among the highest in this product category."
- "eMeter has built a strong system integration (SI) partnership program to help it extend its product offerings outside North America to the European and Asia/Pacific energy markets. eMeter has also established a partnership with Verizon as an infrastructure provider to enable MDM functionality delivery in the cloud."
- "In addition to continuing as a mind share leader, based on its active participation in standards and policy-setting activities globally, its well-developed (IP) portfolio, and its market messaging, eMeter's viability and delivery capability have improved following the Siemens acquisition."
EnergyIP, eMeter's flagship grid applications platform, recently unveiled two new applications:
- Equipment Load Management (ELM). Provides insights into transformers and other grid assets, preventing outages and accidents.
- Grid Data Vault (GDV). Best-in-class data archiving software that help utilities cost-effectively manage data growth while enabling data accessibility and meeting archiving regulations.
Siemens continues to expand the suite of applications seamlessly supported on the EnergyIP platform. Also, recently EnergyIP was successfully tested to scale at 50 million meters.
More about Siemens and eMeter at DistribuTECH 2014.
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