Power & Utilities

Microsoft's Smart Energy Reference Architecture

Microsoft has developed a reference architecture based on familiar, cost-effective Microsoft platforms that can serve as the basis for development of the “integrated utility of the future.” The Microsoft Smart Energy Reference Architecture (SERA) is Microsoft’s first comprehensive reference architecture that addresses technology integration throughout the full scope of the smart energy ecosystem. SERA has been endorsed by a number of global solutions providers whose energy industry solutions span the entire energy ecosystem — from the power grid to the home. SERA helps utilities by providing a method of testing the alignment of information technology with their business processes to create an integrated utility.

Partner Enabling Rich Application Platform

SERA acknowledges from the outset that no one vendor will be able to provide all of the application functionality needed to implement the smart energy ecosystem. This reference architecture seeks to offer a rich platform that makes it easy for partners to develop and deploy their applications. Notable aspects of the applications platform include services for: analytics, collaboration, complex event processing, integration, service bus, storage and workflows. By providing these services to developers, Microsoft partners will only need to worry about using their expertise for the solution of domain-specific problems, leaving the platform to provide the common capabilities needed across many vertical domains.