Estonian electricity system operator surges forward on a wave of greater efficiency

Estonian electricity company Elering upgrades its ERP system to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, integrating 10 separate data sources into the system. As a result it is now operating with far greater efficiency across a range of areas from accounting to maintenance and repairs.

Elering manages the Estonian electricity system and has responsibility for the country’s infrastructure ranging from transmission cables to towers, sub-stations and all the other components that constitute the infrastructure. It employs approximately 150 specialists but also makes extensive use of subcontractors to carry out repairs and maintenance.

*We now have accurate scheduling for subcontractors which has led to greater efficiencies across the organization and a power system that is operating at optimized capacity.*

Urmas Kriisa

Elering was created as a national electricity transmission operator in 2010, when the Estonian government decided to split electricity production and transmission system along the lines of a wider European trend. Elering had inherited an Oracle-based ERP system from the national power supplier Eesti Energia. As an organization 50 times smaller, it was looking for a more optimal ERP solution. It chose Microsoft Dynamics NAV as its preferred platform. It originally implemented Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 and then upgraded to Dynamics NAV 2009 RTC in early 2011.

Seeking effective management
Since separating from Eesti Energia, it has continually sought to ensure it has the most up-to-date systems with which to manage its operations. In short it wanted to have the most effective management possible of its complex utilities management and accounting functions.

The company chose to upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013. Urmas Kriisa, Treasurer, Elering said: “We have a number of bespoke solutions created by our partner BCS Itera, and these needed to be integrated into the new solution. We also wanted BCS Itera to create other bespoke components so an ERP system needed to be flexible. We’re a relatively small utility company and many utility ERP solutions are too big, but NAV 2013 was a good fit. Importantly, it’s also easy to customize.”
Cost effective and flexible
As well as being cost-effective, NAV 2013 has proven to be extremely flexible. Elering has integrated it with 10 different data sources including a SharePoint-based document management system, a SCADA control system, and GIS mapping system as well as payroll and asset management systems developed by BCS Itera.

Increased accuracy in decision making
Having a single but extensive ERP system has enabled Elering to eliminate data-input duplication while also increasing decision making accuracy. All employees have exactly the same data and numbers that are used in real-time. And most importantly the efficiency of asset management has significantly improved.

Kriisa says: “Prior to Dynamics NAV asset management was done in Excel spreadsheets and legacy software which was complex and inefficient. We now have accurate scheduling for subcontractors which has led to greater efficiencies across the organization and a power system that is operating at optimized capacity.”

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Taille de l'entreprise du client: Medium Organization
Secteur: Other Services
Pays ou région: Estonia
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013
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