When creating or upgrading a data management infrastructure, it is important to understand your current structure and how you want to use data in the future. And modernization is not always as simple as replacing all the legacy systems with new, up-to-date technology. Many times, the transition to greater digitalization involves understanding the legacy or pre-existing systems and how they will, or will not, factor into the new system.
Understanding Your Needs
A district energy data management infrastructure should enable the use and analysis of data throughout all layers of the organization. No longer should it be divided by IT or OT, but instead provide an environment where an organization values data as a corporate asset. As such, before beginning an install or upgrade, clearly understand your business objectives and needs. Ask questions like:
- Who currently uses process data and how?
- How can data be used to improve the decision-making process?
- What has been the significant limitation until now for using process data throughout the organization?
- What questions are you trying to answer with data?
Reviewing the Current System
For district energy, the below will help evaluate the current system, any obstacles, and your needs.
Selecting the Right Solution
When selecting a data management infrastructure, consider the capacity of the solution for:
- Data Monitoring Anywhere, 24/7
- Central Integration and Collection of Sensor Data
- Easy-to-Use Features for Quick Data Analysis
- Quick Access to Real-Time and Historical Data
- Dashboards for Easy Visualization
- Data Security and Reliability
Also keep in mind that you are not simply buying software. You should build a continued partnership with the software vendor so that you can tackle future obstacles and modernization as a team. All software vendors should provide a comprehensive training program and a dedicated solution support team.
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