Utility Network Integrator
Update and integrate GIS data throughout an organisation
Most utility companies use GIS data across their entire organisation, incorporating it in everything from financial planning to asset management systems. Following the migration process, UN Integrator can be used to facilitate an update of the integration between GIS and all other systems that are already integrated.
UN Integrator accomplishes this by running for a period where both old and new GIS platforms are running and synchronised. Gradually, possibly over a period of months, the integration to the old GIS platform is switched to the new Utility Network based platform.
To fully capitalise on the Esri Utility Network, therefore, it is essential that data is not only migrated to the new platform, but also updated wherever the GIS is already integrated.
A systemised delivery plan
The UN Integrator carries out the data migration and system integration operation in such a way that it delivers tangible results in a sequence of deliveries to production systems. This sequence of milestones indicates the overall migration project delivery plan:
- Development and test milestone: Migration mapping ready for data migration
- Development and test milestone: Migration environment defined and optimised (UN Migration Engine deployed)
- Production system milestone: Utility Network data go-live (production data migration performed)
- Production system milestone: Integration between old GIS platform and the Utility Network activated (UN Integrator implemented)
- Production system milestone: Go-live of the first integration between the Utility Network and the third party system
- Production system milestone: Go-live of the other integrations between the Utility Network and third party system
- Production system milestone: Go-live of Utility Network data maintenance procedures (GIS data maintenance performed in the new GIS platform)
- Production system milestone: De-commissioning the old GIS platform
- Production system milestone: De-commissioning the UN Integrator
- Project closure.
This integration process across a broad range of sectors is particularly useful to large utility companies with many departments and a greater need for integration. Possible applications of data integration go beyond mapping to make spatial and attribute data of use to decision-makers involved in ensuring the utility optimises its resources while keeping waste and costs to a minimum.