Schneider Electric Power Logic
Overview: Like the SAP’s energy management system, Schneider Electric’s PowerLogic ION EEM is meant to unite business and energy strategies. It focuses on looking at energy in financial terms, but can also be used to achieve environmental goals or to comply with green programs. Unlike SAP, it uses a web portal that a business can customize to see the data most important to the business in real time. It automatically uploads and cleans up energy data and helps in eventually predicting, controlling, and reducing energy-related expenses.
Pros: One of the major benefits of this energy management system is being able to customize the dashboard. Every contributor can set up their portal to show the data that is most important to them. The one-way integration with enterprise software is also a huge perk, as it allows a business to better track the overall impact of energy management, and exporting the data back out is easy. Sharing data with interested parties is very easy. Reports can be sent to their website and viewed by anyone via a standard browser.
Cons: The PowerLogic ION EEM is more focused on financial gains and losses. If a business is interested in reducing their environmental footprint over saving money, another energy management system might be more appropriate. The business software integration can also be overwhelming for companies that don’t want or need it. Some companies may find it easier to use a cheaper, simpler energy management system. Notable Features: The web capability of this energy management system is probably its strongest feature. This allows energy management on the go, rather than just in the office. Another key feature is the ability to manage other consumed utilities besides energy by important that data, on top of integrating with many enterprise system databases. It also has the capability to manage and analyze greenhouse gas information.
Data: With a powerful reporting engine, PowerLogic ION EEM can handle complex data and graphics, turning them into models and graphs for easier visualization. It can also import data from a variety of enterprise system databases, and export back out to them. Data can be controlled either through the software or the dashboard on the web portal.
Verdict: When looking at an integrated energy management system, PowerLogic ION EEM is a little bit more user-friendly than SAP. It doesn’t have all the business functionality, but it’s still a very powerful tool. The web-based dashboards allow for complete control and real time analysis on the go, which is a must for most top-level decision makers. Many institutions have chosen PowerLogic ION EEM, including the University of Texas at Austin because it’s versatile and well put together.
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