Custom Software Solutions
The right business expertise to understand your problem and the right technology expertise to create your solution
Energy solutions need to be designed and implemented by industry experts who focus on energy market operational efficiency and profitability, as well as software technology experts with a proven ability to deliver. The alternative can be costly project overruns, unmet business objectives, higher cost of system ownership, early obsolescence, and missed profit opportunities. Structure Software Solutions brings together the deep domain experts of our Consulting Business Unit with the technology experts of our Software Solutions Unit to deliver advanced custom solutions that accurately address your business challenges.
The Structure Group's world-class Software Solution Center is based in Houston, Texas, the heart of the U.S. Energy Business. Our professionals provide an outstanding combination of proven software development and implementation expertise with the finest combination of business and technical knowledge in the energy industry.
Structure's Software Solution Center makes it possible for you to:
- Extend your in-house IT capabilities
- Focus on your core business
- Reduce dependency on multiple vendors
- Limit gradual growth of long-term IT costs
- Combine the advantages of onsite requirements specification, UAT, and implementation with offsite development
- Lower your cost of ownership
How Structure Can Help
Integration between systems is a critical component in straight-through processing. Structure’s history of integrating ETRM solutions into enterprise architectures, ISO/RTO websites, accounting and back-office systems, among others, has demonstrated our capabilities to successfully integrate large, complex systems, under tight deadlines. Some examples of our integration projects include:
- Exchange integration to help meet forthcoming OTC reporting requirements
- Inbound data integration: generation, load, reference, pricing, credit and other mission-critical data, ISO/RTO
- Outbound data integration: ETRM, credit, GL, analytics engines, ISO/RTO
- Data warehousing integration
Clients cannot make the right business decisions if they cannot get the right information out of their systems. Structure’s business and technology expertise combine to provide our clients with the right information, tailored specifically to their needs. Our team can define, implement and optimize custom reports and operational dashboards using source data from relational and time-series databases.
- Custom reports to meet complex demands: confirmations, analytics
- Understanding of leading ETRM package data models
- Crystal reports/SQL reporting services
- Dashboard development and configuration
Not only do changes in the energy industry outpace the ability of software product companies to keep up, but often niche requirements have too small a customer base to warrant interest from software production companies. We build custom applications to meet business needs where no off-the-shelf products exist, focused on the power and natural gas value chains. We utilize a proven development methodology and deep power and natural gas capabilities to efficiently deliver custom solutions for our clients.
- Off-site custom development group
- Power and natural gas focus
- Broad technical capabilities, such as Java, .NET, Oracle, MS SQL Server
- Process-driven development approach
Long Term Support
Ongoing support of custom software solutions is one of the greatest challenges faced by energy companies. Organizations often lack the manpower, in-depth knowledge of the software, and in many cases, the right technology skills. In the past, this often meant the selection of a sub-optimal packaged software product. Structure removes that obstacle with an option for long-term application support from our Software Solution Center at a fixed cost for the solutions we deliver.
How Structure is Different
One Hundred Percent Energy Focus on the Energy Industry
Structure's Software Solution Center is 100% dedicated to energy solutions. For us, the energy industry is not simply one of many vertical markets, it is our only business. From start to finish, our software projects include the involvement of our deep-domain experts in our energy consulting practices. We also maintain ongoing product expertise and partnerships with the industry’s leading software vendors in: Market Solutions, Energy Trading and Risk Management, Generation Operations and Optimization, AMI/MDM – Smart Grid, Enterprise Asset Management, and Revenue Cycle Management.
Proven Track Record of Successful Delivery
Structure is well acquainted with the demands of delivering software to meet industry-mandated deadlines, and we've developed a robust methodology to ensure we consistently deliver our solutions on time, on budget, and with high quality. The solution frameworks that we develop on an ongoing basis can often be leveraged to shorten the delivery schedule and reduce the cost to deploy and support our solutions.