Teradata Utilities Data Model

The Teradata Utilities Data Model is your blueprint for making the most of the data in your data warehouse. It will save you time and money and provide a single view of your business to all users.

 Building a Foundation for Growth and Value 
Like businesses everywhere, utility companies are searching for new and better ways to make their facilities – and their entire operations – more efficient. At the same time, as they try to encourage their customers to use energy wisely, they are often being hampered by the inability to identify and correct inaccurate and inconsistent data. 

But as they face these challenges, most utilities are still finding themselves with disparate silos of data – multiple data sources that make it difficult, if not impossible, to make sound business decisions across the enterprise. These multiple sources of data often mean individuals are using different information than their peers resulting in confusing customer communications and missed opportunities. For example, when meter inventory and meter reading data don't match billing system data, the utility runs the risk of not billing energy usage and losing that revenue.

The number of such disparate information sources for most utility companies will increase in the months and years ahead as Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Smart Grid technology implementations move forward, generating huge amounts of new data. This means even more potential for data integrity problems, while pressure to reduce costs increases. 

Integrating Information
What you need is a blueprint to make the most of your data, a plan that will save time and money and provide all your users with quick, convenient access to accurate, cross-functional, and integrated information in your data warehouse. The Teradata® Utilities Data model (UDM) provides exactly that: a clear foundation for better analysis and more accurate decision making. 

The Teradata UDM lets you combine data in new ways to answer your most important business questions at the same time it allows your data warehouse team to build faster and smarter. You'll save development time and development dollars while you minimize the risks associated with implementing a data warehouse.

As the fundamental building block of your data warehouse, the Teradata UDM is the first step toward constructing a powerful, flexible data resource. The UDM diagrams the relationships of data extracted from disparate operational sources to provide an enterprise-wide view of your business – in areas including purchasing, operations, marketing, customer service, accounting, and financial. 

Used as a framework for business intelligence, the Teradata UDM will:

  • Present a single view of your business. 
  • Provide the critical data and data relationship structure you need to make smarter, faster decisions. 
  • Ensure you avoid costly data ware- house redesigns.
  • Provide discipline and structure to the complexities of a data warehouse implementation.
  • Facilitate effective communication between your business users and IT analysts. 

 Answering Crucial Questions
The Teradata UDM provides the structure and standardization to address your most crucial business questions. It organizes data to make them accessible, enables reuse of data in other applications, highlights data integrity problems, and provides comprehensive documentation of your data. Equally important, the UDM enables easy identification of inaccurate or duplicative data, eliminating the potential for errors and allowing fast and accurate communication with customers and regulators. 

Specifically, the solution provides much needed insight into an array of subject areas, including:

  • Financials – service meter events, stop bill events, billing, deposit events, fraud profiles, and 360-degree view of customer financials across channels.
  • Party – customers, associates, suppliers, vendors, human capital management, payroll, personnel, training, labor distribution, and privacy. 
  • Infrastructure – meter reading and meter management, service points, equipment, meter reading route, and site premises. 

 Analyzing with Insight
Teradata's UDM provides the capability to drive strategic and tactical analysis from a single, integrated view of your business. 

It also brings additional built-in benefits:
Enhanced operations – The Teradata UDM enables insight into every aspect of your business performance through sophisticated modeling of relationships between departments. That's vital information essential to efficient and effective operations.

Reduced development time – The Teradata UDM saves you valuable data warehouse development time, as well as considerable human and financial resources. And that means faster data warehouse implementation and ROI.

Added investment protection – The Teradata UDM protects your investment by using proven modeling methodologies and experienced Teradata Professional Services consultants to ensure you avoid common and expensive modeling oversights and errors. With hundreds of industry-specific LDM development and implementation projects under their belts, our consultants understand the utility industry’s unique challenges, as well as the demands of data warehousing.
Increased flexibility – A Teradata UDM can be easily adapted and extended as your business grows and changes or as new subject areas, entities, or sets of attributes arise. Enhancements and new applications are easy to add without re-architecting your data warehouse. 

Focused Solutions for Focused Results
The Teradata UDM, designed specifically for utilities, is the only data model that integrates operational information about utility customers, facilities, inventory, finances, and events into one data warehouse – and sets the stage for a single view of the business. As business needs evolve, the Teradata UDM can adapt to ensure your data warehouse contains the information for complete, accurate analyses. For example, as you collect huge volumes of new data from AMI and the Smart Grid, you'll have everything you need to organize, manage, and use these data. At the same time, you'll cut the costs of maintaining multiple data silos and inconsistent internal records. 

Making Smart Companies Smarter
Teradata Corporation, the global leader in data warehousing and analytic technologies, provides solutions that help make smart companies, smarter. Teradata gives companies the people, technology, innovation, and a world-class network of customers and partners enabling them to reduce costs, increase revenues and improve customer satisfaction. With Teradata, the smartest wins. 

For More Information
To find out more about how a Teradata Utilities Data Model can help you maximize your data warehouse investment, improve your decision-making capabilities, and grow a stronger, more productive business, contact your local Teradata representative.

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