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Fortnightly Magazine - November 2011

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And in preparation for the DMS, the utility has imposed new security protocols in its IT department, and is putting the DMS through extensive testing before implementation. During the system’s delivery lifecycle, it will undergo numerous stages of documentation, review, approval, and change management. About 20 consoles, each one a PC with multiple monitors, will allow developers, engineers, and operators to configure and operate the system.

“We have a lot of smart people working on this,” Milanowski says. “You have to.”

With such a significant amount of integration, automation, and synchronization, utilities aren’t making any blind leaps when it comes to ADMS implementation. Instead they’re approaching advanced distribution management with caution—and with a sense of optimism that the right programming inside their racks of computers will pay off with tangible benefits.