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Survey Analysis: CIM Complexity Both Challenges and Benefits Utilities

Published: 16 October 2013

ID: G00252774

Analyst(s): Randy Rhodes


Utility Common Information Model standards provide a multilayered framework for electric utility enterprise integration. IT leaders and enterprise architects can use this updated survey to evaluate CIM's suitability.

Table Of Contents

Survey Objective

Data Insights

  • Utilities Report More CIM Projects in Development and Operation
  • Utilities Favor CIM for Semantic Consistency and Integration Cost Reduction
  • IT and OT Workers Must Educate Management About CIM
  • Utilities Can Choose From a Wider Selection of CIM Tools
  • A Majority of Utilities Need CIM Consultants and Integrators
  • Vendors Focus Mostly on Model Exchange and Integration Opportunities
  • Vendor Offerings Span Functional Areas
  • Product Vendors Support a Wide Range of Enterprise Service Bus Frameworks
  • Managing CIM Versions Is a Continuing Challenge for Most Vendors
  • Vendor CIM Expertise Is Growing Substantially
  • Interest in Extending CIM to New Areas Still Remains High
  • CIM Users' Satisfaction With Web Support Is Declining
  • CIM Users Place Importance on Model Management and the Version Release Process
  • Methodology
  • Definitions

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