Salt River Project (SRP) includes two entities serving the Phoenix area: the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District and the Salt River Valley Water Users’ Association. The SRP district operates various power plants and generating stations to provide electricity to nearly 956,000 retail customers. The SRP association maintains an extensive system of reservoirs, wells, and irrigation laterals to deliver nearly 1 million acre-feet of water annually.
Previously, SRP used multiple spreadsheets to manage its IT projects and applications—a time consuming and error-prone process that exposed the company to risk and unnecessary IT procurement and management costs. The company wanted to improve management of its extensive IT infrastructure, including more than 1,200 applications used to run its diverse electricity and water operations. It also wanted to identify systems for retirement and set standards for IT procurement, cloud use, and mobile applications to future-proof the organization’s IT investments and safeguard against risk.
Salt River Project implemented Oracle’s Primavera Portfolio Management to unify management of its extensive IT portfolio, including essential utility systems, like work and asset management, as well as programming frameworks and development tools. With the system, SRP discovered almost US$500,000 in cost-reduction opportunities by identifying redundant or low use software, including 150 applications that are close to being unsupported. The company retired 10 applications in the last year and upgraded 34 systems. SRP also identified preferred technologies and ensured that more than 90% of applications are based on standard technologies—reducing procurement costs, simplifying maintenance support, and lowering total cost of ownership.
Salt River Project chose Oracle’s Primavera Portfolio Management after evaluating it against four other solutions.
“Oracle’s Primavera Portfolio Management offered the most functionality to support our diverse needs,” said Eileen Ahles, IT portfolio manager, Salt River Project.