Schneider Electric case study

22.08.2015

Emap helps Schnieder Electric gain business certainty in uncertain times

THE CHALLENGE: KEEPING UP IN A CHANGING LANDSCAPE 

Over the past 40 years, Schneider Electric has established itself as a key player in some of New Zealand's most critical infrastructure projects.

As a market leader in power supply and energy management for buildings, the company is particularly well positioned for the challenges of the Christchurch rebuild. In 2012, Schneider Electric set up a dedicated recovery team to lead its work across the region.

From day one, Schneider Electric needed to understand where its business opportunities were and share that information across the organisation. The team began by drawing up large-scale, hard copy maps of the entire region, which were distributed and manually pinned to the walls of company offices.

Schneider Electric's Earthquake Response Coordinator Ana Blissett says she knew early on that the system wasn't going to work. The biggest challenge was keeping up with the unpredictable nature of a city in recovery.

"The rebuild has turned Christchurch into New Zealand's most rapidly changing landscape. Re-zoning, ongoing demolitions and the new city plan meant our maps were becoming obsolete on a daily basis.

"We had no way to make sure our offices and team members were using the most up-to-date information," Ana says.

Updating the hard copy maps also proved excessively costly and wasteful.

"The amount of time and resources that went into creating the hard copy maps meant they were unfeasible and unworkable. Something had to change," Ana says.

 

THE SOLUTION: REAL-TIME INFORMATION, REAL-TIME SHARING

A simple web search led Ana to Emap, which offered Schneider Electric a completely new approach to its work in Christchurch.

Emap provides access to an extensive range of base maps as well as detailed property and land information which is updated nightly. Unlike other online mapping applications on the market, Emap is designed specifically for business, allowing Schneider Electric to add in and manage its own layers of data.

The result is genuine business intelligence, which is always accurate, up-to-date and easily shared.

Instead of producing hard copy maps, Ana enters the location of large-scale developments directly into Emap, which she can match instantly against the company's own building consent data. Emap then generates a visual map clearly showing where Schneider Electric's current and emerging business opportunities lie.

Ana says Emap has solved her teams' challenges in three main ways:

"First, it's automatically and comprehensively updated each night, so all the hours we spent updating our own paper maps have been freed up for more important work.

"Next, we can add our own data to the maps. We can pinpoint where a potential business opportunity is, and share that information instantly with everyone in the company.

"Finally, it's really simple to use and navigate. With minimal training, everyone in the company can now log in and see the same updates as they go live," Ana says.

Now I have time to focus on the actual business opportunities, rather than spending the day plotting them on a map. "

Ana Blissett
Earthquake Response Coordinator
Schneider Electric Head office

 

BUSINESS BENEFIT: A BETTER BOTTOM LINE

Ana says the single greatest benefit Emap has given Schneider Electric is significant savings in both time and money.

"Having up-to-date maps is absolutely critical to our work, but the waste involved in creating and updating our own hard copy maps was too much for the organisation to absorb."

Emap also gives Schneider Electric the certainty of knowing it has the most accurate and up-to-date picture of Christchurch and the wider Canterbury region.

"In a place like Christchurch there's no way of predicting how the rebuild will progress. A Minister can change their mind; another quake can come along. If you don't have the latest information you can't operate with any degree of certainty.

"Emap has been a great tool for the recovery team. Since we've been using it, word has gotten around - it definitely has the potential to be rolled out to other areas of the company," Ana says.