Fast migration for an even faster renewable energy evolution
Horizon Power working with Tata Consultancy Services and AWS.
Bias for Action
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) assessed, designed, built, and migrated the infrastructure for roughly 47 applications from on-premises to Amazon Web Services (AWS) within 18 months—including critical applications that support convenient customer payment options and smart meters. As a result, Horizon Power saw its migration schedule shortened by 50 percent. Exiting data centers ahead of schedule also resulted in cost savings.
Success and Scale Bring Broad Responsibility
TCS offers a flexible and scalable talent model that allowed Horizon Power to use subject-matter experts’ time strategically, enable migration scale at speed, and bring the benefits of digital innovation to energy customers faster.
The use of solar power and other distributed energy resources (DER) is growing rapidly in Australia. Experts estimate that by 2050, DER, such as rooftop solar panels, electric vehicles, and smart meters, may contribute up to 45 percent of electricity generation capacity.
That’s great news for utility customers who depend on the environmental impact of decarbonization, however, it’s also a complex challenge. As sources of electricity generation and transmission grow more diverse, more technology upgrades are required to keep the energy supply stable and reliable. Digital transformation is key if utilities want to transform traditional systems in time.
For that reason, Horizon Power is working with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to migrate dozens of mission-critical applications from on-premises data centers to Amazon Web Services (AWS).
As energy generation and distribution become increasingly decentralized, providing a reliable supply of electricity demands new operating models and more resilient digital infrastructure.
Horizon Power provides electricity to over 100,000 residents and 10,000 businesses across 2.3 million square miles of Western Australia. As energy generation and distribution become increasingly decentralized, providing a reliable supply of electricity demands new operating models and more resilient digital infrastructure.
Systems must be built to scale up or down with seasonal customer demand—and to accommodate innovative programs, such as solar-powered schools, standalone power systems for remote communities, and green hydrogen solutions.
On the cloud, TCS can help Horizon Power achieve many benefits, including optimizing total cost of ownership, increasing scalability, and providing expert support with migration, DevOps, security, and storage.
TCS teams reimagined Horizon Power’s existing operating model for workloads running on AWS. They also provided support for user testing, release management, and post-production support. All of these elements contribute to a resilient, foundational digital core, complemented by an ecosystem approach.
Just as circuits carry electricity to schools, hospitals, and homes—AWS and TCS connect essential digital tools so utility companies can build a more brilliant energy future.