Our IT landscape

Our IT is unique. It focuses on innovative topics so we can drive BKW forward and shape its future.

IT at BKW Energy & Power Grid

Our IT focuses on cloud services, work devices, support and service management, plus security and infrastructure architecture. All the basic network services, such as the data centre, printing and voice services, are handled by partners, which frees up our capacity to deal with innovative IT projects which give us a competitive edge. We maintain dialogue with the business side of the company, collaborate on cutting-edge communication platforms and work with our clients to implement custom solutions, based on cloud-based applications. We work on all kinds of devices, at any time, from anywhere in the world.

We are passionate about empowering the digital future of BKW: smart, agile, pragmatic

Job Profiles

You use your specialist skills to ensure our subsidiaries from every competence brand and country are connected smoothly to our M365 and Azure cloud platforms. You lead roll-out projects for basic IT services, such as WAN/LAN, printing and the modern workplace. There are also recurrent lifecycle projects in this area, which you will successfully spearhead. In addition, you introduce new internal IT software solutions, ensuring they are perfectly integrated into our complex IT landscape. Within projects, you coordinate internal and external resources and deliverables, taking responsibility for project progress in reporting to IT management and stakeholders from the BKW network.

 

You are responsible for designing and implementing SAP cloud expansions and integrations. You also design, implement and launch ABAP and SAPUI components (portal, FIORI, SAPUI5 apps). For the operation of these components and expansions, you assist us with second-level support and hold responsibility for updating the necessary guidelines and documentation for solutions and processes in SolMan. You manage smaller projects independently and contribute new trends and developments. You are also a driving force for our transformation.

 

 

You support our IT and specialist colleagues, whether independently or as part of a team of consultants. You review business ideas and processes to ensure digital feasibility, and design their implementation. You draw up feasibility assessments and cost estimates, develop implementation/project variants, including requirements management for fit/gap analyses, and assist with end-to-end solution integration. In this role you will actively help to shape BKW’s digital future and that of our subsidiaries.

 

You advise and assist our process managers, using your process knowledge in logistics, finances or one of many other specialist areas. Your main activities include fit/gap analyses, particularly relating to our templates. You assist with selecting the best solution (on premises/cloud) throughout the entire process, from evaluating the solution to designing processes and integrating the solution itself. Of course, you also configure the solution and ensure its successful handover to operations. Finally, your role includes ongoing further development and support for the solution.

 

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How we work

Innovative technologies create a modern working environment for anyone who loves IT. Our cloud-based applications enable us to work from all kinds of devices, at any time, from anywhere in the world.

 

SAP Ariba
We use the cloud-based SAP Ariba platform. This means our procurement and purchasing processes are fully electronic. The benefits of SAP Ariba enhance our collaboration and quality processes, with automation to increase efficiency. We map these processes clearly and comprehensibly, ensuring high levels of transparency. This cuts out a large part of our administrative work. We invest the time and money meaningfully in new BKW projects.

S/4HANA
At BKW, we use the ERP system S/4HANA, which is based on the quick in-memory database HANA (high-performance analytic appliance). Business-related changes at BKW led to a renewal of our ERP system. We started with a fresh slate in the form of S/4HANA in 2017, replacing our previous solution with an all-new ERP system; we were the ninth firm in the world to install it. BKW is growing, and we regularly welcome new companies with ultra-lean, agile structures. We introduced S/4HANA with the additional goal of rolling this ERP system out across smaller companies within the BKW Group.

CRM
We use Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 as our CRM. This tool helps us turn sales prospects into new customers, and is seamlessly integrated into Dynamics 365 Sales.

Azure Cloud
BKW pursues a consistent public cloud strategy and has transferred the lion’s share of its existing on-prem workload onto Azure. This migration comes with a diverse range of interesting network and security assignments. This strengthens our collaboration with the business side and gets people interested in new technologies and ways of working.

Next-gen networks
The existing core, distribution and access level of the BKW IT network have reached the stage of their lifecycles where they are being replaced with cutting-edge Cisco technology offering corresponding bandwidth increase in the in-house MPLS network (10 G or 40 G) to meet both current and future requirements.

Integration of Group companies
The BKW Group has grown enormously over the past few years, and the aim is for our IT to increasingly grow together as well. Group companies which collaborate with external partners can draw on well-founded expertise and benefit from the latest services offered by BKW IT.

Implementation of a new zone concept
Trends such as IoT and cloud applications present IT security with new challenges. For BKW, OT (operational technology, industrial plants and processes) is key. A new zone concept was drawn up as part of the security strategy, taking into account the various security demands. It is now offered both on the cloud and on-prem.

We develop an array of applications for our internal customers. Our development approach is agile and iterative, and we carry out dev work directly on the cloud. Technologies we often use include: Java with Spring Boot, Angular, Azure Kubernetes[JA1]  Services, MySQL, MongoDB, HTML, CSS and responsive design. Other teams are making increasing use of Microsoft technologies: C#, .NET, .NET Core, Azure Sequel, Visual Studio (Cloud).

 

 

Smart metering
Smart meters help our electricians by providing them with real-time data at installations, with daily updates on consumption.

Digital electricity sales
We are working closely with end customers to develop a platform that enables digital purchase of electricity.

ONE portal
Using a single sign-on, our customers can use this platform to find out about all the services they use.

Network information system (NIS+)
NIS+ are multiple applications which monitor network supply status and offer a visual depiction of issues like electricity outages, the condition of cabling and substations, and restarts following planned outages.

Nethub and Masterhub
Nethub provides an overview of all our assets in one place, while Masterhub merges all our customer metadata in one system.

O365
With Office 365, we can work from anywhere and with any device we want – and if necessary, at any time. We can adapt our work environments flexibly to our personal preferences and needs. We have been using Microsoft Teams for internal calls for some time now, and we are gradually switching over our external communication as well.

Modern workplace
BKW’s workplace boasts minimal IT management, and we generally use the standard features offered by the manufacturer in question. Guidelines and limitations solely relate to security issues. Thanks to Microsoft Intune, we are increasingly using BKW and Office applications on smartphones.

What we’re currently working on

In IT we’re getting to grips with all sorts of projects and issues, with plenty of variety and space for innovative ideas and learning.

 

Big Data

BKW runs its hydro-electric power plants with the help of experts using big data, computer models and optimisation calculations. By optimising usage of turbines and pumps at hydro-electric power plants we generate maximum revenue on electricity exchanges. This requires us to process huge quantities of data. Our digital platform, Tangeto, lets our customers visualise improvements in their power plants while also increasing revenue on the exchange.

 

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Smart Home

Home Energy is BKW’s programme for digitalising building technology. Our underlying platform meets all the requirements for smart energy management, both at home and elsewhere. This solution can turn entire residential districts into independent energy clusters, with smart management that turns homes into power plants. For optimal alignment of production and consumption, customers can compare their energy costs with their electricity bill and access all of this on their smartphone in real time. 

 

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Cloud-first strategy

BKW uses flexible, scalable cloud services. We develop our own cloud solutions for functions such as depicting structural and topological characteristics of a network information system. Cloud services give us focus and flexibility in our deployment of computing resources. This is a cost-efficient approach, as only actual processing power is billed. Thanks to the cloud, our network information services have become more efficient, reliable and economical.     

 

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Digital procurement

We recently moved to the Ariba Network procurement process, a cloud-based procurement platform which allows us to automate the ordering process (procure to pay) and make it paperless. In future, we’ll also use Ariba Network strategically to purchase new products and services, and to improve the quality of our collaborative relationships with suppliers (source to contract). We are taking a staggered approach to digital procurement.

 

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