Active projects help streamline the efforts of close to 1,000 employees. When SRP reaches the full scope of its enterprise content system, all files will be moved from legacy repositories into OpenText™ Content Suite, with information retained according to schedules. SRP employees can now access the latest version of files immediately, leading to a number of process efficiencies.
SRP set a workflow to guide review and approval of operating procedures, which are then centrally stored for easy access. “All the operators have the most accurate procedures. Having the most current version of a procedure allows our operators to manage our grid more effectively,” Boccieri says.
SRP moved compliance documents into Content Suite with forms and search tools. The controlled environment ensures files are protected and easy to supply at a moment’s notice.
Some files span a timeline reaching far into the past and into the future. SRP handles water rights documents from more than 100 years ago; it must preserve the files to show who has first right of water in the territory. “Protecting the water rights of our share- holder is a crucial function for SRP and it’s important that these documents are securely stored and managed,” says Boccieri. “With OpenText, information that used to drown in file shares is now secure and ‘on tap.’ The ECM program is preparing SRP to manage all of its information today and into the future.”
Cartographic GIS services
Other unique documents, including large maps, were previously scattered across multiple locations. Now, GIS personnel are avid ECM fans: “They are very pleased with the solution, and it’s making them more efficient in their day-to-day operations,” says Boccieri.
SRP manages advertising in-house and previously, its marketing professionals felt disconnected from each other, and the content they produced landed in silos. In response, SRP is implementing OpenText™ Media Management, a consolidated asset library for commercials, brochures and other rich media produced in SRP’s print and creative shops and accessible to marketing, customer service and other departments.
“We’re brokering a collaboration effort between those organizations and looking at how they work together to improve their business processes,” says Boccieri. “We’re automating workflows between those groups so that the content being created is accessible to the other organizations to use—making everyone more effective.”
ECM business value
Surveying the progress and potential of its program thus far, Boccieri and others at SRP move forward with fortitude. “By pursuing best practices in content management and implementing leading industry technology solutions like OpenText, SRP will recognize business value and mitigate risk,” he says. In addition to reducing risk and enhancing safety, SRP reports additional benefits as it continues its ECM journey:
By finding files immediately, employees save at least an hour every week and redirect that time to other tasks, according to a SRP director. While a conservative estimate, the hours quickly add up when accounting for the thousands of employees that will leverage OpenText. In addition, Boccieri estimates cost-savings through more efficient search and enhanced record capabilities.
SRP also reduces maintenance and IT support expenditures through the decommissioning of legacy systems after migration to Content Suite.
Though valuable cost-savings remain secondary to SRP’s mission for exceptional customer service. For multiple consecutive years, the water and electric utility earned top customer service awards. As such, “any opportunity we have to improve how we provide service to our customers is important to us,” says Boccieri.
Upon integration of Content Suite and SRP’s customer information system, call center agents will receive all correspondence associated with a customer on the spot. “They can more easily answer the questions a customer has, reducing the number of callbacks that we have to perform and improving our customer service levels by using Content Suite,” says Boccieri.
Teamwork and future plans
To realize its ECM vision, SRP worked closely with OpenText Professional Services. Design and deployment became a united effort, according to Boccieri: “They’re actually a part of our team. It’s not like it’s the OpenText and SRP teams. We’re one team and it’s been a really good working relationship.”
In time, SRP expects to connect its SAP environment with Content Suite and expand the repository to include additional types of documents such as purchase orders and contracts. No matter the future challenge or need, Boccieri and his team express confidence in its ECM strategy powered by OpenText.
“Whatever pain point we had within the organization, OpenText seemed to have a solution that allowed us to not only manage our information but extend it to our other business applications where we could add value to the organization,” he says. “Now that we have OpenText solutions in place, it’s going to allow us to transform our organization for the future.”