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Energy & Utilities

Model Orchestration Platform for Improved Cross-Team Collaboration

Success Story 

Our client faced multiple business challenges, with distributed teams operating in a disconnected digital and data environment, following suboptimal internal processes, and little or no cross-team resource interchangeability. Severe bottlenecks in developing crucial simulations, statistical, and machine learning models, led to increased resource management overhead and longer time-to-market.


We rolled out a solution that turned into a centralized platform for all teams, offering them model orchestration, management, monitoring, and ease of deployment in a consistent way. The Model Orchestration platform provided a standard set of tools that are reusable, scalable, and fault-tolerant. Its implementation improved productivity, collaboration and enabled faster iteration of ideas to production.

80% Reduction of Model Crashes

40% Quicker Diagnosis of Root-Causes

24% Decrease in Model Execution Times

The Client

An international energy company, operating more than 200 power plants with about 12 000 employees in 40 countries. The company combines a balanced portfolio of technologically advanced large-scale assets with outstanding technical and commercial expertise. It buys and sells electricity, emissions certificates, natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG), coal, and freight. It also sources, stores, transports, and markets natural gas, as well as global commodities, such as coal and LNG, and owns and manages a gas infrastructure business.

The Solution

In order to modernize and harmonize our client’s modelling setup, we took a two-pronged approach. First, we consulted and advised their internal teams on best practices for software development and governance. As a second step, we designed and implemented a modelling platform, which would be used across different departments, serving various use cases, each with its own technical and functional requirements.


I. Process consultancy


We began by performing a detailed analysis of our client’s needs and workflows when developing, orchestrating and collaborating on different models. We proceeded to create a comprehensive gap analysis, which outlined our findings and suggested improvements. We implemented several CI/CD pipelines following industry standards and best practices, which allowed the in-house engineers to collaborate in model creation and efficiently utilize the Modelling Platform’s capabilities.



As a result we:


  • Harmonized the technological stack and tools used by teams across departments;

  • Implemented a proper Gitflow for version control;

  • Set up centralized Azure DevOps pipelines for building, testing and dockerizing models;

  • Set up a central Container Registry for image distribution.


II. Modelling platform


To enhance the cross-team collaboration, we implemented a central modelling platform to be used as an orchestration, execution, and monitoring tool, tailored to satisfy all current use cases. The platform is based on Azure technologies and allows for the deployment, orchestration, monitoring, and debugging of various models with different technical and functional requirements. It is designed with extensibility in mind, so it can be easily adapted whenever new requirements and use cases surface in the future.

Results

As a result, our client’s internal collaboration was significantly improved, inter-department projects were vastly facilitated and overall model quality enhanced.


Unlocked business value:


  • 80% reduction of model crashes. Improved model stability & IT infrastructure;

  • 40% quicker diagnosis of root-causes;

  • 24% decrease in average model execution times;

  • Faster Time-to-Market. Model deployment/release timelines reduced from avg of 1-2 hours to 10 min;

  • Robust processes and collaboration.

Our Work

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