Breeze is specialized software for recording wind turbine performance. Adaptive Insights is a well-known package for business planning, reporting and forecasting. A large owner of wind farms in the Netherlands utilizing both systems wanted to link them. Thanks to ready-to-use building blocks from LemonForce® Studio, the integration was “a breeze”.
About the customer
Planalyse is an Adaptive reseller and implementation partner for the Benelux and selected European countries.
At any given moment, Breeze offers wind turbine owners direct insight into how much energy a turbine is generating, what the wind conditions are, downtime for individual turbines, targets in relation to actual energy yield and much more. It is a powerful tool that leaves nothing to chance when it comes to the current state of wind turbine management.
However, the owner of the wind farms wanted more. He needed to make strategic decisions about future investments, energy production, management and maintenance. For this reason, he wanted to enter data from Breeze into Adaptive Insights, his Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) package. However, there was a problem: the two packages are not capable of “talking” to each other. Output from one package is not understood as input by the other.
In order to use the two systems concurrently, data from Breeze had to be manually copied before it could be exported and entered into Adaptive Insights. This process is time-consuming and error-prone and therefore less than ideal as a basis for important strategic decisions. And an up-to-date overview of reliable data is a crucial condition for successful operation in the turbulent wind market.
LemonForce® Studio proved to be the ideal tool to achieve integration quickly and easily. “Breeze outputs data in a different format to that used by Adaptive Insights,” says Roel van Megen, co-owner of LemonForce®. “However, the two different formats are often used as standalone applications. That’s why LemonForce® Studio offers ready-to-use building blocks for integration. In fact, integration was simply a matter of visually clicking the building blocks together and generating the integration application.”
LemonForce® Studio is an intuitive and visual package that allows integration with little or no coding. “Because the package contains many ready-to-use building blocks, we were able to deliver the integration in two days”, says Roel. “This would have taken at least three days using traditional programming methods. This might not appear to be a big difference, but with LemonForce® Studio we realized a time saving in excess of thirty percent. On a project that might normally last a hundred days, for example, this represents truly significant savings in time and money.”
The LemonForce® experts built the integration for wind turbine management with LemonForce® Studio. They also integrated the YUKI accounting system and Adaptive Insights for the same client. “Essentially, the client’s software managers can now build and maintain the integrated software themselves. This is the goal of LemonForce® Studio. We’ve made it so easy that you don’t need to be a programmer to successfully create or modify an integration”, Roel explains.
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