MFT utility case study: Water Plus
Managed File Transfer (MFT) reduces overheads for utility start-up Water Plus
This case study describes how Pro2col delivered a smooth launch and cut costs for a utility start-up. It is an MFT utility use case.
Water Plus needed to install a new MFT solution within a very tight deadline, otherwise they wouldn’t get their licence.
The company is a standalone venture, set up by Severn Trent and United Utilities. Deregulation in 2017 meant 400k non-household customers were transferred to the new company overnight. They had no infrastructure, a tight budget and very little time.
The solution was a system that could be set up quickly, provide the exact security and automation requirements they needed, and offer ongoing UK-based support.
Pro2col: On-tap specialists
Water Plus knew they wanted a Managed File Transfer solution, but they needed support selecting the right product and modules, then installing it. They approached Pro2col – the highly trusted UK partner of many MFT providers – who analysed their requirements and suggested an enterprise-level solution with an MFT Gateway for additional security, plus auditing and reporting features. “Using Pro2col kept start-up costs down as installation was fifty to seventy-five per cent faster with Pro2col’s engineers onsite,” said Chris Leach, Application Manager, Water Plus.
Managed File Transfer reduces the need for time-consuming and repetitive manual processing. Companies run more efficiently and keep costs down. It helps Water Plus manage files and data with multiple workflows in place. “We would need an additional team of five to transfer files manually at peak times,” said Chris. “Instead, files can arrive a few minutes before processing without any issues. A member of staff couldn’t do that, especially at scale. MFT doesn’t need lots of people, saving huge staffing costs. It all works in the background. There is less chance of human error and less chance of files or data being sent that shouldn’t.” For example, meter readings are automatically translated into the right format and stored in a certain place on the server. This can then drive multiple processes, such as email acknowledgements, generating bills and printing, right through to processing payment.
Auditing and reporting
Room to grow
“The communication Pro2col provides is clear and concise. When they’ve spotted issues, solutions have come straight away.”