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GE, OSI, Schneider Electric, Oracle, & Siemens the Leading Vendors of Distributed Management Systems

A new Leaderboard Report from Navigant Research examines the strategy and execution of nine providers of advanced distribution management systems (ADMSs), with GE, Open Systems International, Schneider Electric SE, Oracle, and Siemens AG ranked as the leading market players.

The competitive landscape for ADMSs is unique given the extensive requirements and growing list of modules captured under the ADMS umbrella. This has led to a smaller, more refined pool of vendors, including traditional, large OEMs as well as smaller, more nimble vendors making inroads around managed services and cooperative and public utility targeting. According to the Leaderboard report, GE, Open Systems International, Schneider Electric SE, Oracle, and Siemens AG are the leading ADMS vendors.

“Each of these companies stands out from the competition because of exceptional

technology development and portfolios, strong partner relationships, sustainable business

models, and significant market traction,” says Michael Kelly, senior research analyst with Navigant Research.

According to the report, many vendors and utilities consider ADMSs to be a combination of SCADA, distribution management systems, and outage management systems. This integrated architecture has grown in recent years to include energy management system and distributed energy resources management system (DERMS) modules, though this is not universal across vendors. This growth is a natural technological extension of ADMSs. The boundary between networks is blurring, and future network operators require access to both transmission and distribution applications.

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