Bridgeall, a Microsoft partner and one of Scotland’s leading IT services companies will work with the technology company CGI to develop the central market system for the English water industry organisation Market Operator Services Ltd (MOSL).
CGI’s central market system will be adopted by MOSL as the underpinning solution for its central market operating system (CMOS). The CMOS will facilitate interaction among all participants (retailers and wholesalers) in the competitive non-household water market. CGI will also host and operate the CMOS system on its secure commercial cloud.
The changes to the English water market will make it the largest retail water market in the world worth around £2 billion. The software being developed by Bridgeall will calculate the primary charges for water and sewerage and allocate them to the relevant wholesalers and retailers for the 1.2 million non-household customers when the market opens to choice in 2017.
This new software system will be similar to the work Bridgeall has already done in Scotland for the Central Market Agency and the Scottish Water Industry. This was introduced in April 2008 when Scotland was the first country in the world to offer non-household customers a choice in their water supplier.
Stephen Beer, Managing Director, Bridgeall says: “The introduction of a competitive market is major step-change and, as with previous changes to utilities markets, this will bring challenges for the English water sector. Our experience in the Scottish market makes us uniquely qualified to make a very significant contribution to the success of the Central Market Operating System for the English market.”
He added: “This contract win will potentially open up many other opportunities with English and Scottish water companies as we further establish ourselves as experts in this market.
We will be increasing our staff by creating five new jobs including Software Developers and Solution Architects. We pride ourselves in harvesting home grown talent and creating highly skilled job opportunities in Glasgow. As well as recruiting more staff we are continuing to heavily invest in training and up skilling our existing staff.”
As a Scottish Microsoft partner who specialise in Dynamics CRM and SharePoint, Bridgeall will build the wholesale charges calculator on a Microsoft .Net framework, and will employ automated testing using a wide range of test scenarios to ensure the accuracy and correctness of the implementation of this £2billion market.