March 30, 2011

Xcel Energy purchases iFactor Consulting’s Web Maps Connector

Xcel Energy has joined the growing list of utilities enjoying the benefits of iFactor Consulting’s Web Maps Connector (WMC).  Xcel Energy recently purchased WMC to enable access to ArcGIS Data Appliance tile layers from their Smallworld applications.  Users get access to high quality data that works with any Smallworld application, including PowerOn and SIAS.  WMC is typically used to access map data from the cloud, including data from Bing Maps, Open Street Map, Digital Map Products, and an expanding list of other sources.  This particular implementation, however, illustrates the versatility of WMC within the corporate firewall as well. “Xcel Energy is able to leverage the WMC to support data access from our core basemap reference data, the ESRI Data Appliance, within the Smallworld GIS,” said Scott Bundy, Xcel Energy Senior Solutions Consultant. “This enables data consistency across many software solutions throughout the company where we are able to utilize a single solution to support our work processes and minimize our software and data footprints.  iFactor’s WMC solution enabled us with rapid development and deployment of the product within our environments with excellent performance results.” The list of WMC-supported data vendors continues to grow at a steady pace, with the number of international resellers increasing as well, making WMC an accomplished and adaptable product used worldwide.  Xcel Energy’s WMC implementation of the ArcGIS Data plugin is yet more evidence of the flexibility with which WMC can be extended to integrate new data vendors. Xcel Energy is a leading combination electricity and natural gas company, with a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity customers and 1.9 million natural gas customers.  Xcel Energy has regulated operations in eight Western and Midwestern states, and has received awards and recognition from the American Wind Energy Association, Platts, and the Solar Electric Power Association. For more information on how your company can leverage the power of WMC, contact us at