An agile approach, a series of joint design workshops and short sprints distributed over the space of a few months – that’s what it took to create E-Point, a digital marketplace for the buying, selling, exchanging and sharing of energy and services that we have helped develop at record speed. Merely implementing the individual steps of the procurement process hasn’t been enough for quite some time now. In delivering E-Point our aim was to ensure that our customer GVS can digitally support its clients’ entire customer journey.
Stuttgart-based GasVersorgung Süddeutschland (GVS) has been a trusted partner of municipal utility companies, regional energy suppliers and industrial businesses both in Germany and abroad since 1961. Other than gas and power products, GVS offers its market partners a wide range of energy-related services, with a focus on online transactions executed via the E-Point platform.
The digital transformation brings new challenges for many types of businesses, energy companies included. EXXETA has been chosen to support GVS’s digital journey as the company’s value+ partner. The starting point on this path was the development of E-Point, a digital marketplace where participants can buy, sell, exchange and share energy and services. The aim behind this initiative was to provide a single space where (new) GVS customers could find as much information relevant to their business as possible and to simplify and automate business processes as well as monitor and analyse them in a professional manner.
The aim of the development was to bring together as much relevant information as possible for GVS's (new) customers and to simplify and automate business processes as well as to monitor and analyze them professionally.
In recent years, GVS has developed from a pure gas supplier to a modern energy service provider. This position should be further expanded by operating a strong platform for its customers. The platform focuses on the digitalized sale of energy products and related services. This goal was to be achieved by developing new tools and seamlessly integrating already established GVS tools. A fast implementation speed, a close exchange with the future users of E-Point and a short time-to-market were decisive for the success of the platform. Topics in which EXXETA is at home thanks to many years of industry and technology know-how.
With the EXXETA Platform Suite, E-Point is based on a state-of-the-art technological architecture and offers access to the energy management tools developed by EXXETA as well as applications from other manufacturers.
EXXETA developed for GVS E-Point tools for live monitoring of market prices, for easy data management of the invoicing balancing group BIKpool, "My Portfolio" for retrieval and administration of own balancing group management, portfolio, contract or third-party quantity data, as well as other tools for REMIT services. In addition, areas have been created that include training and consulting services as well as the display of market news and own invoices in order to simplify the client's daily business operations. In addition, the use of the online platform reduces process costs for both business partners and GVS.
EXXETA accompanies GVS beyond the development stage and has in-depth knowledge and many years of experience with regard to applications and their operation. The EXXETA IT Infrastructure & Services team takes over hosting, operation, and support for ITIL-based processes for E-Point. GVS thus benefits from great flexibility, scalability and reliability.
"Business transactions can be prepared, executed and tracked efficiently, transparently, securely and at minimal process costs via the online marketplace E-Point. Our customers receive all important market and price information as well as direct market access for buying and selling gas and electricity at real-time prices. Above all, the cooperation with EXXETA is based on mutual trust".
– Helmut Kusterer, Head of Sales and Services, GasVersorgung Süddeutschland GmbH –