Shari thanks Royce Bell, CEO of Accenture Information Management Services, for his contribution to this month's column.

Orchestrated correctly, a data management system can be the transition from legacy cacophony to operational harmony. The New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation's largest state-owned electric utility, consistently provides some of the lowest-cost electricity and is excelling at the modernization. NYPA provides 18 generating facilities, including two large hydroelectric projects on the Niagara and St. Lawrence Rivers, and almost 1,500 circuit miles of transmission lines. Its customers include community-owned electric systems, public facilities and hundreds of businesses and other employers who depend on allocations of low-cost power linked to 400,000 jobs throughout the state. Each day NYPA asset managers face the challenge of determining constantly changing market conditions to ensure all parties receive the best possible price for power.

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