James Barnes City of Tallahassee

“My advice: Get the best and brightest, get them engaged early and throughout the entire process. When you’re looking at a multi-year, multimillion-dollar deployment, the journey is equally as important as the destination. If you have individuals that understand that, it’s a win-win for everybody involved.”

James Barnes,
Chief Customer Officer, City of Tallahassee

Itineris Customer: City of Tallahassee

Opportunity

The City of Tallahassee, Florida (COT) supplies water, wastewater, electricity, gas, and refuse services to more than 106,000 customers in the state capital, Tallahassee, and parts of unincorporated Leon County.

The fourth largest multi-service municipal utility in Florida, COT maintains an absolute dedication to providing safe, reliable service to its customers and recognizes that proactively replacing aging utility infrastructure with modern solutions is crucial to delivering on that promise.

COT’s aging legacy, on-premise customer information system (CIS) was among those systems due for replacement. They initiated the procurement process by sending an RFP to 78 different solutions vendors. COT went on to closely evaluate 14 CIS solutions providers. But one stood out from the rest.

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Solution

COT required a CIS solution that could:

  • Empower employees through easy and immediate access to data

  • Provide automation to streamline workflows and improve efficiencies

  • Deliver out-of-the-box, workflow-oriented solutions

  • Be managed in a secure and reliable cloud environment, paired with an ongoing SaaS support model

  • Deliver superior customer engagement

After a thorough evaluation of leading utility CIS vendors, COT selected Itineris’ UMAX, a native cloud-based solution built on the Microsoft Dynamics 365 platform.

Not only did UMAX fulfill every major technical requirement, but Itineris also possessed an impressive record as a vendor focused on customer partnerships and an absolute commitment to project success.

The implementation of the UMAX CIS and Customer Self-Service System (CSS) at COT:

  • Provided efficient access to critical decision-making information

  • Reduced silos within COT’s various functional units

  • Delivered faster, more reliable business processes through operational efficiencies, including automated workflows and queue management

  • Empowered COT’s end users with an enhanced customer experience and additional self-service capabilities, which also reduced inquiries and turnaround times

  • Ensured COT could flexibly adapt to future requirements, including rates, service orders, workforce management planning, and more

  • Provided data consumption, demand response, and predictive forecasting to support the city’s expansion into solar energy initiatives

Selection

Itineris competed against a staggering fourteen vendors offering solutions for COT’s CIS replacement project. The procurement was managed by AAC Partners, a leading consulting firm specifically focused on the tier one and tier two utility space. This proved an extremely competitive process where Itineris was chosen based on the following scoring criteria:

Itineris & UMAX cited differentiators by COT

  • Layout and navigation of UI

  • Payment arrangement functionality

  • Cases

  • Flexible collections process, including bankruptcy management

  • Chatbot and social media integration

  • Wizards for intelligent business processes / workflow management

  • Microsoft ecosystem and stability

  • Clear delivery blueprint and risk management assessment

Tallahassee Final Scoring

“Took time to understand our business, very well prepared.”

“Product design and Microsoft integration is fantastic”

“By far the most modern, forward-looking user interface.”

“Clearly understands integration requirements and our needs.”

Results

James Barnes City of Tallahassee

“We were all connected and had skin in the success of this project. That’s one of the things I like about our partnership with Itineris. It makes a difference when you work with someone who has your similar values and culture. That’s very critical and you can’t put that in an RFP.

James Barnes,
Chief Customer Officer, City of Tallahassee

With project go-live mere weeks away, the project team from Itineris and COT maintain an optimistic outlook filled with eager anticipation and enthusiasm at reaching the conclusion of a two-year-long implementation process that has involved hundreds of personnel. They’re proud to have contributed to the successful delivery of a CIS solution that will serve the city and its residents well for years to come.

An award-winning utility

James Barnes Customer Executive Icon Award

Customer Executive Icon Award 

James Barnes, chief customer officer at the City of Tallahassee, received the prestigious Customer Executive Icon Award at the 2022 Cloud for Utilities Summit in Beverly Hills. The Icon Awards spotlight projects, initiatives, and executives who are helping to move the utility industry forward. This was the first inaugural award ceremony conducted by Cloud for Utilities.

City of Tallahassee public utility award

The #1 public utility in America

The City of Tallahassee has been recognized as the #1 public utility in America for three consecutive years (’20 to ‘22). The American Public Power Association’s (APPA) E. F. Scattergood System Achievement Award recognizes the top public utility in the country for demonstrated achievements that made a difference in the community, improved service to customers, and enhanced the profile of public power.

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