Deep partnerships, design thinking: Enbridge’s Technology + Innovation Lab
The year 2020 certainly had its share of change and challenges. With the energy transition already underway, unprecedented levels of disruption and uncertainty have made it even more critical for our industry to turn challenge into opportunity and innovate to adapt. This is where the Enbridge Technology + Innovation Lab (T+IL or “the Lab”) comes in.
In Enbridge's Technology + Innovation Lab (T+IL), subject matter experts and technology specialists work together to explore new business opportunities, discover valuable insights, and work adaptively to advance real solutions.
Enbridge leverages the T+IL to solve complex business problems by connecting business and operations experts from across the company with technology specialists.
The T+IL uses cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning and predictive analytics to deliver innovative products that solve real business problems.
Tackling these challenges requires a new way of working.
Collaboration without boundaries means bringing subject matter experts and technology specialists together to explore new business opportunities, discover valuable insights, and work adaptively to advance real solutions.
Enbridge business units surface the ideas they believe can generate significant improvements in performance and productivity.
The T+IL adopts agile practices and design thinking methodologies, supplemented with coaching and communities of practice to connect diverse roles and experience from across the organization.
Diverse experience, skills, insights, perspectives and expertise are leveraged to build solutions and products that drive the most significant business impact.
Design thinking informs what problems we are trying to solve and why. The T+IL works with business users to understand the issues they face and focus on the business value, which sets the direction. Journey maps are developed to understand the story and associated experiences.
The T+IL incorporates agile practices in-order to decompose a complex problem and evolve solutions iteratively and incrementally based on continuous user feedback. The highly collaborative environment results in high-velocity delivery by the development team where value is realized in quick two-week increments, rather than the traditional delivery typically measured in months and years.
The key to this agile approach and design thinking approach is to continuously cultivate user feedback and course-correcting to keep improving and delivering both business and user value.
Adapting to changing conditions and user needs requires the ability to overcome, adapt and improvise.
The ability to adapt to changing business conditions and user needs requires a matching mindset of also being able to overcome, adapt and improvise. The T+IL continuously cultivates an environment of diversity and inclusion, bold thinking and accountability that builds resiliency and delivers on product outcomes.
Our products are focused in four strategic areas:
- asset health and monitoring
- asset utilization and performance
- customer experience
- productivity enablement for liquids, gas, and renewables.
We believe these focal areas will ultimately aid Enbridge in achieving our strategic Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) targets as the world shifts to a low-emissions future.
The T+IL approach enables Enbridge to reap the benefits of applied innovation and technology at scale and support the business areas that ensure the health and safety of our assets. The availability of more data and better data leads to better problem-solving and increased confidence and timeliness of critical data-driven decisions.