Center for Computer Aided Power Sector Studies (C-CAPSS) has been consistently advocating for the computerisation of various select areas of operation of KSEB, right from its inception and was anxiously waiting for the successful completion of the present LT billing computerisation drive initiated by KSEB.
In 2003, Kerala state electricity Board implemented a LT billing software named 'JYOTHI' on proprietary Microsoft platform with hired expertise. The Board and the Government went after Microsoft® for ‘free of cost’ application software in return to selection of Microsoft® products for Operating System (OS) and Relational Database Management systems (RDBMS) for use in it’s various offices. The experience with the software developed ‘free of cost’ by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC), who were entrusted with the job by Microsoft®, which is in service from December 2003 was disastrous.
The KSEB Officers’ Association had come out against the “hidden costs” and also the “errors” in the platform on proprietary software at the time of its pilot launch in 2003 and the study report attracted much public attention.(Available for free download in our download section).
The LDF government, soon after coming to power, conducted a review of the computerisation programme and stopped the rollout of 'JYOTHI' to the remaining sections. The decision to go for free software using in-house talent followed soon. ORUMA(Open Resource Utility Management Application) on open source plat form was developed by the KSEB with its own expertise.