As an electric utility, you don’t get to decide if you will comply with NERC operations and planning standards, but you do get to determine how.
Many compliance teams still tackle compliance manually, with spreadsheets, email, repurposed project management or other tools, and maybe some duct tape. This works until it doesn’t: the list keeps getting longer, from an ever-increasing set of requirements to the growing load of tasks and actions associated with them, and your team is too small to handle everything effectively. Tasks fall through the cracks, people fall behind, so your overall compliance percentage falls, too. But you’re mandated to meet the requirements, you need to make sure your data stays within bounds, and you need to do it on an ongoing basis – which means at some point, you need a better solution.