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ASUG Utilities Webcast: Better Equipped To Navigate Change

The ASUG Utilities SIG provided this webcast today, to explain their group’s restructuring and an update for 2015.


Figure 1: Source: ASUG

The ASUG Utilities Volunteers said “SIG’s should have lifecycles”.  Hot topics change over time and they felt their structure should have a lifecycle


Figure 2: Source: ASUG

Figure 2 shows the previous ASUG Utilities SIG structure.


Figure 3: Source: ASUG

Topics in Figure 3 are in gold; the foundation is in blue.  This ASUG SIG mapped their structure to the SAP Value Map for Utilities.


Figure 4: Source: ASUG

Figure 4 shows the new ASUG SIG structure on the left with the Value Map on the right.


Figure 5: Source: ASUG

Figure 5 shows the new ASUG webcast series, starting in May.


Figure 6: Source: ASUG

ASUG Utilities is working with SAP on a “micro site” for just utilities

Next week we will see communication go out

Henry Bailey, SAP Global VP, spoke on the ASUG webcast

He said he helps guide development organization, visits utilities around the world

North American utilities experience same issues as others around the world

Customers are changing

“SAP must change also”

Henry has 11 years with SAP and 25 years with Utilities

He mentioned predictive maintenance solutions


Figure 7: Source: ASUG/SAP

SAP announced S/4HANA earlier this year.

S for simplification

“4 is number after 3”

ERP announcement in 2004

4th generation on HANA platform


Figure 8: Source: ASUG/SAP

Henry said they have “over 282K customers in 190 countries across all 26 industries” with over $16 trillion in invoices

With S4/HANA, they can create new dynamic user interfaces with guided configurations, combining actual and historical data, to simulate processes

They take social data and texts


Figure 9: Source: ASUG/SAP

Figure 9 shows they can configure solution, to “tailor solution without customizations” with an on premise managed cloud (private)

Some SAP solutions are in public cloud (HR, procurement, Fieldglass, Concur)


Figure 10: Source: ASUG/SAP

SAP said “4 key processes in Finance solution – all that is needed when run in memory”


Figure 11: Source ASUG/SAP

With S4/HANA, you can have an reduced footprint, with up to 5 times reduction in database

The code is 2.5 compressed in porting suite to HANA

Actual and historical processes with S/4 HANA code line – compress up to 4 times into the future

With SAP’s Multi Channel Foundation you can  pull info from core system and present to employees and customers in simplistic process


Figure 12: Source: ASUG/SAP

On this slide, Henry said the network now has a “frictionless business process” to improve procurement processes, build networks

Henry said SAP applications touch 2/3 of global commerce

Today there is a “pro-sumer” with solar panels, renewable energy; need to change business quickly

“ASUG community is aligned to value maps” and coming at soon will have very detailed S/4 HANA roadmap for Utilities

Question and Answer:

Q: I apologize if this seems to be a stupid question, but this is the first time I have seen S/4. We have just moved to SAP HANA. When you speak of better forecasting, simulation of results or org structures is that done in Project Systems??

A: long answer…move to Simple Finance first, then move to S/4 HANA

Q: Will SAP FI-CA be optimized for S/4 HANA?

A: stay tuned for SAPPHIRENOW

Q: Will Simple Finance replace BPC?

A: As progress Simple Finance, look at simplify other processes – can’t say

Q: Any customers live with Multi Channel Foundation?

A: Yes, 5 customers in ramp-up – live – need to get permission from customers to talk – will have by SAPPHIRE

Q: is ISU available on S/4 HANA?

A: Yes ISU is available on HANA

ISU + Simple Finance is available today S/4 HANA

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