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.
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The ASUG Utilities Volunteers said “SIG’s should have lifecycles”. Hot topics change over time and they felt their structure should have a lifecycle
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Figure 2 shows the previous ASUG Utilities SIG structure.
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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.
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Figure 4 shows the new ASUG SIG structure on the left with the Value Map on the right.
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Figure 5 shows the new ASUG webcast series, starting in May.
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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
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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
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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)
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SAP said “4 key processes in Finance solution – all that is needed when run in memory”
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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
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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