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In my 17 years at SAP, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with hundreds if not thousands of customers. None however, inspire me quite like the members of our North America utilities community. Since we wrapped nearly a year ago at our leading industry conference, SAP for Utilities, I’ve covered a lot of ground and thousands of miles. In my travels, I’ve met with some of the most intelligent, innovative customers, across all areas of the utility business. They continue to put technology at the forefront of their priorities and investments, they collaborate with SAP to enhance their business processes and in turn strengthen our offerings. These utilities possess relentless ingenuity, and they are committed to achieving operational excellence. They do all of this to better serve their customers as they aim to become more agile and prepared for whatever tomorrow may bring. Together, each utility professional from business user to executive board member are succeeding in a new dynamic consumer and data-driven era. They are doing this by achieving the Ultimate State of Readiness.  The SAP for Utilities team has reconstructed our annual industry awards for this year’s conference, SAP4U 2015: Achieving the Ultimate State of Readiness. It’s our way of saying without hesitation and with complete gratitude, thank you for all that you do to better our communities.

SAP is thrilled to announce new categories and a new process for the 2015 SAP4U Excellence in Utilities Awards. Every year, the award program is a highlight at the SAP For Utilities conference. We take pride in celebrating the remarkable ways utilities use various SAP technology solutions to achieve their goals and support thousands of thriving communities across America.

2015 AWARD CATEGORIES

  • Utility Excellence Award (Utility of the Year)

This award will be presented to the utility that leverages SAP solutions in tandem with SAP cloud or on premise solutions, this organization will also demonstrate positive business results achieved by using SAP on premise solutions, show leadership in adopting cloud solutions, and exemplify vision and growth in IT and across the business.

  • Utility Better Business Results Award

Awarded to the utility that demonstrates how SAP solutions helped in the achievement of measurable ROI and in the attainment of strategic business objectives.

  • Utility Pioneer Award

Awarded to the utility that demonstrates how it is using one or more SAP solutions to increase engagement. The winning organization will show how employees are motivated, appreciated, and aligned to produce measurably better business outcomes.

  • Utility with a Purpose Humanitarian Award

Awarded to the utility recognized as a terrific place to work by employees and the local community. This organization also exemplifies a definitive “purpose” in giving back to its local community.

  • Utility Transformation Award

Awarded to a utility that has joined the SAP family in the last two years and demonstrates strong business results.

  • Partner of the Year

Awarded to the organization that has excelled in its partnership with a utility, and has extended the value of SAP solutions and services.

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NOMINATION PROCESS

On Wednesday, July 15, SAP utility customers and partners began to nominate their 2014-2015 projects for the SAP4U 2015 Excellence in Utilities Awards. New for 2015, SAP will recognize a humanitarian project completed by a utility, and an SAP partner that has demonstrated its commitment to delivering outstanding results – helping customers leverage the latest innovations to transform their businesses.

SAP utility customers and partners are honored through online-submitted success stories describing how SAP technology has helped change its business, drive success, become more innovative, and positively impact both its business and customers.  A panel of SAP executive and industry judges, the SAP4U 2015 advisory committee and independent industry experts, will determine the recipients, and the winners will be formally announced late August.  Note: A one week public voting process will take place beginning Monday, August 10th through Sunday, August 16th.  Stories with the most online votes will be considered heavily in the selection process the Week of August 17th.

The 2015 Excellence in Utilities awards are part of the SAP for Utilities conference, and are considered to be SAP’s premier customer and now partner recognition program for our North America utility community. The Excellence in Utilities awards will be presented annually to the top SAP customers and partner that have excelled in developing and growing their organization.  Award benefits include recognition at the SAP4U 2015 conference and evening events, mentions in SAP publications throughout the year, and admission for a member of the awarded team to attend SAP4U 2015 at no cost.

The Nomination Form will remain open until Friday, August 7. Contact SAP for Utilities with questions or for additional information. Good luck to all those that submit nominations. We look forward to announcing the winners at SAP4U in September!

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