It was another beautiful blue California day when I landed at Orange County airport for the 9th annual SAP for Utilities conference in Huntington Beach. Over 1000 attendees were checking in – a record number which further establishes this conference a marquee event within the Utility industry. Even though it is billed as a North American event, there were utility professionals from over 20 countries in attendance.
The conference was kick-started on Sunday afternoon with presentations on the Utility solutions including the SAP S/4HANA for Utilities, IoT Applications, the SAP HANA Cloud Platform and other SAP Applications running on SAP HANA.
Henry Bailey, GVP Utilities
How to start:
The topic on everyone’s mind was the roadmap to SAP S/4HANA. How do we take our proven, SAP systems and move to the Digital Core that is SAP S/4HANA to enable the digital business transformation?
Tools to Help:
Peter Maier, GM for Energy & Natural Resources, walked the audience through a concept tool to be delivered at SAPPHIRE which gave insights into how customers and partners can easily configure their own roadmap to SAP S/4HANA by answering questions about their current products running today.
The tool then provides a guided process to build a list of equivalent Go to Products for SAP S/4HANA. For example, does the Utility have a “Cloud First” strategy for sales activities?
Once the user has answered the questions, the Go to Product list is buildout on the roadmap tool providing a suggested path forward.
Of course, SAP and SAP Certified Partners will be there to help ensure a smooth transition.
Many customers responded positively after seeing the presentations and understanding the roadmap to SAP S/4HANA. More on information can be found here.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the International SAP Conference for Utilities in Lisbon (http://uk.tacook.com/saputilities) and please follow me on Twitter @henry.bailey730 (Link: https://twitter.com/henrybailey730) and on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/henry-bailey)