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Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas

April Utilities Community Newsletter: Sharing our Challenges Through Networking

Compiled by Marc Rosson with contributions from Nicole Huth and many others:



The Next Decade of Utility Transformation – SMUD’s 2030 Vision – Paul Lau, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager from SMUDApril 8th

SMUD’s 2030 Zero Carbon plan is among the most ambitious in plans in the U.S. and will serve as a model for how communities and regions transform themselves in the post-pandemic world where that faces increasingly occurrences of extreme climate related events. Understanding SMUD’s plan and the unique landscape facing midsized utilities, their appetite for innovation, and the challenges they face will help utilities and their strategic partners better plan for the future. In addition, the post-pandemic world will yield significant opportunities for utilities to take advantage of digital solutions to make data-driven business decisions and improve operational efficiency. Paul Lau, CEO and GM for SMUD and SAP’s Jay Castleberry will be presenting.


SAP Centric EAM aka ASUG Best Practices: SAP for EAM – April 12th-14th.


ASUG Express: Utilities Insights 2021 – April 27th 10:00 am PDT

April 27 AES is presenting at ASUG event they are our first RISE with SAP customer. One more topic that can be of interest to the group is BPI.

What is available?  What is coming from SAP that can help utilities rethink business process modernization with SAP BPI.


Customer Connection Project: The collect phase of the Customer Connection project SAP for Utilities on-premise 2021 is currently running, meaning that SAP customers worldwide are being asked to submit improvement requests until April 30th 2021.


ASUG Next-Generation SAP Center of Excellence Virtual Conference – May 4-6, 2021


International SAP Conference for Utilities from May 18-20, 2021

Learn more about the latest innovations from SAP and partners, listen to customer presentations from E.ON, Enbridge, Société wallonne des eaux (SWDE), Nampower, Farys, Energy Queensland, Welsh Water and Wien Energy. Meet online with SAP experts and partners at the virtual exhibition. The Early Bird price of €99 is only available until April 16th.  >>LINK | >>Blog


Next-Generation SAP Enterprise Architect Insights  – May 27th, 2021

Planning is underway for all the enterprise architects to come together and share insights.   Would be great to have all the Utility Enterprise Architects together.


Call for Papers:

2021 SAP for Utilities Conference – Call for Papers now Open – Conference will be in October


2021 ASUG Forward Conference – Call for Papers now Open – Closes April 16, 2021


Source: ASUG


On Demand/Upcoming:


Rise with SAP for Utilities:

Commercial framework to bundle the different cloud components   >>Blog


On Demand: SAP Industries Live 2021: Utilities Event: On March 2nd, the external SAP Industries Live Utilities event took place virtually. Get an overview on SAP Cloud for Utilities, SAP Cloud for Energy, and an interview with Stephan Kempken from E.ON about the industry cloud from a customer perspective >>video

C/4 HANA Discussion:

SMUD and SAP Utilities will share their Customer Preference Center they have implemented including both CDC (Customer Data Cloud) and C/4 Marketing in combination with their on premise CRM in May/June.


FSM-Dispatch/Scheduling Discussion:

TECO-People’s Gas is currently blue printing their SAP FSM Dispatch/Scheduling solution along with Asset manager and will be presenting in the May timeframe. If you are not in our Dispatch/Scheduling group and would like to be on the DL, please let us know.


Mobility Discussion:

Liberty Utilities is going live in May of 2021 with Asset Manager and will be presenting soon on their go live for Asset Manager in a Gas Utility.  If you are not in our Mobility group and would like to be on the DL, please let us know.


S/4 Discussion:

We had a very busy presentation schedule in February/March with Sempra, Southern California Edison, and we are planning both SW Gas and Duke in May.  If you are not in our S/4 group and would like to be on the DL, please let us know.


SAP EAM Influence Council:


SAP 2021 Events Calendar for Utilities:


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      Author's profile photo Martin Mysyk
      Martin Mysyk

      Thanks for posting Tammy. I noticed you had published a Utilities update back in April 2019 as well. You are a great supporter of the community. Keep it up!

      Author's profile photo Patrick Gans
      Patrick Gans

      Make sure you check out Tyler Sanderson in the ASUG EAM Best Practices conference. They'll be talking about using SAP's Work Manager and Microsoft PowerApps together to help streamline processes. Get more info here.