SAP for Utilities is the most comprehensive SAP for Utilities conference in North America, and for many utilities, the only conference they will attend this year. The conference showcases the most important stories, case studies, and best practices for the successful use of SAP solutions for utilities. This year's theme is Designing the Modern Utility. Get answers to how your utility’s current initiatives and future plans help support the modern utility and how to extract value from your current SAP systems.
September 15-17, 2013
Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, Huntington Beach, California
Getting the most from technology
The proliferation of communications and data technologies is redefining business models worldwide – power and utilities organizations not excluded. Technology is playing an increasingly pervasive role opening up new possibilities and creating new complexities. For asset intensive organizations, we can help by employing technology across a wide range of operations initiatives, to drive value by improving asset performance and achieving reduction in asset related costs.
Connecting with the customer
Tomorrow’s utility will likely need a flexible organizational structure and supporting business processes to harness the power behind an unprecedented amount of data. Companies can use this data to inform new product and service development, anticipate market needs, increase customer satisfaction, and boost revenue. The result should be a new, more collaborative type of customer relationship: one that puts the customer at the center of a utility’s business strategy.
Now is the time for finance organizations to act quickly and decisively in preparation for what lies ahead. Yet many still wrestle with inefficient, manually intensive processes, disparate systems, and non-integrated data structures, which may prove onerous, adding to the growing perception that finance is a cost center, rather than an enabler of value. Turning the tide at this inflection point requires aligning finance with your company’s overall strategy, and emerging from the expected recovery a more integrated business.
Generation Operating Excellence
For asset-intensive organizations, like utilities, improvement of asset performance and reduction in asset-related costs are critical challenges. Too often EAM processes are managed independently with asset and work management, planning, execution and measurement disconnected from enterprise goals. Systematically addressing gaps and opportunities across the four key elements of EAM can drive significant value.
Gain not pain: Managing capital projects
While a high-pressure environment is nothing new in the utilities industries, the current environment is, if anything, even more intense than usual. Regulated and unregulated entities are in competition for capital. Hovering over all this is regulation.
Enhance supply chain flexibility and delivery performance
In the power and utilities industry, supply chain has traditionally been regarded as a necessary cost burden to power supply and delivery businesses, understandable perhaps since a regular flow of materials is critical to “keeping the lights on.” That’s changing, however, as supply chain management leaders are under pressure to manage costs, simultaneously improve service to their business unit partners, and become more proactive participants in driving business success.
T&D Operational Excellence
PwC helps electric utilities transform T&D operations in response to regulatory, business, and technology changes.
Training Management Tools
PwC works with power and utility companies to understand their specific business processes and help them develop training plans and associated content to meet business requirements.
Future Custom Development Options
PwC has developed an SAP enhancement that allows any user to directly request an update to a functional location, equipment master, or many other technical objects by simply making the suggested update directly in the object.
Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Assessment
The foundation of a successful and beneficial Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) business process is the development of and compliance to general maintenance and industry-specific leading practices. Assessments are defined as the process of documenting, usually in measurable terms, knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs.
Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Services
Many companies have business requirements to take already scheduled work orders and assign the individual operations to a specific resource allowing them to gain real-time insight into resources for optimal work deployment. Effective work dispatching programs, such as though offered by SAP, offer this opportunity.
Ease of Use Tools
PwC works with Power and Utilities companies to understand their specific business processes to assist in building screens that group required tasks and functions to meet their business needs.
Mobile Work Manager
PwC works with Power and Utility companies to understand their specific work management business needs and then helps configures SAP's Mobile Work Manager to meet them.