Revitalizing EAM Operations at SAP Digital Supply Chain Info Day 2019
Today all asset-intensive industries face disruptive challenges from changing business models and higher cost pressures. However, the essentials of asset management have not changed. Companies still need to balance cost, risk, and performance, and now in accordance with evolving regulations.
The wave of change has come from the assets themselves, particularly the massive amounts of data they are producing. This data provides real insight into the performance and health of your heavy assets, but the challenge is having the right technology and process to be able to capitalize on the information.
Conventional maintenance management systems and processes are not enough. Asset Management teams need ways to turn that Big Data into usable information, as well as enable information transparency throughout the entire asset lifecycle and within the ecosystem of operators, equipment manufacturers, and service providers.
SAP, for example, provides the tools to modernize your EAM approach. This allows your organization to develop an environment in which you can manage asset-related information and processes throughout the complete asset lifecycle. Greater knowledge of an asset will positively affect your business from the top down by reducing maintenance cost, increasing asset uptime, and lowering operational risk.
Learn More About Modernizing EAM
Vesta will be presenting more on this topic at the SAP Digital Supply Chain Info Day 2019 at Royal Maxim Palace in Cairo, Egypt on April 16. There, our experts will dive into how EAM has changed and what it takes from a technology standpoint to keep your processes updated and able to handle Big Data.
We’ll review the benefits of good asset management, go over best practices, while running you through the best model for managing the asset lifecycle. We’ll also touch on the SAP and Vesta products that can help you update EAM at your business.
Ed Hudak of Vesta will be presenting on “Integrating GIS with SAP Software, LAM, and Geo-Enablement” on Thursday, April 4 at 11:45 am. This presentation will touch on why you should consider integrating geographical information systems (GISs) with SAP software. It will also discuss when to consider Linear Asset Management and the advantages of the SAP Geographical Framework.
There will also be discussion of the front office, with business processes that need to be considered when integrating GIS into SAP. Hudak will then dive into lessons learned from real-life examples of implementations across different industries. He’s experienced these projects first-hand and has a deep knowledge of how the integrations work.
Attendees to the conference can also hear about the latest technologies for the Oil and Gas and Utilities industries direct from top SAP executives. They will be presenting each day in the morning, along with several deep-dive sessions into SAP software and technologies throughout the event.
Both the Oil and Gas and Utilities sectors have a great need for Enterprise Asset Management. Vesta will be on hand at the conference with EAM experts like Hudak to help answer any questions you have about what’s new in EAM, and how you may incorporate that into your own strategy.
Come visit us on the show floor at the 2019 International SAP Conferences for Oil and Gas and Utilities to find out how you can better optimize your assets.
Vesta and SAP to Highlight Pipeline Integrity at Saudi Aramco Corporate Maintenance Forum
Pipeline integrity is a crucial part of the Oil and Gas industry. The goal is to have error, spill, and incident free operations for the sake of the public, employees, environment, and customers. Successful management of pipeline integrity can best be achieved through integrating data from enterprise asset management (EAM) processes to back office operational information.
SAP and Vesta Partners have partnered to create a Pipeline Integrity solution that provides that data integration and uses it to optimize pipeline maintenance. Vesta will be presenting on this solution at the 14th annual Saudi Aramco Corporate Maintenance Forum in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia on April 2-4.
How Pipeline Integrity Works
The SAP Pipeline Integrity solution is based on SAP S/4HANA and comes with a suite of preconfigured EAM, LAM, and GIS applications. These preconfigurations are enabled by Vesta EAM Codex, which incorporates many years of EAM implementation experience to find the best possible setup for certain scenarios. In this case, that scenario is Pipeline Integrity.
The suite of SAP products will enable a clear view of schedule risk via an automated solution integration. This will have positive impacts on planning and scheduling of maintenance, as well as optimized use of resources.
Pipeline Integrity also enables field operations by focusing on their roles and responsibilities. Employees in the field will see an intuitive user experience in SAP Work Manager or SAP Asset Manager that operates on any device with both online and offline capabilities.
Finally, Pipeline Integrity comes with a range of analytical tools to support the best decision-making. Analytics allows that integrated set of data across the business to become a resource in improving asset performance and maintenance. SAP Digital Twin functionality allows you to use data to build a digital version of the pipeline asset, capturing all relevant information and presenting in a single place.
Getting Started Quickly
Vesta and SAP have built a six-week program to assess and align recommendations for your pipeline project. In this, we will examine strategic objectives, current processes, current architecture, and your operating model.After that assessment, we will help you locate quick win opportunities, identify process opportunities, create a target architecture, choose implementation approaches, build a road map, and put together a business case.
The Saudi Aramco Corporate Maintenance Forum is not an open event, limited to the organization and its entities. However, this will be an opportunity for Pipeline Integrity to be put in front of customers and receive real customer feedback. You’ll be sure to see more from this solution in the Middle East region going forward.
SAP-Centric EAMand Supply Chain 2019 Preview: Accelerating SAP S/4HANA and Building Your MRO Roadmap
SAP-Centric EAMand Supply Chain 2019 Preview: Accelerating SAP S/4HANA and Building Your MRO Roadmap
The premier gathering of SAP EAM customers and partners—SAP-Centric EAM—is coming to San Antonio, Texas on March 18-20. The event features what’s current and what’s coming in the SAP EAM space, including roadmaps and new innovations along with expert presentations and customer stories.
SAP-Centric EAM will be co-located with SAP-Centric Supply Chain, and all attendees have access to both conferences. Let’s examine some of the highlights on the extensive agendas.
Accelerating the Move to SAP S/4HANA
If you are thinking about moving to SAP S/4HANA, but the idea of a long implementation is intimidating, consider attending the workshop “SAP S/4HANA 101—Vesta’s EAM Codex” on Monday, March 18 at 1:00 pm.
In this session. Vesta Partners Director Dominic Brennan and CTO Martin Stenzig will break down EAM functionality in the latest release of SAP S/4HANA. This will include a demonstration of a fully configured SAP S/4HANA system.
Attendees to “SAP S/4HANA 101—Vesta’s EAM Codex” will come away with a deep knowledge of SAP S/4HANA capability and ideas around how they can harness SAP S/4HANA’s features and functionalities. They’ll also learn how they can accelerate their implementation with the help of SAP EAM expertise.
Vesta’s Stenzig will also be leading a series of peer-to-peer roundtable discussions on EAM Strategy by Industry. In this session, you can expect to find others within your industry who have faced the same sort of challenges in digitization, standards and regulations, new technologies, and more. Participate in this conversation on Wednesday, March 20 at 2:55 pm.
How SAP S/4HANA Changes in Supply Chain
When SAP created SAP S/4HANA, it sought to simplify its code and eliminate redundant functionalities. For Supply Chain, that means plenty of changes, including some functions that have been combined, some that have been eliminated, and others that have been replaced.
In the session “How to Decide Your Future Road Map in SAP S/4HANA for MRO” Vesta Global Business Development lead for Supply Chain and Procurement Denise Powell will break down the major Supply Chain changes in SAP S/4HANA from previous SAP ERP iterations.
Powell will be joined by Kohler Corporation Maintenance System Project Leader Tom Wery to discuss the challenges his organization faced in building an MRO roadmap in SAP S/4HANA. You can hear both Powell and Wery on Tuesday, March 19 at 11:55 am.
Planning for the Unplanned
Scheduled maintenance is common—most organizations have set up specific times to maintain their assets. However, it’s no secret that there are unplanned corrective actions on equipment that often go untracked.
Tracking this unplanned work can be time-consuming. In the session “Focus on Planning/Scheduling While Optimizing Unavoidable Unplanned Work—Keep It Simple”, Vesta SVP of Manufacturing and Heavy Industries Ben Mansi will discuss tools and techniques that can be used to create simple and effective strategies to capture those unplanned maintenance activities.
Mansi’s session will be on Tuesday, March 19 at 11:55 am.
Tracking Materials with SAP to Stay Compliant
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requires traceable, verifiable, and complete data for gas transmission pipeline components. NorthWestern Energy will demonstrate how it addressed these requirements in its presentation “Implementation of SAP GIS, SAP Linear Asset Management, and SAP Geo Framework for Material Traceability.”
This presentation will detail the implementation that led to benefits in identifying the locations of traceable materials, single data entry, and geospatial tracking of work. You can see it on Wednesday, March 20 at 11:55 am.
Visit Vesta on the SAP-Centric and EAM and Supply Chain Show Floor
In between all the great sessions, be sure to stop by the Vesta booth on the SAP-Centric EAM and Supply Chain Show Floor. We’ll have experiences experts on hand to answer your questions on anything related to SAP EAM, and demos of our latest offerings.
Reinier van Doorn Joins Vesta Partners as Director Business Development for Vesta Europe
Rotterdam – February 4th, 2019 – Vesta Partners, a global professional services firm specializing in Asset Management and SAP EAM technology, is proud to announce the addition of Reinier van Doorn to the Vesta Partners European team. Mr. van Doorn joins the organization in the role of Director Business Development, with a focus on Energy and Utilities.
Reinier van Doorn worked more than 13 years for Alliander (previously part of Nuon) in various roles, latest as Enterprise Architect and Strategy Consultant in the CIO Office and Digital Strategy and Architecture Department. He also brings in consulting experience from his career at Accenture where he started his long and interesting journey in Utilities and SAP.
“I am very happy to join the Vesta Europe team,” stated Mr. van Doorn. “It is a unique opportunity for me to both learn from and share my experience with a team of global renown industry experts and support customers on their asset management journey. There are a lot of innovative topics in the space right now shaping the future towards an Intelligent Asset Management, based on Industry 4.0.”
“We welcome Reinier van Doorn to our team here in Europe and to our global community,” stated Dr. Achim Krüger, President of Vesta Europe. „His enthusiasm, knowledge and innovative thinking will help further enhancing our European footprint. Reinier will be instrumental in moving customers in the Utilities and Energy industry to the next stage in Asset Management. “
About Vesta, a Rizing Company
Vesta Partners is a professional services firm focused on SAP EAM solutions for customers in asset intensive industries. As an SAP Services and Select Consulting Partner, Vesta’s approach combines industry best practices with practical technology solutions to help customers track, manage and report on capital asset usage. In addition to its consulting services, Vesta offers proprietary software solutions addressing niche EAM demands. With offices located in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East, Vesta’s real-world experience and practical solutions deliver results that directly translate into efficiency improvements and real cost savings.
Analyzing SAP’s FKOM and the Idea of “Intelligent Enterprise”
Returning from SAP Field Kick-off Meeting (FKOM) Barcelona I would like to share some insights:
Between January 15 and 17, SAP kicked off 2019 at their regional EMEA/MEE FKOM event. Similar events were performed in other regions.
While there were no major strategy changes announced, a couple of things got re-emphasized:
Growth area for SAP will be Cloud, while On-Premise is being expected as stable.
SAP sees major opportunities for their new CRM which is C/4HANA.
Also, SAP is further promoting the transition from ERP to S/4HANA.
SAP introduced a new slogan “Experience Matters” which must be seen in conjunction with their acquisition of Qualtrics (see https://www.qualtrics.com/). The idea is to bring together business data from SAP with experience data from Qualtrics in the categories of Customer, Employee, Brand, and Product. This refers to the business’ ability adapting to change in the market, for example measured by the AQ (Adaptability Quotient).
All this enhances the paradigm of the “Intelligent Enterprise“, using data for driving outcomes in end-to-end mega-processes. This must necessary lead to an even better integration of the SAP products in the areas of Customer Experience (C/4HANA), Manufacturing & Supply Chain (IBP, ME, MII, PPM, AIN, ASPM,…), Digital Core (S/4HANA), People Engagement (SuccessFactors), and Network & Spend Management (Ariba, Concur). For more details on the solutions you may have a look into the SAP Solution Explorer (https://solutionexplorer.sap.com/solexp/ui/) or the published SAP Roadmaps (https://www.sap.com/roadmaps). Shaping your own journey into the new portfolio might start with the Transformation Navigator (https://support.sap.com/en/tools/upgrade-transformation-tools/transformation-navigator.html), a tool you can use to map out your existing landscape and see SAP’s recommendations for go-to solutions.
Following the idea of an “Intelligent Enterprise”, SAP has revamped their EAM offering under the headline of “Intelligent Asset Management“. This comprises of two major parts:
S/4HANA Asset Management for the parts of EAM in the Digital Core. This mainly comes back to what most people know under the term PM (Plant Maintenance), but with a new Fiori and WebDynpro harmonized user experience, completely new analytics, and quite some enhancements and continuous improvement. Additionally, components for planning and scheduling (e.g. MRS), work clearance management (WCM), or environment, health, and safety (EHS) reside here.
SAP Cloud Platform based applications that complement the Digital Core for flexibly realizing on innovation challenges. Asset Intelligence Network (AIN) for exchanging asset master and condition data between manufacturer, service provider, and operator. Asset Strategy and Performance Management (ASPM) for determining or improving on maintenance strategies using a variety of methodologies (like Asset Criticality Analysis, RCM, FMEA, Root-Cause Analysis). Predictive Maintenance and Service (PdMS) for monitoring asset health data and initiate maintenance events when needed. Predictive Engineering Insights (PEI) for modeling physical structures and simulate stresses and strains.
Asset Central acts as the layer for common functionality of the EAM cloud applications as well as the information broker between S/4HANA and Cloud Platform. In this regard, it can also be seen as SAP’s new asset cloud registry for both master data and real-world information.
In essence, Intelligent Asset Management follows the idea on an Intelligent Enterprise by establishing data-driven asset management processes that are based on the Digital Twin, a virtual representation of the physical asset with all relevant up-to-date information, accessible in the cloud.
In its main pieces, the concept also works in combination with SAP ERP, hence there is no reason to postpone innovation, just because an S/4HANA transition is yet to come. Intelligent Asset Management allows for building the big picture, then consuming the pieces step-by-step.
Rizing Promotes Bill Sarubbi to Chief Sales Executive
Stamford, CT – January 14, 2019 – Rizing, LLC the parent company of Vesta Partners, Rizing HCM and /N SPRO Consumer Industries is pleased to announce the promotion of Bill Sarubbi to Chief Sales Executive (CSE) for Rizing, LLC.
“Rizing is experiencing a great deal of growth,” stated Mike Maiolo, CEO of Rizing. “To continue scaling appropriately and maintain our customer focus, Bill will focus his efforts primarily on business development opportunities across all lines of business for Rizing. Bill is a leader in the company and I have the utmost confidence in his abilities as the new Rizing CSE.”
Sarubbi commented, “I am excited and ready to embrace this new challenge and committed to helping all of our customers achieve excellence by developing long-term working relationships and ensuring they maximize the full value out of their investments in SAP.”
Mr. Sarubbi was formerly the Executive Vice President of North America Sales for Rizing. He also served as the Senior Vice President of North America Sales for Vesta Partners and NSPRO, both Rizing Companies. Mr. Sarubbi led the firm’s strategic sales initiatives focusing on new growth opportunities in North America.
Mr. Sarubbi has over 30 years of software and services technology experience. He joined Vesta from SAP where he most recently served as Client Director and the North American Lead for Global Energy and Utilities. In this role, he led teams of professionals building next-generation service offerings and capabilities for SAP Energy and Utility clients. Prior to SAP, Mr. Sarubbi spent 20 years in numerous senior executive and sales management roles and has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Pace University, Lubin School of Business.
Headquartered in Stamford, CT, USA, Rizing is a privately-held multinational company providing leading SAP functional and technical consulting services to its customers. Rizing is the parent company of Vesta Partners, a leading SAP EAM services firm (www.vestapartners.com), /N SPRO, a top SAP for Retail services firm (www.n-spro.com), and Rizing HCM the largest SAP SuccessFactors Services Firm in the world (www.rizinghcm.com). The Rizing businesses provide leading specialty SAP consulting services through deep industry experience and a proprietary approach to service delivery and use of IP tools. For more information, please visit www.rizing.com or contact: Rizing, LLC at +1 (203) 517-0400, email@example.com.
Stamford, CT – January 7, 2019 – Rizing, LLC, a privately-held multinational company providing leading SAP functional and technical services to its customers, announced today the acquisition of Synchrony Global, an SAP® SuccessFactors® Professional Services Firm headquartered in Singapore, with offices throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Synchrony Global is a market leader in Asia Pacific with a focus on SAP SuccessFactors Certified Professionals as well as a strong Business Process Outsourcing service. Synchrony joins /N SPRO HCM, Aasonn and 3D Results as part of Rizing’s Human Capital Management (HCM) business, which was recently rebranded as Rizing HCM.
Mike Maiolo, CEO of Rizing, stated, “We plan to continue to scale both organically and through acquisition for the next number of years. Bringing Synchrony into the Rizing family with its Asia Pacific presence is a natural next step in our growth strategy in the SAP space. The combined entity provides a complementary set of services and geographic coverage which will instantly provide value for our customers.”
The completion of the Synchrony acquisition further strengthens Rizing’s global position in the SAP SuccessFactors Cloud Software services market. The combination of firms provides a robust platform of depth and expertise to service customers and provides the foundation for significant expansion of services, technology and geographies.
Luc Hédou, CEO of Rizing HCM stated, “As one of the fastest growing SAP partners and recipient of the SAP SuccessFactors Partner of the Year for APJ in 2017, we could not be more thrilled to bring Synchrony into the Rizing HCM family. By leveraging the broader organization, we can accelerate the growth of the organization both in the region and globally and provide tremendous value for our customers.”
Darcy Lalonde, Chairman and CEO of Synchrony Global, will join Rizing HCM as President of Asia Pacific. “At Synchrony, we set the goal to be a leader and bring world class Human Capital solutions across the Asia Pacific Region,” said Lalonde. “With Synchrony joining Rizing HCM, we are excited to deliver Synchrony’s award-winning solutions on a global scale to organizations of all sizes, while providing clients worldwide our implementation capabilities, product and industry expertise, and a full suite of Ongoing Platform Support and continuous improvement services.”
With Rizing’s investment partner, One Equity Partners (OEP), Rizing HCM has become one of the strongest partners in the SAP SuccessFactors ecosystem through their combined end-to-end experience and leading number of implementations globally. With the addition of Synchrony, Rizing HCM has over 900 customers, making it one of the largest SAP SuccessFactors consulting firms in the world.
About Rizing, LLC
Headquartered in Stamford, Conn., USA, Rizing is a privately-held multinational company providing leading SAP functional and technical consulting services to its customers. Rizing is the parent company of Vesta Partners, a leading SAP EAM services firm (www.vestapartners.com), /N SPRO, a top SAP HCM, SAP SuccessFactors and SAP for Retail services firm (www.n-spro.com), Aasonn, a prominent SAP SuccessFactors Services Firm (www.aasonn.com), 3D Results, a SAP SuccessFactors Gold Partner (www.3dresults.com) and Synchrony Global, SAP SuccessFactors Partner of the Year for APJ in 2017 (www.synchronyglobal.com). The Rizing businesses provide leading specialty SAP consulting services through deep industry experience and a proprietary approach to service delivery and use of IP tools. For more information, please visit www.rizing.com or contact: Rizing, LLC at +1 (203) 517-0400, firstname.lastname@example.org.
About One Equity Partners
OEP is a middle-market private equity firm focused on the industrial, healthcare, and technology sectors in North America and Europe. The firm builds market-leading companies by identifying and executing transformative business combinations. OEP is a trusted partner with a differentiated investment process, a broad and senior team, and an established track record generating long-term value for its partners. Since 2001, the firm has completed more than 180 transactions worldwide. OEP, founded in 2001, spun out of JP Morgan in 2015. The firm has offices in New York, Chicago, and Frankfurt. For more information, please visit www.oneequity.com.
Mastering SAP EAM Covers Cultural and Technological Transformation in Asset Management
True Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) transformation requires change from all areas of an organization—from technology and IT in the back office, to culture through the business in the front office. At Mastering SAP EAM in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, customers and partners will discuss that entire EAM process.
Senoko is Singapore’s largest power generation facility and recently revitalized an out-of-date SAP EAM system to match its current asset management needs, while also driving a cultural change that gave more ownership to the business. Senoko calls this Project Sunshine, and it will detail how it delivered this implementation during its Mastering SAP EAM presentation Senoko’s Project Sunshine – The Foundation to Improve & Enable Innovation. Driven by People on Tuesday, November 20 at 9:20 am.
Connecting SAP Ariba to EAM
How can SAP Ariba enhance with your company’s EAM processes? Denise Powell, Vesta Partners director of global business development for supply chain and procurement, will discuss how Ariba integrates with SAP ECC and SAP S/4HANA EAM functionality. To date, there are over 8,000 integration points between Ariba and SAP ERPs, many of which have come in the last year. Powell will walk attendees through the highlights of those integrations and provide examples of how connecting Ariba to SAP ERP systems can improve the SAP EAM process. Powell’s presentation, entitled How to Succeed with Your Ariba/EAM Integration can be seen at 1:45 pm on Tuesday, November 20.
Building an Effective EAM System
If you are arriving in Gold Coast by Sunday afternoon (November 18), Mastering SAP EAM kicks off early with two deep-dive sessions from Vesta Asia Pacific EAM Solution Architect John Dwyer on EAM Technical Objects (3:00 pm) and Regular Maintenance (4:15 pm).
In the Technical Objects talk, Dwyer will dig into the purpose, features, and setup of standard SAP functionality for Functional Locations, Equipment, and Bill of Materials to support key asset management objectives. Regular Maintenance will cover the important elements in setup of effective regular maintenance, including gathering measurements, structuring task list libraries, and the powerful scheduling capabilities of maintenance plans.
Visit Our Booth
Vesta is a premier partner for Mastering SAP EAM. Find us on the show floor, where our EAM experts can talk with you about your own SAP EAM transformation. Stop by for a chat and we’ll have something cool and voice activated to give away.
SAP for Utilities 2018 to Highlight Innovation in the Utilities Space
SAP for Utilities, one of the world’s largest industry-specific SAP events, kicks off on Monday, October 15 in San Antonio, Texas. The show will feature some of the best utilities across North America sharing their SAP journeys, along with presentations by SAP on the roadmap for technology in the Utilities space. Rizing is a Gold Sponsor of the event and two Rizing business units—Rizing HCM and Vesta Partners—will be in attendance.
We encourage you to attend two sessions in particular. The first, a special expanded “Redefining Asset Management in the Digital World” workshop, which runs from 2pm to 5pm on Monday afternoon. The workshop, co-hosted by SAP and Vesta Partners, will cover SAP’s next-generation cloud tools for asset management, including SAP Leonardo and Machine Learning. It will then dive into how to build the right environment for managing asset-relating information, and to eventually positively transform business processes with modern technologies.
Topics covered in the session will include collaborative asset networks, predictive maintenance, intelligent scheduling, and mobile enablement.
On Tuesday, head over to the operations track to see NorthWestern Energy’s lecture entitled “Traceable, Verifiable & Complete: Implementation of GIS-SAP, LAM & GEF for Material Traceability.” In this session, NorthWestern will cover its 2018 project to address the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) requirement for traceable, verifiable, and complete data for gas transmission pipeline components.
The project included a transition to SAP Linear Asset Management and implementation of SAP’s new Geo Framework of gas transmission assets and work management—believed to be the first such implementation of its kind.
Excellence in Utilities Awards
For the 11th year, SAP will recognize utilities for excellence across four categories—Utility of the Year, Excellence in Customer, The Purpose Driven Utility, and Excellence in Operations. Congratulations to all nominees, which are listed on the SAP for Utilities website.
Visit Rizing on the Show Floor
Both Rizing HCM and Vesta Partners will have a joint booth on the show floor, combining under the Rizing umbrella. At our booth, you can find insight and demos on products ranging from Enterprise Asset Management to SAP SuccessFactors and HCM. Stop by, say hello, and see how the combination of Rizing HCM and Vesta Partners can help your company achieve success from the back office to the front office.