SAP-Centric EAM and Supply Chain 2019 Preview

SAP-Centric EAM and Supply Chain 2019 Preview: Accelerating SAP S/4HANA and Building Your MRO Roadmap

SAP-Centric EAM and 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 SimpleVesta 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.  

 

 

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SAP-Centric EAM Preview: Boosting SAP EAM with SAP S/4HANA and SAP Ariba

SAP-Centric EAM Preview: Boosting SAP EAM with SAP S/4HANA and SAP Ariba

Whether it is laying the groundwork for SAP Leonardo or getting a clearer picture of the costs associated with enterprise asset management (EAM), there’s always going to need for a set of technologies in place to ensure modern processes can be enabled.

If you are an SAP user focused on enterprise asset management (EAM), the best (and perhaps only in North America) option out there to find content related to your line of work is the SAP-Centric EAM conference. That event is rapidly approaching, kicking off on Monday, March 26th in Austin, Texas. At SAP-Centric, SAP and Vesta Partners will be presenting on how to deploy the technology base for transforming and enriching EAM processes.

For those looking to build an EAM program around SAP S/4HANA®, Martin Stenzig, CTO of Rizing, will be presenting on how S/4HANA 1709 (that’s the September 2017 release) can be utilized to that end. This Monday workshop will be interactive and will be focused on specific scenarios where S/4HANA can be optimized for EAM.

Part of that optimization strategy will be Vesta’s EAM Codex solution, which seeks to help customers wrangle all the SAP products and services necessary for EAM into one place and implement them quickly—including S/4HANA, Geographical Interface Systems (GIS), preconfigured scheduled functionality with SAP® Multiresource Scheduling, (MRS), standard EAM KPIs, preconfigured mobility functionality with SAP Work Manager or Asset Manager, and enhancements to standard Linear Asset Management (LAM) and Compatible Units (CU) functionality.

The eventual goal of Vesta EAM Codex is to get SAP ERP customers to a place where they can start taking advantage of the newest technologies offered as part of SAP Leonardo, including the Internet of Things (IoT).

Connecting EAM to the Supply Chain

SAP Ariba® historically offered solutions focused on indirect procurement—buying those things that are necessary for the business, such as chairs, desks and laptops, but don’t always directly impact the creation of its products. Recently, Ariba’s software suite has taken more strides to be part of the direct procurement chain—which includes buying the materials necessary to maintain a company’s major physical assets.

“There are 200 standard integrations available from SAP Ariba into S/4HANA, and over 8,000 fields that can be integrated through S/4HANA and SAP ECC to keep them in sync with Ariba, no matter where the data point originates,” says Denise Powell, manager of supply chain and procurement at Vesta Partners, who will be presenting on the topic of integrating Ariba and EAM at SAP-Centric EAM on Tuesday afternoon.

Without Ariba integration into SAP ERP, Powell says customers on the EAM side having trouble keeping track of supply chain costs. They’d have to pull reports from multiple systems, and those costs weren’t always tied back to an asset.

SAP has expanded integrations between Ariba and SAP ERP in the last year, says Powell, and her presentation will take a deep dive into how SAP customers can utilize Ariba to get a clearer picture of their EAM supply chains.

Click here for the full SAP-Centric EAM agenda and schedule. See you in Austin!

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Vesta Partners Sponsors the 2018 SAP-Centric EAM Conference

Vesta Partners Sponsors the SAP-Centric EAM Conference

Vesta Partners is proud to sponsor the SAP-Centric EAM Conference from March 26-28 at the Hyatt Regency Austin. This is North America’s only asset management conference powering SAP users. Now in its 14th year, the event unites a thriving community of maintenance, reliability and asset management professionals. Stay on the cutting-edge of today’s strategies and technologies for managing your assets with expert guidance and training.

At the Conference, Vesta Partners will be unveiling it’s newest innovation: EAM Codex, a fully configured, geo-enabled, S/4 based EAM foundation for SAP Leonardo. Ready to go-live in just a few weeks. Click here to learn more about EAM Codex.

At the conference, two of our representatives will be speaking on the future of EAM. See below for more information.

S/4HANA: EAM In a Box – Martin Stenzig
Monday, March 26, 2018 – 1:00 PM CDT – Workshop 1

This workshop will show how S/4HANA 1709 can be utilized cradle to grave and outline the associated benefits. The interactive presentation will be scenario driven with as much time spend in the system as covering the content. The workshop is applicable to all customers no matter if they are new to SAP EAM, want to start with S/4 or are existing ECC customers seeking options to transition. Learn more about Martin

How to Succeed with Your Ariba/EAM Integration – Denise Powell
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 – 3:10 PM CDT – Track 4

SAP Work Order processes and procurement processes should co-exist without losing the benefits of any system tools implemented. Integration of EAM ECC/S4HANA functionality and Ariba greatly enhances the benefits to our EAM customers without losing Ariba’s benefits to the overall Supply Chain. Ariba/EAM Integration is key to gaining important information about requisitions, purchase orders, invoices, & more. Learn more about Denise

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Vesta Partners a Platinum Sponsor at the 2017 SAP-Centric EAM Conference

 

Vesta Partners a Platinum Sponsor at the 2017 SAP-Centric EAM Conference

 

Vesta Partners is proud to announce our continued support as a Platinum Sponsor of the 2017 SAP-Centric EAM Conference, taking place in Huntington Beach, California March 5th-8th.  SAP-Centric EAM is specifically designed for individuals involved in the maintenance or management of physical assets, including leaders, managers, directors and other professionals who are responsible for leveraging their company’s SAP investments and other enabling technologies across the entire IT infrastructure. Over 90 individuals from more than 40 SAP customer organizations who use the EAM solution collaborated, debated and provided targeted feedback at round-table discussions throughout the U.S. and Canada. Last year’s SAP-Centric EAM conference gathered over 500 SAP EAM professionals to celebrate the twelfth annual event.

This year Vesta’s own John Dwyer will conduct one of the SAP-Centric workshops taking place on Sunday, March 5th, 2017 titled “Applying Core SAP Functionality to Support Job Management”. The workshop is aimed at new and intermediate maintenance users and analysts with an interest in understanding the purpose and capability of SAP’s maintenance processing objects – notifications, work orders, measurements, task lists and maintenance plans. This intensive workshop will cover the functionality of these objects, and how to set up and utilize them to deliver your required business outcomes, and to support reliability initiatives and ISO 55000 alignment. Click here for more information.

Vesta Partners is excited to present several sessions at this year’s SAP-Centric EAM. These session include:

  • Len Harms kicking off SAP-Centric EAM with a keynote presentation “Many Planets, One Universe: How AusNet Services Aligned Their Planets to Improve Business Performance”with Paul Lane from AusNet Services.
  • Merle Moon and Thomas Bales from Newport News will be presenting the track – “From Best Practice Asset Classification to Leveraging New SAP Technology: SAP-PM Optimization at Newport News”.
  • Richard Crossan will be presenting a track with Sulman Haque from Owens Corning, where they will cover “Owens Corning’s Condition-Based Maintenance Strategy to Improve Preventative Maintenance Planning”.
  • Len Harms is presenting an extended Deep Dive session that will cover “Planning & Scheduling is More Than Changing Dates & a Pretty Graph” with Aleks Vujicic from VIZIYA.
  • John Dwyer will be hosting a track on “30 Solutions: How Do They Hang Together; What to Choose When”.

Join Vesta Partners in Huntington Beach March 5-8, register for SAP-Centric EAM !

Already registered? Visit our booth #3 while at the show. 

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Noel Fagan & BNSF presenting at this year’s SAP-Centric EAM

Noel Fagan & BNSF presenting at this year’s SAP-Centric EAM

Vesta Partners, Noel Fagan, will be presenting with Asim Ghanchi, BNSF‘s Director Technology Services at this year’s SAP-Centric EAM conference taking place at the HYATT Regency Denver. Mr. Fagan & Mr. Ghanchi will be presenting “Transforming your Field User Experience Through Mobility (in a Disconnected Environment)” on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 at 11:45 AM MST. Here is a description of their track session:

In 2010 BNSF Railways undertook to transform the way the 66k kilometre rail network was maintained and recorded. Foundational work was undertook to validate all rail network assets and reconstitute the system in a linear/spatial method. Central to this strategy was to subsequently present to field inspectors and maintainers a mobile solution that would allow for all interactions to use imagery, linked documentation and dynamic master data queries and update. The subsequent mobile solution needed to work in a disconnected mode for days at a time and handle thousands of records. The entire mobilized field force for BNSF will eventually reach 7k+ users and the UX had to support all system interactions beyond maintenance.

Key Points Covered:

  • Show the BNSF EAM transformation project and UX/Mobility Component
  • Explain Master Data foundational Transformation
  • Explain Technical Architecture and Challenges
  • Demonstrate Mobile Solution Master Data Rendering Options
  • Demonstrate Mobile Solution Work Management Rendering Options
  • Discuss ROI and Funding Considerations

Join Vesta Partners at this year’s SAP-Centric EAM, stop by booth #1 to talk to our representatives. Click here for more event information.

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Mark Scott to present at SAP-Centric EAM 2016

Mark Scott to present at SAP-Centric EAM 2016

Join Mark Scott, Vesta Partners Principal Education Manager at SAP-Centric EAM taking place at the HYATT Regency Denver this year, for an in depth look at how the Hershey Company significantly improved their scheduling by upgrading their MRS solution. Mark Scott will be co-presenting with Linda Dietzal, Business Transformation Manager, Manufacturing & EAM at The Hershey Company on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016.

Here’s a sneak peek of the presentation:

Hershey started using MRS 610 in 2009 and decided to upgrade to MRS 900 in 2015. Hershey wanted to take advantage of their five+ years of MRS experience when making new design decisions and take advantage of significant new functionality. As this was one of the largest version jumps for SAP, it brought its own set of challenges. In this presentation you will learn about the challenges Hershey faced, the MRS functionality they have taken advantage of to improve scheduling and gain user adoption using MRS 900.

Keys elements of the project included conducting detailed blueprint sessions, which became the foundation for all other configuration, data, and user training activities that followed. Important considerations were to move away from using 1:1 relationships to Split Assignments and to begin using Operation User Statuses as part of the new work process. Scheduling thought leaders in each plant provided input on an improved work process and how MRS would support it, including significant changes to transactional data required for the upgrade.

Key Takeaways:

  • Move from a version of MRS that is getting more difficult to get support to a version that will be supported for years to come
  • Consistent and standard process defined against which to measure scheduling work performance
  • Maintenance scheduling process has become more efficient, requiring less effort than before

For more information about SAP-Centric EAM 2016, click here.

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Join Vesta Partners SAP-Centric EAM Workshop

Join Vesta Partners SAP-Centric EAM Workshop

We are thrilled to announce that Vesta Partners will be conducting a workshop at the upcoming 2016 SAP-Centric EAM event, taking place at the Hyatt Regency in Denver, Colorado. We invite you to join our very own Mark Scott  and Benjamin Mansi as they share their knowledge and experience on the topic of “Applying Core SAP Functionality to Support Job Management” (Workshop #1), on Thursday March 10th, 2016.

This workshop is aimed at new and intermediate maintenance users and analysts, who possess an interest in understanding the purpose and capability of SAP’s maintenance processing objects and their data. This intensive workshop will cover setting up and utilizing these objects and their data to deliver the required outcomes and analysis for your specific business needs. The aim is to provide some ideas, tips and tricks to assist you to gain a better understanding and get the most from this core functionality in its set-up and day-to-day usage.

Some key takeaways include:

  • “Tips and tricks” when it comes to Notifications, Orders, Task Lists, and Maintenance Plans.
  • Go home with ideas that you can put in place easily and with minimal assistance.
    a. Many of the ideas use standard functionality just sitting there waiting to be used.
    b. Some requires system configuration, very little needs programming.

Join Vesta Partners this year at SAP-Centric EAM, click here for more information.

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Martin Stenzig to present at SAP-Centric EAM 2016

Martin Stenzig to present at SAP-Centric EAM 2016

Vesta Partners, Martin Stenzig, will present with Jeff Smith from Fairfax Water at the 2016 SAP-Centric Conference at the HYATT Regency Denver. Their session “Focus on EAM – Top 10 Ways to Squeeze More Value from Your SAP EAM Investments” will take place on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 at 12:15 PM MST.

During this session, presenters will share expert ideas on how you can drive more value from your SAP EAM investments today and in the future. Not a sit and listen session, this interactive presentation will give you the opportunity interact with us to ask questions and share your thoughts. You will leave this session with a number of key takeaways to put into action in your organization.

Key Takeaways:

  • Making companies aware of existing functionality they could be using today in their SAP EAM systems
  • Making companies aware of improvements SAP has made in Enhancement Packs and Customer Connection programs
  • Showing Tips and Tricks that companies might not be aware

Join Vesta Partners at SAP-Centric EAM 2016, we will be located at booth #1. Click here for more information about SAP-Centric EAM 2016.

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Vesta Partners a Platinum Sponsor at 2016 SAP-Centric EAM Conference

Vesta Partners a Platinum Sponsor at 2016 SAP-Centric EAM Conference

Vesta is proud to announce our continued support as a Platinum Sponsor of the 2016 SAP-Centric EAM Conference, taking place in Denver, Colorado March 7-10. Vesta specializes in Enterprise Asset Management, providing solutions for several major companies. SAP-Centric EAM is a great conference that let’s us share our expertise and strategies.

SAP-Centric EAM is specifically designed for individuals involved in the maintenance or management of physical assets, including leaders, managers, directors and other professionals who are responsible for leveraging their company’s SAP investments and other enabling technologies across the entire IT infrastructure. Over 90 individuals from more than 40 SAP customer organizations who use the EAM solution collaborated, debated and provided targeted feedback at roundtable discussions throughout the U.S. and Canada. Last year’s SAP-Centric EAM conference gathered over 500 SAP EAM professionals to celebrate the eleventh annual event.

This year Vesta has three representatives speaking at SAP-Centric EAM. Don’t miss Noel Fagan present Transforming Your Field User Experience Through Mobility (In a Disconnected Environment). Mark Scott will be presenting Improved Scheduling at Hershey by Upgrading MRS. Martin Stenzig will have a presentation the Top 10 Ways to Squeeze More Value from Your SAP EAM. Mark Scott and Benjamin Mansi will be conducting a workshop on the final day of SAP-Centric EAM. Sign up today for their workshop title “Applying Core SAP Functionality to Support Job Management”.

Join Vesta Partners in Colorado March 7-10, register for SAP-Centric EAM !

Already registered? Visit our booth #1 while at the show. 

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Vesta is a Platinum Sponsor at 2015 SAP-Centric EAM Conference

Vesta is a Platinum Sponsor at 2015 SAP-Centric EAM Conference

Vesta is proud to announce we will be a Platinum Sponsor at 2015 SAP-Centric EAM Conference, taking place in Huntington, California March8-11. Vesta Partners specializes in Enterprise Asset Management and have provided solutions for several major companies. SAP-Centric EAM is a great conference that let’s us share our expertise and strategies.

SAP-Centric EAM is specifically designed for individuals involved in the maintenance or management of physical assets, including leaders, managers, directors and other professionals who are responsible for leveraging their company’s SAP investments and other enabling technologies across the entire IT infrastructure. Over 90 individuals from more than 40 SAP customer organizations who use the EAM solution collaborated, debated and provided targeted feedback at roundtable discussions throughout the U.S. and Canada. Last year’s SAP-Centric EAM conference gathered over 500 SAP EAM professionals to celebrate the tenth annual event.

This year Vesta has four representatives speaking at SAP-Centric EAM. Don’t miss Rob Ericsson and Bret Rodenbeck present The New Normal: Mobility and User Experience for EAM. Natalie Christensen will be presenting Identify Your Technology Pillars To Form The Core Of Your Solution. John Dwyer will have a presentation on Applying Core SAP Functionality To Support Job Planning & Scheduling.

Join Vesta Partners in California March 8-11, register for SAP-Centric EAM today! Don’t forget to stop by booth 20 at the Hyatt Regency and talk to Vesta Partners representatives and see how we can help you!

 

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