Key Trends for SAP Utilities and Oil & Gas Customers

Key Trends for SAP Utilities and Oil & Gas Customers

What’s top of mind for SAP customers in the oil and gas and utilities sectors? The recent co-located International SAP Conference for Oil and Gas and International SAP Conference for Utilities events are certainly a good barometer, and Vesta Partners was there both presenting on and hearing from customers on key topics such as SAP Leonardo machine learning, usability and geo enablement.

The growing interest in SAP Leonardo and its applications to the energy sector was evident among the customers we spoke with. Our own Rob Ericcson presented on the topic of machine learning in Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and how integrating with SAP helps bring a full picture of asset health, and provides the data to build powerful machine learning algorithms to life.

EAM Mobilty—Online and Offline

On the usability front, SAP oil and gas and utilities customers want consistent interfaces that are accessible anywhere—including offline. Ericsson also presented on that topic—showing how Vesta’s Hydrogen solution helps customers build that seamless experience, and lets field workers access the data they need when there is no wireless connection available.

“Some customers are looking to take the next step in mobility and usability, making it better, cheaper, and faster,” says Ericcson. “Others are just trying to get their first mobility projects off the ground,”

Geo-Enabled Linear Asset Management

You can always locate our physical assets on maps, but those assets aren’t always easy to access even when you know the location. By geo-enabling an asset, companies can access more precise locations through useful visualizations, while also integrating important asset information.

“With geo enablement, linear asset management, and mobility, you can create a nice solution where 1+1+1=5,” says Ericcson.

Plenty of customers are interested in solving that equation, as Vesta’s Mike Golds presented to a packed crowd on how linear asset management data can integrate with geographical data.

A Modernized Energy Sector

It’s clear that oil and gas and utilities companies are moving forward with technologies such as mobility, machine learning and geo-enablement. SAP partners like Vesta are here to help organziations achieve those goals, using asset data to become more efficient.

See how Vesta can help you make 1+1+1=5.

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Key Trends for SAP Utilities and Oil & Gas Customers2018-05-09T23:26:36+00:00

Vesta Partners is Proud to Continue our Support as a Silver Sponsor at SAP for Utilities 2017

 

Vesta Partners is Proud to Continue our Support as a Silver Sponsor at SAP for Utilities 2017

 

Join Vesta Partners, September 10th – 13th at the HYATT Regency Resort & Spa in Huntington Beach, CA for this year’s SAP for Utilities North American conference. Vesta Partners will be exhibiting as a Silver Sponsor at this year’s SAP4U event.

The utilities industry continues to transform and evolve the way we interact with customers, data and assets, it is more important than ever to hear solutions and expertise from your peers on how to drive success with new technology and digital innovations. SAP for Utilities is the annual go-to event that unites over 1,000 utilities professionals from across North America and the globe. Join your peers from all sectors of the industry—including power generation, transmission, distribution, retail, gas, water, waste, recycling and more—to embrace innovative solutions, fresh ideas and thought-leading insights to improve your business performance.

This year Vesta’s very own Matt Bowman will be presenting alongside Loudoun Water’s Craig Lees in their track session “Loudoun Water Mobilizes SAP’s GEO.e for Improved Field Operations” taking place Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 at 2:10 PM. Here is a sneak peek of what their presentation will cover:

Since implementing SAP’s mapping technology, GEO.e, Loudoun Water has worked to deliver the benefits of an integrated geospatial solution to its 150+ operations staff when they are working in the field. The challenge was to find an easy way for these workers to manage their daily workload while eliminating an inefficient and labor-intensive paper-based process. To address this challenge, Loudoun Water selected, configured and deployed a water-industry focused GIS-enabled mobile solution and suite of apps to automate specific business functions including hydrant flushing, meter management, construction inspection and notification creation. By combining the power of GIS and GPS, coupled with integration to the SAP core system and delivered to a mobile device, we have empowered field users to manage their assigned work on a map and made it simple to create orders and notifications by interacting with a mobile GIS map. This presentation will provide an overview of the project drivers, mobile solution implementation, SAP integration, benefits and future plans.

Join Vesta Partners and featured speaker George W. Bush at this year’s SAP for Utilities conference, click here for more information on how to join us!

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Vesta Partners is Proud to Continue our Support as a Silver Sponsor at SAP for Utilities 20172017-06-28T17:44:30+00:00

4 Reasons to check out our booth @ 2017 International SAP Conference for Utilities

Vesta, a Premium Sponsor of the 2017 International SAP Conference for Utilities

Vesta is proud to continue our support as a premium sponsor of the 2017 International SAP Conference for Utilities, taking place on march 28-30 in Lisbon, Portugal. It’s a fantastic event where you can hear firsthand how SAP customers are staying ahead of the curve with a variety of sessions from strategic keynotes, to solution road-maps, global customer case studies, and deep dive workshops. With over 17 hours of interactive content and over 12 hours of undiluted networking time, the International SAP Conference for Utilities represents a truly unique and world-class learning opportunity for all who attend.

If you are attending the event, or are still just considering it, check out the below 4 reasons why stopping by the Vesta booth is a must:

1.  Speak to real world industry experts about your unique Utilities business needs… for absolutely no cost to you!

More than ever, utilities are faced with increasing challenges in the form of growing stringent regulatory mandates, aging infrastructure, and economic and political forces. Efficiently tracking, managing and optimizing assets is critical to effectively deal with these challenges, and a comprehensive asset and work management system is essential to support the management of critical assets. Consider speaking to our Vesta real world experts while at the show, to help you navigate these challenges. Vesta is focused on helping Utilities put together the Asset System Puzzle: how should SAP EAM, SCADA, GIS and other critical systems work together? With SAP Enterprise Asset Management as the foundation, Vesta can help create a solution architecture that allows utilities to address asset challenges.

Vesta offers complete implementation and optimization services for SAP EAM solutions:

  • Project Portfolio Management
  • Plant Maintenance
  • Compatible Units
  • Real Estate
  • Asset Lifecycle Accounting
  • SAP Work Manager
  • Project Systems
  • Commercial Project Management (CPM)
  • Linear Asset Management
  • GEO.e/GIS Integration
  • UI/UX, including UI5/Fiori, Personas, NWBC,
  • BI/BOBJ/Lumira
  • IT/OT and EAM Data Analytics
  • Machine Integration/Intelligence and Condition Based Maintenance
  • Multi Resource Scheduling
  • Work Clearance Management

Vesta also offers numerous other services including:

  • Asset Management Strategy Development
  • ISO 55000/PAS 55 consulting and plan development
  • Business Process & EAM System Audit/Analysis

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2.  Discover the Asset Management Framework (AMF). Vesta’s proprietary framework on how we approach the business of Asset Management.

3.  Get an in-person demo of our simple and flexible EAM Mobility solution: Vesta Hydrogen

Learn how you can unlock the full potential of your SAP system by empowering asset management end-users to work seamlessly in the field (online/offline) or in the office using the same adaptive interface.

  • Modern Fiori-based UX that works on laptop, tablet and mobile devices (Windows PC, iOS & Android)
  • Fully functional offline to support field based work
  • Simple role based configuration for maintenance tasks
  • Flexible and lightweight architecture for an SAP EAM landscape with minimal impact
  • Developed, supported and backed by Vesta’s SAP EAM industry experts

4.  Find out what differentiates Vesta from the rest…

Asset Management isn’t just something we do. It’s all we do. Our most recent achievements and awards include:

  • CIO Review 20 Most Promising EAM Solution Providers
  • Consulting magazine’s Seven Small Jewels of Award
  • Voting member of US Technical Advisory Group helping to define the ISO 55000 standard

Our team members have Real World Experience from holding jobs in industries like yours. We know the software from actually using it. Our employees:

  • Are a global team of over 170 EAM professionals
  • Successfully completed 1000+ projects of all sizes
  • Supporting over 320 satisfied customers worldwide

Check out examples of our work within the Utilities Industry:

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Management Consulting to Define a Corporate Wide EAM Initiative

The Client is the largest energy utility in the state of Washington and considered mid-sized nationally. It is a combined gas and electric Utility company in the Pacific Northwest. Client is providing Electricity from Generation all the way to its 1.0 million customers

4 Reasons to check out our booth @ 2017 International SAP Conference for Utilities2017-02-03T18:37:55+00:00

Join Vesta’s Master Data Workshop at SAP4U 2016

Join Vesta’s Master Data Workshop at SAP4U 2016

The single workshop you just have to check out at this years SAP4U event…

 

Len Harms, Vesta Partners CSO, will be co-hosting a workshop during this year’s SAP for Utilities conference taking place in Huntington Beach, CA. Harms will be presenting ” Deep Dive into Master Data, Asset Intelligence Network & Spatial” alongside Michael Jordan from Utopia Global Inc. This workshop is for any organization trying to get more value from the analysis of data, considering a linear project, or preparing for an S4/HANA migration. Workshops will be taking place on Wednesday, October 12th. To join this Asset Data Management workshop, you can click here to register. Please note that each workshop requires an attendance fee of $399 USD.

 

Here is a sneak peek of the workshop:

 

The analysis that comes from data can change the way a company operates. There has been ample written on the explosion of data that has occurred over the last number of years, to help drive value from this transactional data organization requires trustworthy master data.

This workshop will cover 3 primary aspects of data;  governance, spatial and new approaches. Topics will include:

  • Establishing a solid business case for asset master data quality
  • Synchronizing structured and unstructured asset master data
  • SAP Enterprise Asset Management and how to tie data together in an SAP Fiori user experience-based asset master data staging area
  • Accessing and integrating critical supplier content using the SAP Asset Intelligence Network
  • Preparing your data for a linear project
  • Geo enabling SAP the options – a look at GEF, GEO.e and LAM

Click here for more information on how to attend the entire SAP for Utilities conference.

Join Vesta’s Master Data Workshop at SAP4U 20162017-01-25T13:29:28+00:00

Vesta will Exhibit at 2016 SAP for Utilities Conference

Vesta to Exhibit at the 2016 SAP for Utilities Conference (#SAP4U) as a Silver Sponsor

Join Vesta Partners, October 9th – 12th at the HYATT Regency Resort & Spa in Huntington Beach, CA for this year’s SAP for Utilities North American conference. Vesta Partners will be exhibiting as a Silver Sponsor at this year’s SAP4U event.

SAP for Utilities is North America’s most comprehensive utilities program designed specifically for this ever-evolving community. As the utilities industry continues to transform and evolve the way we interact with customers, data and assets, it is more important than ever to hear solutions and expertise from your peers on how to drive success with new technology and digital innovations. SAP for Utilities is the annual go-to event that unites over 1,000 utilities professionals from across North America and the globe. Join your peers from all sectors of the industry—including power generation, transmission, distribution, retail, gas, water, waste, recycling and more—to embrace innovative solutions, fresh ideas and thought-leading insights to improve your business performance.

This year two representatives from Vesta Partners will be speaking at SAP for Utilities.

Ben Mansi will  be presenting alongside Amber Osterman from Northwestern Energy on Monday, October 10th. Their track “Thee Month EAM Project for 11 Hydro Plants” will cover how Northwestern Energy installed a maintenance management system for 11 hydroelectric plants in 12 weeks.

Vesta’s CSO Len Harms will be presenting a workshop on Wednesday, October 12th with Michael Jordan from Utopia Global Inc. Their workshop “Asset Data Management: Deep Dive into Master Data, Asset Intelligence Network & Spatial” is designed for any organization trying to get more value from analyzing data, considering a linear project or preparing for an S4/HANA migration.

Click here for more information on how to join Vesta Partners at this year’s SAP for Utilities conference in Huntington Beach.

Vesta will Exhibit at 2016 SAP for Utilities Conference2017-01-25T13:29:28+00:00

Vesta to Present at the International SAP Conference for Utilities, Netherlands

Vesta to Present at the International SAP Conference for Utilities, Netherlands

 

Vesta Partners will be presenting during the Utilities Partner Track at International SAP Conference for Utilities taking place in the Hague, Netherlands. Vesta’s Len Harms will be co-presenting with Paul Lane from AusNet Services. Their presentation titled, “Achieving Asset Integration and Alignment for Improved Asset Performance” will cover:

Having major assets in four disparate legacy physical asset systems made understanding asset performance impossible. To meet this challenge, AusNet Services completed the full transfer of their regulated asset base, both physical and financial to SAP. Hear how AusNet Services is achieving asset integration and alignment for improved asset performance using SAP and 5 critical factors you should consider when you integrate your network assets.

Hailing from Wangaratta in North East Victoria, Paul is currently AusNet Services Works and Asset Management Business Lead for their recent SAP Implementation. He has amassed over 30 years operational knowledge in the electricity distribution field in both technical and managerial capacities

Key Takeaways

  • Aligning Physical and Financial Assets – What’s the difference and why you need to think carefully about both
  • Aligning DOMS(Distribution Outage Management System), GIS and ERP and mobility views of Physical Assets – Long Chain Integration
  • Asset Creation – Critical Processes to Phase in/ Phase out assets
  • Utilising SAP Compatible units to aid Asset Creation
  • Transitioning to an integrated asset creation approach

Join Vesta Partners this year at the International SAP Conference for Utilities, click here for registration information.

Vesta to Present at the International SAP Conference for Utilities, Netherlands2017-01-25T13:29:36+00:00

Vesta To Be a Premium Sponsor at the 2016 International SAP Conference in The Hague, Netherlands

Vesta To Be a Premium Sponsor at the 2016 International SAP Conference in The Hague, Netherlands

The International SAP Conference for Utilities & Oil and Gas is the most comprehensive customer-centric event in Europe offerring valuable presentations and key insights for management within the SAP industry. The event is specifically designed for Directors, Department Heads, Managers, and Project Managers.

What to expect?

  • Hear first-hand from global customers on the benefits of using SAP across the entire value chain
  • Learn how to evaluate, deploy, use, and customize the SAP suite solutions to accelerate production and lower costs. Fully understand the scope, functionality, value, and implementation process of SAP applications across different business scenarios
  • Meet and network with over 450 industry experts, peers from leading oil and gas companies & like-minded professionals who will be able to answer your questions, share lessons learned, new techniques, insights, and best practice to optimize your business processes
  • Fully evaluate and understand how the comprehensive suite of applications can optimize your business process
  • Meet with SAP’s partner ecosystem and learn more about solutions and services on offer

Join Vesta and some of the industry’s best and brightest at the International SAP Conference, April 11-13 in The Hague, Netherlands. The annual conference brings together senior leadership, decision-makers, business process owners, analysts, super users, support teams and solution providers and many other business professionals. Come join us at the single location for an experiential event built around interactive learning and peer collaboration. Vesta Partners will be located at booth #17. Don’t miss Vesta’s Len Harms and Rob Ericsson who will be presenting during two different track sessions at this years International SAP Conference. Keep a look out for more information about their upcoming presentations!

Register today to join Vesta Partners at this year’s International SAP Conference in the Netherlands!

Vesta To Be a Premium Sponsor at the 2016 International SAP Conference in The Hague, Netherlands2017-01-25T13:29:37+00:00

Vesta Partners to Exhibit at SAP for Utilities 2015 in Huntington Beach, CA

Vesta Partners to Exhibit at SAP for Utilities 2015 in Huntington Beach, CA

Join Vesta Partners, September 13th – 16th at the HYATT Regency Resort & Spa in Huntington Beach, CA for this year’s SAP for Utilities North American conference.

SAP for Utilities is North America’s most comprehensive utilities program designed specifically for this ever-evolving community. It is the annual go-to event that unites over 1,000 utilities professionals from across North America and the globe.

Vesta’s Len Harms and SAP’s Rory Shaffer will be speaking about “Achieving Operational Excellence in a Data Driven World”. Learn how the latest technical innovations create an opportunity to transform your business. Check out Len’s latest blog post “How to Digest the Acronyms” for a preview of his presentation.

Terry Wireman will be speaking about a SAP hot topic “The Good, The Bad & The ISO 55000”. Terry will examine the great technology advancements, trends that may negatively affect businesses, and some unanswered questions about ISO 55000 standard. Stay tuned for Terry Wireman’s weekly blog posts leading up to the Utilities conference. Click here for a preview of “The Good”. Len and Terry’s presentations will be taking place on September 14th.

Register to attend SAP for Utilities today!

Vesta Partners to Exhibit at SAP for Utilities 2015 in Huntington Beach, CA2017-01-25T13:29:42+00:00

Martin Stenzig Conducting a Micro-Forum at Int’l Utilities and Oil & Gas SAP

Martin Stenzig Conducting a Micro-Forum at International SAP

Martin Stenzig, Vesta Partners President of North America will be conducting a micro-forum at this year’s International SAP Conference taking place in Berlin, Germany. Stenzig’s micro-forum and demonstration on taking a GIS View with SAP Mobile Solutions will take place Tuesday, April 14th 2015. This session is designed to showcase the integration of mobile solutions from SAP for work management, GIS, linear asset management, and land management right of ways. Gain an understanding of the capabilities and flexibility in offerings based on the latest version of SAP Mobile Platform when applied to enterprise asset maintenance. Attendees will see a live demo of these key elements.

Vesta Partners is excited to join SAP experts and partners at this year’s International SAP Utilities and Oil & Gas Conference taking place at City Cube. Stop by booth C3 for a demo or to talk to our Vesta Partners solutions experts.

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Martin Stenzig Conducting a Micro-Forum at Int’l Utilities and Oil & Gas SAP2017-01-25T13:29:50+00:00

Vesta, a Premium Sponsor at the 2015 International SAP Conference in Berlin, Germany

Vesta To Be a Premium Sponsor at the 2015 International SAP Conference in Berlin, Germany

The International SAP Conference for Utilities & Oil and Gas is the most comprehensive customer-centric event in Europe offers valuable presentations and key insights for management within the SAP industry. The event is specifically designed for Directors, Department Heads, Managers, and Project Managers.

  • Hear first-hand from global customers on the benefits of using SAP across the entire value chain
  • Learn how to evaluate, deploy, use, and customize the SAP suite solutions to accelerate production and lower costs. Fully understand the scope, functionality, value, and implementation process of SAP applications across different business scenarios
  • Meet and network with over 450 industry experts, peers from leading oil and gas companies & like-minded professionals who will be able to answer your questions, share lessons learned, new techniques, insights, and best practice to optimize your business processes
  • Fully evaluate and understand how the comprehensive suite of applications can optimize your business process
  • Meet with SAP’s partner ecosystem and learn more about solutions and services on offer

Join Vesta and some of the industry’s best and brightest at International SAP Conference, April 13-16 in Berlin, Germany. The annual conference brings together senior leadership, decision-makers, business process owners, analysts, super users, support teams and solution providers among others, to one location for an experiential event built around interactive learning and peer collaboration. This year Vesta’s Tony Brand will be conducting a workshop and Martin Stenzig and Rob Ericsson will be presenting a demonstration at this years International SAP Conference. Register today to join Vesta Partners in Germany!

Vesta, a Premium Sponsor at the 2015 International SAP Conference in Berlin, Germany2017-01-25T13:29:51+00:00
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