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PEPCO official urges power firms to invest in new IT technologies

ISLAMABAD: An official of the Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) has urged the power utility companies to invest in acquiring new IT technologies and processes, along with increasing the generation capacity, to improve the management and curtail operational cost, a statement said on Thursday.

Addressing a conference on “SAP-enabled business transformation in Pakistan’s utilities sector,” organised by SAP and Abacus Consulting, PEPCO Managing Director Tahir Basharat Cheema said that recourse to new technologies has become urgent for the utilities, particularly when the country is faced with the acute power crisis.

“This power crisis is considered to be the worst of the four such crises the nation has faced since 1974-75,” he said.

The focus of the conference is on how SAP is contributing to the achievements of key business objectives through process enablement and automation in the utilities sector.

Hassan Latif Jamal, Country Head, SAP Pakistan, said that the company is a leading provider of software to electricity generation and distribution companies globally.

SAP empowers over 1,600 utility companies, including 275 plus power generation units globally with industry’s best practices to achieve operational efficiency in every aspect of their businesses, including enterprise asset management, grid maintenance, energy management to name just a few, he said.

The conference will demonstrate to the utility companies in Pakistan on how to become best run business.

Asad Ali Khan, President, Abacus Consulting, explained that with SAP’s comprehensive suite of applications for the utilities sector, integrated with global best practices and Abacus Consulting’s diverse experience, major utility companies can optimise key end-to-end business processes, he said.

Khan said that the utility companies can achieve key business goals such as improving employee productivity by optimising processes for workforce, talent management, maximising energy efficiency, financial excellence, operational excellence and superior customer value.

“SAP will enable the utility companies to respond rapidly to the changes in this dynamic environment, be flexible enough in supporting a variety of technologies and help them to offer innovative and personalised customer-focused services in the future,” he said.

Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) and Abacus Consulting executives jointly shared the SAP ERP success story. SAP ERP went live at KESC in March 2009 as part of the company’s efforts to achieve business transformation

KESC Chief Executive Officer Tabish Gauhar shared his experiences, lessons learned and useful information regarding challenges associated with the implementation of an integrated top-tier solution across the enterprise.

KESC is working on several transformation initiatives and one key stream was SAP ERP followed by SAP business intelligence, utilities billing and customer care solutions (currently being implemented), he said.

During the conference, a panel discussion was also held on the latest tools, techniques, and tips to help the utilities companies master the SAP solution for transforming their business in the utilities sector.
Source: The News
Date:7/30/2010